Originally Posted by vicky88
Just brought home a 16 yr old quarter horse.
There was no pasture were she came from.
I let her out to look around for about an hour.
My plan is to let her out for about 3 hours this evening then put her in for the night.
Put her back out in the morning for the day. I
s this too fast of a transition for her.
I don't want to end up with a sick horse.
I would transition her over to pasture over a period of a few weeks to a month.
I would work in increments of an hour or 2, the first few days,
then 3 hours to 1/2 day for a few days,
then 1/2 day for a period of a week, then a little longer, etc., etc.
I would be keeping her up, or at least in a smaller paddock with plenty of hay to help her make the transition as well.
As others have already said,.., especially if the grass is lush.
Spring pasture AND
Fall pasture can be equally as lush.
Short, eaten down, grass can be potenent as it is usually very high in sugar content also.
You could invest in a grazing muzzle for her, as you introduce her to pasture.
Then she could be out with the herd, moving around some, but not over eating
I would definitely be keeping her up in for 1/2 of a 24 period, AFTER the weeks of transitioning to a 10-12 hour day on grass.