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post #11 of 14 Old 08-26-2009, 06:51 AM
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Okay I just want to say we all have different view points and ways of doing things, etc. I do think that ideally horses should have grass/hay to eat the majority of the day. But things are not always ideal. In the wild horses certainly don't always have great grazing year round. They adapt to their environment. However when we put them inside a fence and "domesticate them" it becomes our responsibility to make sure they are properly cared for.

Our place's situation is not ideal. We have super sandy soil and unless we get a ton of rain we have sparse grass in the pastures. We do have a few open pastures that get decent grass and can be used for grazing. Could it be better? Yes there are probably things that could be done to provide better grazing such as fertilizer, watering rotating pastures, etc.

But it is what it is and the care is very good and the horses are happy and healthy. We feed high quality hay (timothy alfalfa) that costs about $12/bale. We feed quality grain and supplements as needed per horse. They are fed twice a day and get 2 flakes am/pm typically. Every horse at our barn is at their proper weight if not a little overweight (some ponies that get almost nothing) Some have some grass, some don't, some really don't need any because of health issues. None of them seemed distressed, bored or unhappy. We have colic very rarely but with the number of horses we have I think at some point over the years colic will occur. We give horses pysillium monthly and usually have no issues.

I am against round bales unless you can get them from a very reliable source, too many issues with them.

Most boarders let their horses hand graze in common areas or use the open pastures if they want their horses to get extra grass.

So you have to take into account what each horse is accustomed to, what works best for you and the horse. To OP: this barn may not be for you. Yes if they are okay with you supplementing with extra hay then maybe it will work, if not you may want to look around for another barn. I think that is the best solution. Unfortunately you cannot come into an established barn and change the way they do things or necessarily get the "premium" pasture. So might need to look for another barn.

Good luck!

P.S. Sorry I repeated so much, I hadn't been on this thread for a while so sorry!!

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Okay I just want to say we all have different view points and ways of doing things, etc. I do think that ideally horses should have grass/hay to eat the majority of the day. But things are not always ideal. In the wild horses certainly don't always have great grazing year round. They adapt to their environment. However when we put them inside a fence and "domesticate them" it becomes our responsibility to make sure they are properly cared for.

Our place's situation is not ideal. We have super sandy soil and unless we get a ton of rain we have sparse grass in the pastures. We do have a few open pastures that get decent grass and can be used for grazing. Could it be better? Yes there are probably things that could be done to provide better grazing such as fertilizer, watering rotating pastures, etc.

But it is what it is and the care is very good and the horses are happy and healthy. We feed high quality hay (timothy alfalfa) that costs about $12/bale. We feed quality grain and supplements as needed per horse. They are fed twice a day and get 2 flakes am/pm typically. Every horse at our barn is at their proper weight if not a little overweight (some ponies that get almost nothing) Some have some grass, some don't, some really don't need any because of health issues. None of them seemed distressed, bored or unhappy. We have colic very rarely but with the number of horses we have I think at some point over the years colic will occur. We give horses pysillium monthly and usually have no issues.

I am against round bales unless you can get them from a very reliable source, too many issues with them.

Most boarders let their horses hand graze in common areas or use the open pastures if they want their horses to get extra grass.

So you have to take into account what each horse is accustomed to, what works best for you and the horse. To OP: this barn may not be for you. Yes if they are okay with you supplementing with extra hay then maybe it will work, if not you may want to look around for another barn. I think that is the best solution. Unfortunately you cannot come into an established barn and change the way they do things or necessarily get the "premium" pasture. So might need to look for another barn.

Good luck!

P.S. Sorry I repeated so much, I hadn't been on this thread for a while so sorry!!

Of course we would all love the ideal situation but like you said sometimes it is just not possible but if we can do other things to make up for it then that makes it better for us and our horses :) I don't think we will have much of a problem with us buying extra hay for them I know there are a few other boarders who buy their own hay so I really dont see that being a problem now that i know that! It's not like i'm asking for my board to be lowered or anything like that so I dont think they will necessarily have a problem with it! I also know that my mare would probably be better off not on grass as much since she can get huge on it. I think as long as i can give her hay in the evenings after our workouts she will be ok or on the weekends just some extra! I like the barn and they do take care of the horses like i said none of them are underweight or unhealthy looking but this is jsut something iwould feel better doing for my horse :)
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Perhaps, if your horse is truly getting an adequate amount of hay per day, an option would be to feed smaller amounts 3-4 X's per day.
Extending the grazing/eating hours per day and reducing the boredom associated with dry-lot turn-out can be challenging. I have never been a big fan of simply throwing out a few flakes. Equine dietary needs change when the desired natural environment is simply impossible. I feed each of my boarders horses a diet based on their individual needs and take into consideration factors such as age, weight, body condition, discipline and routine exercise. There have been times when I have consulted with a dietary specialist referred through my vet office. This has helped me and the owners quite a bit to ensure their horse is receiving the correct diet and can be kept in the best condition possible. All of the horses here are on seasonal pasture turn-out, however, I do have to stall feed when the grass is no longer providing adequate nutritional requirements. Then I have found that 4-5 meals a day is best.
Be careful of feeding practices when ground feeding on sandy soils. Sand ingestion can be problematic and in conditions such as this I have used a hay bag and constructed a sand free area underneath to minimize sand consumption.
My suggestion would be to discuss your horse's dietary needs with a specialist and then get together with your BO. When seeking a consult, I have been asked to bring a sample of the hay and the nutritional value listings on the grain sack and supplements.
It is very important that my clients are happy with the services provided and beginning with the health basic is an important aspect of providing quality equine care.
I hope you are able to find a solution that makes you feel a bit more comfortable about entrusting the care and well being of your horse to another person.
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post #14 of 14 Old 08-26-2009, 01:28 PM
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