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post #11 of 12 Old 09-04-2019, 04:16 PM
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I have a mare who is also a very easy keeper. She gets out a couple times a day for limited grazing. The rest of the time she's in a dry lot with hay (which she chooses to ignore most of the time - hoping to go out on grass).

What works for me is I set up some travel panels in my paddocks and force her to eat down the long/stemmy/overgrown grass areas that haven't been touched. It's a good way to get some of the grass eaten down that otherwise might be ignored and as mentioned above, it isn't as full of sugars as the lush/short grass.

I think your horse would do fine with some supervised/short term grazing sessions. It is good for their mind to actually eat like horses.

I also let her loose with the other horses to graze - not long before they get their ration. I know they will all come running in for it so no hard-to-catch horses to deal with.
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post #12 of 12 Old 09-12-2019, 10:57 AM
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I have a (treated) PPID and IR horse, and I still let her out to graze for 1-3 hours (depending on the time of year) with a grazing muzzle on. It keeps her sane and much happier. She needs to run and act like a horse sometimes. The only time I cut it off is if her body fat shows me that she could use a few days off the grass, typically during the seasonal rise. If you slowly introduce grass to your horse, since it’s been getting none, it’d be good for him!
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