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    05-27-2012, 01:44 AM
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Foal
Mini on Pasture Questions "Dry Lotting"

Ok so I didn't know where else to post this. So here goes.

I'm making a "dry lot" for my mini. Right now he's penned up in the barn. I'v got part of the pasture he's going in mowed down. It went from 4 ft tall to about 5 inches tall in the tallest spot. I have to mow it down with my electric weed eater(battery last about 20 mins >.>) So it's going to be a slow process. My idea is to get it mowed down enough in one spot, put up a hot wire to close off that spot, then move it out as I get it mowed down. My questions are: Is 5 inches of grass short enough to put him in or should I try and go shorter? How long should I wait after mowing to put him in? Should I slowly intruduce him to it(start 2 hrs and add an hour every other day) or would he be ok just going out there? I want to reduce the risk of colic and founder as much as possible.
     
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    05-27-2012, 06:17 AM
  #2
Weanling
What is his weight like at the moment? I move my mini around with my gelding and tape off a small area for her with the grass mowed right down. When the grass was really long I raked up all of the cuttings first and then moved her in after a couple of days. If he hasnt been on any grass then it might be an idea to start slowly for a couple of hours at first if you want to be cautious. After a week or so she usually have eaten pretty much everything and then I just feed hay until its time to move them both. She also gets a couple of hours out with my other horse every day with a grazing muzzle on. It depends on what type of grass you have too, if it is spring grass then I would be taking it down as short as you can.
     
    05-27-2012, 07:45 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by kiwi79    
What is his weight like at the moment? I move my mini around with my gelding and tape off a small area for her with the grass mowed right down. When the grass was really long I raked up all of the cuttings first and then moved her in after a couple of days. If he hasnt been on any grass then it might be an idea to start slowly for a couple of hours at first if you want to be cautious. After a week or so she usually have eaten pretty much everything and then I just feed hay until its time to move them both. She also gets a couple of hours out with my other horse every day with a grazing muzzle on. It depends on what type of grass you have too, if it is spring grass then I would be taking it down as short as you can.
He's at his ideal weight. Thanks for the info =) I think I'll try and get it a little shorter and rake up the clippings and give it a few days before I put him on it. I'll also go slow on the transitioning. I hate taking out tall grass with a weed eater =/
     

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