I could swear I've asked this before, but I went through all my old threads and tried searching and I'm not coming up with anything.
I have two overweight minis that are currently kept in a dry lot, we keep them there every summer. They've never foundered but they've been on the edge of it a few times, plus they just don't need to gain any more weight.
We also have two riding horses in a regular pasture. Every winter we open all the gates and let everyone frolic together. (The minis are on the largish side and the horses are a bit small, they get along great and have a grand old time.)
We've obviously done this before but I just can't remember. When is it safe to let the minis into the grass pasture? The horses have eaten it down pretty thoroughly, they've been on hay for a month or so already themselves but there are still some small patches of short grass.
I *think* with the grass as short as it is they'd be fine but the last thing I want is for one of the little guys to founder. I've heard that after grass gets a frost it has a higher sugar content too so I'm not sure what to do. We've gotten several good frosts now, it doesn't freeze every night but it's getting close.
Anyone else do this or know when it's safe for them?