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post #11 of 13 Old 03-16-2016, 06:04 PM
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The OP's first post says the mare was previously used to being stabled with turnout - which could mean she had a run in type set up so could go in and out as she pleased or that she was stabled for X number of hours of the day or night and turned out for the rest of the time
If she was stabled for any amount of time she'll be used to hay so the only adjustment will be to a different type of hay
If the turnout was just a dirt paddock she might not be used to grass and that is something that could upset her digestive system if she gets too much too soon
Some horses are very much creatures of habit and actually don't enjoy suddenly living out 24/7 when they've never done it before - it isn't 'natural' to them because its not what they're used too
Morgans are very at risk of laminitis so being out on good grass 24/7 might not be beneficial to her
I've also seen more overweight ponies and horses on large lush fields than I've seen on well run stable yards - and they don't run around to exercise themselves - they graze and they rest and then they graze some more. The only time they walk around much is when the grazing is sparse and they have to go searching for something worth eating
Whether or not you need to supplement the hay really depends on how good it is - no hay retains much Vitamin E or A and horses need both to stay healthy but if you've got grass as well as the hay you might be OK
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post #12 of 13 Old 03-16-2016, 09:00 PM
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Lots of good advise.
Bottom line, horses do best when able to be on full time turnout, but you have to take some things into consideration.
Our domestic horses don't , or can't travel miles and miles very day, eating almost constantly, but lower quality ( nutritionally speaking) and sparser amount of forage
Instead, they are kept in pastures, often with enriched type grasses, meant for cattle, and with no need to cover miles to get that forage
Setting free choice hay in front of a horse, is also not the same, as a horse needing to move, grab a mouthful here or there.
Thus, since we have confined our domestic horses to some extent of another, making fleeing from predators and seeking food not necessary, we then have to modify as to how we provide that free choice hay, that either encourages movement, limits the intake, or both.
'Pasture paradise,' slow feeder hay nets, a grazing muzzles are some modifications we use.
For horses that are IR like one of mine, you have to dry lott them, thus control everything that goes into their mouth, making turn out only possible when all that grass is truly dead, and even so, this year I had to keep up a portable electric fence, to limit grazing area, as our winter was very mild, hardly having any snow to make Smilie work for that forage
Far as supplements,ditto what Jaydee said, far as hay and vit e and a loss, plus there also should be a source of omega 3
All horses should have assess to free choice minerals and salt.
Beyond that, if forage alone is not supplying the amount of protein and energy (calories ), required for weight maintenance or work load, you can feed cool calories (preferred over hot )
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-21-2016, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the comments. She has been in a stall/boarding situation for 10 years, but she has done shows and has been turned out. Right now she is on her 4th day at the new place. She is in a pen by herself for another couple of days, then they will move her to another pen where she can meet her new herd over a fence. She will stay there for about a week before letting her go into her herd. She seems fine, but a bit lonely. I go see her everyday and just talk to her, groom her and love on her. I won't ride her until she is a little more comfortable with her surroundings. She is doing great on just hay. I am giving her so e supplements that she came with, and I will keep her on those. She is just a wonderful horse. I have never bonded with a horse so fast in my life!
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