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Old 05-08-2007, 07:51 AM   #1
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When to turn out 24/7 on grass?

Over a week ago I started turning out our geldings on a nice grass pasture. They're up to about 3 hrs twice a day and both seem to be doing well. Actually, they're not even eating all the time when they're out there, oddly enough.

At what point, i.e. when we're up to how many hours per time, does it become okay to just turn them out full time?

And if one were to founder, does it usually happen in the beginning while turning them out onto pasture, or does it happen at any time?
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:10 AM   #2
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If they have a history of founder, you are doing great. I have a friend with a mare that she used to feed hay in the morning to, and then turn her out. She could graze, but since her belly was already full, she didn't eat as much as she would have otherwise.. You can also do a grazing muzzle, but I think letting them out a little at a time like you are doing is fine!
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:27 AM   #3
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If they don't have a history of founder, as soon as the nighttime temps consistently stay above 50 I would feel safe turning them out full time, considering the amount of turnout they have now. The grass doesn't have as much fructan in it when the nighttime temps stay warmer.

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