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post #11 of 13 Old 04-22-2014, 03:06 PM
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If they aren't in heavy work or anything it should be fine. If the grass hasn't come in yet, you may need to give some hay. If you look at the picture in my avatar, those two are my Belgians. They are just trail ridden lightly, and haven't been fed feed in several years now. Grass is what they were designed for, rather than processed feed products. As long as they are otherwise healthy, I wouldn't worry about it. Do be wary of all the fresh spring grass coming up though. If there are any issues hoof wise, or sensitivities to it, part of the day kept up with quality hay may be needed.
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-22-2014, 04:43 PM
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Horse needs to be fed and grained too. This amount of land won't sustain anything at all for much more than week, and by time horse walks it down?

Will be weed city.

And don't know where you are but grass is just starting to come up here, and if had a horse, even on 2 acres at this point, would still be feeding hay.

Basically, if horse has good grass and plenty of it, it will not touch hay usually.

IF the grass is not good or enough, it will devour hay all year around.

If your sister doesn't want to properly take care of horse, and situation you are describing is not proper care, then she needs to get rid of horse.

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post #13 of 13 Old 04-22-2014, 04:52 PM
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1/4 is not ever enough. I live in a temperate zone and graze my 3 horses on 4 acres, 6 months out of the year. Even so, during the 2012 and 2013 drought I had to supplement with hay.
Where there is enough rain you should have 4 acres/1 horse/all year grazing AND you will need to monitor in the Spring to take your horse OFF of the pasture for about 2-3 months. Otherwise you WILL have grass founder. I have never had this, but my Vet always tells me how many cases she treats EVERY SPRING. I also know of a couple who rented a house with 10 fenced in acres for their 2 horses. They both foundered the next Spring.
How do I prevent it? I let my horses graze the 3 acre pasture at all times. It has a lot of dandelions, but constant cropping on acreage that ISN'T large enough to support the 3 of them keeps it short and safe. Then, I open up the other areas for short term grazing, or, sometimes, they don't get the 3/4 acre south pasture until June.
I always put up enough hay to have what I need to supplement past the winter.
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