Time in field?
Hello everyone I really need a question answered. I have 5 mares right now and 4 are my personal horses, 2 of my horses are a little thin, deffinatly not under weight, just a bit thinner then I would like because they are more submissive. I have them all in a 4 acre area in the mornings and afternoons where I work them all out, its to hot during the day to work them so I put them in the back field for a few hours where the grass is very tall.
leading them to the field is a hassle because some untrained geldings are in the field in front of them and they always rile my horses up. the back field is about 20 acres. Thankfully they are in the routine and know they are going back there. Anyway I am wondering how long it is safe to leave the horses back there, I was thinking of leaving 4 of them out at night once they are used to the grass a bit more(and the grass starts to dry out) but im worried about founder. I could probably lessen the hay they are getting to compensate for the extra grass. the other owner just put all the geldings out there 24/7 and they are never worked but never founder and they are in a bigger area then my horses. All of Mine are worked out often and in pretty good shape, Im trying to figure out a way to make it easier on me having to walk 2 miles a day there and back there and back. Although I would gladly do it for my horses.
I also want the 2 too gain some weight but I don't know whether to leave all of them in there for a bit longer then usual or to try and make more trips for the 2 that could use a little weight gain. I don't think an extra hour will hurt the others in good shape, especially since they all get ridden a lot sometimes they are ridden 4 or 5 hours a day, not serious work but they do get their share of exercise.
Any advice would help, I think the biggest issue is the crazy geldings that chase me and try to kick me but that is fixed with a long lunge whip although my horses still get a bit riled.