Join Date: May 2016
Location: The boondocks of Kansas
• Horses: 0
It takes about 7-10 days for horse's bacteria gut population to adjust to a new feed, so you should be fine on your plans of an hour, then half a day, then a full day on pasture at your place. Truthfully 1 1/2- 2 acres is not much grazing for a single horse, much less 2, so you will need a sacrifice area where you can put the horses while the grazing area recovers and grows. That also means you will need a good hay supplier so start looking for one now so you can get some before bringing any horse home permanently.
It really depends on the horse whether he is fine by himself or needs a companion immediately. Both our TWH's could can less if they get out of sight of each other or are taken off the place without the other. Our Belgian gelding was an only for about 3 weeks after my show gelding died----he never laid down and was a basket case by himself! The night we brought the TWH's home, he finally laid down to sleep and was a much happier horse, back to his normal steady eddie self for the rest of his life.
Enjoy having your horse at home----it really is satisfying to have him where you can see him whenever you want!
Last edited by Prairie; 05-20-2016 at 12:14 PM.
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