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BigBenLoverforLife 03-20-2013 01:25 PM

Which is a better bet?
 
Hello! In past springs my horse has had mild colic due to the spring grass being so rich and I am moving to a new barn, and the grass is even richer their. So I was just wondering what would be more effective? 1. Every other day turnout, or 2. Half day turn outs, does it even matter? I think I will go with every other day turnout since it will be easier so I can just leave a white board on his stall that has the dates he can go out. One guy manages 25 horses so I just dont want him to forget about Ben, if he were to go out half days. He wont go out on the weekends since he has been on that system for years. I was thinking maybe Mon-Wed-Fri he can go out, then for a few hours on Sat or Sun when I am there with him? I just worry about him so much, I am going to colic myself! (I know its not possible :lol:) Which would you decide?

Also once mid summer hits and the grass is less green, he can go out as much as he wants :-)

It may help to know the pastures are VERY clovery!

Thanks for you help!

waresbear 03-20-2013 01:33 PM

The ideal is a few hours every day. Hand grazing is a good way to get their digestive systems back on track with grass.
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BigBenLoverforLife 03-20-2013 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by waresbear (Post 1968353)
The ideal is a few hours every day. Hand grazing is a good way to get their digestive systems back on track with grass.
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Thanks! I can walk to the barn from my school, but I will only have time for a hour a day. :? I think I will also have a talk with my vet once I see him again, to see which is better.

waresbear 03-20-2013 01:47 PM

An hour a day is perfect!
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poppy1356 03-20-2013 01:48 PM

The barn I work at has two paddocks that go to pasture come spring. They start at an hour a day and slowly work up to 8 hours a day over a period of 2-3 weeks. Founder is the biggest worry with new spring grass.

BigBenLoverforLife 03-20-2013 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by poppy1356 (Post 1968545)
The barn I work at has two paddocks that go to pasture come spring. They start at an hour a day and slowly work up to 8 hours a day over a period of 2-3 weeks. Founder is the biggest worry with new spring grass.

*Knock on wood* Never had a problem with founder, and with this barn it is fairly small, so there isn't enough room for two separate pastures.

BigBenLoverforLife 03-20-2013 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by waresbear (Post 1968537)
An hour a day is perfect!
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Thanks! :D

Shropshirerosie 03-20-2013 02:47 PM

And I will just add to the advice from the other posters that every other day is NOT a good idea. That's just going to give a feast-famine-feast-famine diet which is more likely to cause problems.

BigBenLoverforLife 03-20-2013 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie (Post 1969017)
And I will just add to the advice from the other posters that every other day is NOT a good idea. That's just going to give a feast-famine-feast-famine diet which is more likely to cause problems.


Thanks, if he also got more hay on the days he didnt go out would that be okay? He has always been fine with no turnout on the weekends, and never have had a problem. Or is it different?

Blue Smoke 03-20-2013 03:08 PM

agree^^^

At a well managed barn they will do what poppy said, start out at an hour a day for a few days, increase to 2 hours a day for a few days, and so on, it slowly accustoms their digestive system to the grass instead of just tossing them out one day when someone decides the grass is ready, which is what causes founder and colic and a lot of diarrhea. Yes it can be tricky getting horses rounded back up after only an hour or 2 out on grass, but it is best for them. I also wouldn't suggest every other day, to me you'd be delaying his transition and confusing his gut, as well as frustrating him from being in a stall all day one day and out the next.

Have you talked to the new barn manager about how he handles turnout on spring grass? He may already have a plan in place for that, most do, and you can explain your concerns about your horses sensitivity to rich spring grass and his past history of colic, he may even be able to monitor your horse while hes turned out to make sure he doesn't colic during that transition period.


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