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post #11 of 17 Old 04-22-2011, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, if you must keep her on lush pasture(why 20 acres?? Why not just one between a couple of minis?), keep her muzzled. I too haven't noticed muzzled horses having probs socially(altho they can't groom eachother as effectively), but even if she did, that's preferrable to the danger of allowing her to graze unrestricted.
It's 20 acres because that's what he has. He used to raise horses and he does not anymore. Somebody keeps a mini there and he offered to have my mini graze there, too. It would be silly to restrict them to one acre and have 19 just hangin out not being used.
I do not know if it's truly lush, just lusher than the dry lot she's on
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It would be silly to restrict them to one acre and have 19 just hangin out not being used.
I do not know if it's truly lush, just lusher than the dry lot she's on
Sorry, but why do you perceive that as silly? Silly for who?? Certainly not the horses in question. It would be sillier to allow them to be unrestricted & cause them to become laminitic.

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Sorry, but why do you perceive that as silly? Silly for who?? Certainly not the horses in question. It would be sillier to allow them to be unrestricted & cause them to become laminitic.
It would be silly because it's useless land without them. The other mini has been there 5 years and has yet to founder. The mini is not obese, he is actualy thinner than my horse is on just hay.
I do plan to muzzle her. I always did. I just worried about transitioning her to a new herd situation with a muzzle on.
I'm not sure why you think it's a big deal that the two of them will have room to roam? My vet certainly didn't seem concerned, infact she thought it was great that they would have so much room to walk and play and be horses in general. I'm not going to just throw her out there and let her eat until she dies or something...
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It would be silly because it's useless land without them.
It's not the 'room to roam' I'm thinking of - more exercise & living with another horse or more is of course a good thing. It's the 20 acres of 'lush' pasture. Considering that, the only 'silliness' would be allowing them to be unrestricted just for the sake of not 'wasting' the land.

But I only have your words to go on remember. I'm only giving my opinion & experience as a hoof care practitioner (unfortunately having had much experience with lami & common probs of rich or too much feed) Perhaps if the other mini isn't overweight & your vet knows the property & isn't concerned it's perfectly fine... or perhaps the other one is losing weight due to IR & the vet doesn't have much understanding of the subject - who knows, I'm only providing info on what may be & unfortunately commonly is. On that note, safergrass.org is one place you can learn more about the considerations of feed & pasture and hoofrehab.com is a good site for more info on hoof health & all the factors involved. It's always a good move to manage a horse in order to prevent these things where possible, rather than wait & see if they become a prob before attempting to treat them.

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I do agree that it is safer to manage before it becomes a problem. The other pony didn't show any of the signs of IR that I saw in the last horses I worked with that had it. The property is by no means 'lush' just lusher than the completely grass-less half acre she is on. It has never been seeded, and to my knowledge is kept mown and is never terribly high.
Thank you for those sites, though. I'm going to keep them on hand for quick reference. I would never have let my pony go out on a pasture like that with no muzzle at all, it was really just the adjustment period I was concerned about. I didn't want to take away her defense, I've seen some pretty nasty fights on first meets and I didnt want her to be left running to a corner.
I am blessed with a mini that isnt a terribly easy keeper, and one who does not like to eat all day long so I'm hoping that between those traits, her muzzle, and the conditioning/training she will be starting when she moves that her weight can be kept down to a reasonable ammount.
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With 20 acres, any two horses would be fine, even if they didn't get along. There's plenty of room for them to get away from the other. In time they would get more comfortable with each other and start to hang together. They are herd animals and there is safety in numbers although it's only two.

The only problem I would see is trying to catch them if they don't want to be caught.

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Little Cheesecake loves to be caught lol. She's so funny. If you squat down to her level and pretend to pull a leadline attached to her imaginary halter she'll think she has to follow this imaginary leadline! She'll come right to you, I love her for it!
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