I brought my 30 days pregnant mare home from the breeding farm where she and her gelding were being housed on a dry lot all spring and summer for her breeding. I have started them grazing for half hour and each day bumping it up by 5 minutes. They are up to 55 minutes today. Is this an ok acclamation plan? Or am I going to quickly for their systems? So far so good they have been home for 5 days under these terms. Not getting much grain (just a taste) and they are still getting hay when in there dry lot. Anyone have a suggestion or comment on this?
When we start grazing on a new pasture to a horse, we always let them have their hay first, as they will fill up on that and then not gorge on the nice lush pasture. If you send them out to pasture with little grain and no hay yet, they will try to fill up on the green grass. Then start adding additional time every few days. Within a couple of weeks they should be totally on pasture. Summer and fall pasture grass is not as bad as fresh spring grass. Just be cautious. the big thing we look at, is if they are full going out they will just graze while out there and acculimate better.
I grain in the am and turn them back out in the dry lot with Hay. We graze them, then feed dinner grain and hay again. If I could I would hay them before they get grazed but with my work schedual, they go out when I get home for their alotted time. I could try to give a flake of hay just before I graze them and then let them out, it just gets late! So, basically you think its ok to add time every few days? I have been adding 5 min each day.
(Message edited by jennifer on August 08, 2006)
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