Lush Spring Pastures

How will you be restricting your horses' spring pasture intake?

Using a grazing muzzle
Reducing turnout time
Turning them out in a dry-lot
Strip grazing
A combination of the above
I use a different method for reducing spring pasture intake
I don't restrict my horses' spring pasture intake

Total votes cast: 991

Comments & Write-in Answers

some of mine don't need to be restricted but some do.

2/17/2014 11:32:17 PM

only need to reduce intake for 2 horses in the herd

2/17/2014 10:31:51 PM

I reduce turnout time AND then use a grazing muzzle

2/17/2014 5:29:27 PM

Our horses are patured 24/7 they eat as much as they want. It has never been a problem.

2/17/2014 4:49:31 PM

My little pony has a grazing muzzle all year around and no extra feed intake inc hay.

2/17/2014 4:40:00 PM

Mini mare w/muzzle and limited turnout. Senior Arab gelding w/access 24/7.

2/17/2014 4:12:01 PM

my horses are always on 24/7 turnout with free choice hay in winter

2/16/2014 5:52:50 PM

I don't restrict grazing intake, just increase exercise.

2/16/2014 5:51:13 PM

We carefully transition the horses from all hay to all pasture in May. Some wear muzzles all summer

2/16/2014 5:09:05 PM

spring grass comes in so slowly here that it isn't usually a problem

2/16/2014 1:41:02 PM

Changing time of day for turnout ...pasture grass contains more sugar in morning. Wati til afternoon

2/15/2014 2:09:29 PM

Limited daily pasture turnout. The rest of the day in paddocks.

2/15/2014 12:37:01 PM

When my horse is in his dry-lot he has access to hay in a Nibblenet.

2/15/2014 10:53:31 AM

My OTTB's paddock doesn't have tons of grass, so his intake isn't restricted. Never had a problem.

2/15/2014 10:06:20 AM

Gradually increase turnout time as the grass comes in.

2/15/2014 8:09:33 AM

My herd is out 24x7.. which makes grass conservation, health of the land and herd difficultdiff

2/15/2014 7:50:20 AM

I continue to feed hay throughout Spring to buffer against the effects of Spring grass

2/15/2014 4:44:44 AM

have a couple founder prone appys. They tend to be overweight no matter what.

2/14/2014 8:38:18 PM

Until July 1st, I limit the boys time on the green grass to only a couple of hours a day.

2/14/2014 6:21:53 PM

they eat the new grass as it comes in and it takes a bit for it ot become lush. No probs in 15 yrs

2/14/2014 6:14:34 PM

"Paddock Paradise" track system! Excellent results over several years!

2/14/2014 2:38:03 PM

Our thoroughbreds are out on pasture everyday, weather permitting. 20acres to run,play and race in.

2/14/2014 12:30:39 PM

my horses are out 24/7-365. Never had a problem with spring grazing.

2/14/2014 11:48:34 AM

hand-walking/grazing, then short turnout in small area, gradually increasing. Read article#32185

2/14/2014 10:52:35 AM

it depends on the year and how fast the grass in growing. I watch and if need be reduce the time

2/14/2014 10:46:03 AM

We always want them used to eating hay, and also to keep them from foundering

2/14/2014 10:15:06 AM

DO NOT rely on muzzles, they can rub them off, had one get stuck on head, and had a swollen face

2/14/2014 5:36:52 AM

The pastures are grazed year round. therefore we don't get the big bloom of spring grass.

2/13/2014 8:41:59 PM

My horses are on pasture all year round. Unless it's a very harsh winter the grass grows still grows

2/13/2014 8:35:30 PM

He will stay in any pasture he is in

2/13/2014 7:59:11 PM

I limit time out on pastures and do patch grazing.

2/13/2014 7:51:20 PM

no muzzle

2/13/2014 7:05:58 PM

graze in the early morning before 11am lessens sugar iintake

2/13/2014 5:28:47 PM

Less, or no grain. He is in the pasture 24/7.

2/13/2014 1:06:09 PM

They are on pasture 24/7/365. I have no stalls or paddocks.

2/13/2014 11:02:43 AM

Because of where we are, my horses have no pasture and are fed hay all year round

2/13/2014 9:42:11 AM

Hand graze, gradually building up intake.

2/13/2014 8:21:45 AM

In Bulgaria it is usual to tether horses. We will tether at first, our version of strip grazing.

2/13/2014 4:45:03 AM

His paddock is sand so I don't have to worry abou him getting to much grass.

2/12/2014 10:28:08 PM

I have more horses than pasture so they are let into it carefully

2/12/2014 10:04:19 PM

They adjust themselves as the grass grows up

2/12/2014 9:44:31 PM

As the grass grows they get accustom to it with no problem.

2/12/2014 8:25:05 PM

I have 5 grazing horses but only one has to be restricted due to insulin resistance.

2/12/2014 8:11:55 PM

I feed hay before the horses get to go out in the spring grass, then slowly increase the time out.

2/12/2014 5:03:40 PM

My horse foundered last spring. She will be in a muzzle when not in a dry lot.

2/12/2014 5:02:34 PM

That would assume we will have spring

2/12/2014 4:51:39 PM

We start with hnd-grazing, then resticted grazing, increase gradually. Also use drylot.

2/12/2014 3:15:25 PM

Feed hay first then turn out gradually!

2/12/2014 3:06:14 PM

Hand graze. But w Calif's drought, we have no grrn grass to speak of. Sad sad sad =(

2/12/2014 12:51:32 PM

my winter pasture is overgrazed, spring growth will be slow coming in.

2/12/2014 12:24:00 PM

gradually increase turnout from just hay to grass pasture over the course of a month or two.

2/12/2014 11:23:46 AM

My mare has PSSM and needs a lot of turnout but not much grass.

2/12/2014 11:10:44 AM

I turn out for a couple of hours in the early morning and a couple of hours in the evening

2/12/2014 11:09:13 AM

lower ME grasses planted so restriction isnt as important

2/12/2014 10:55:49 AM

I use a paradise paddock

2/12/2014 10:49:01 AM

try to shread it after first growth and then turn out on second growth

2/12/2014 10:48:32 AM

I find it very difficult as have another horse who needs good pasture and i hate the thought of a gr

2/12/2014 10:43:07 AM

My horses are outside 24/7/365 with free choice hay, minerals, water and pasture.

2/12/2014 10:16:03 AM

I keep the pasture mowed low early as possible

2/12/2014 9:14:56 AM

Horses on dry lots until spring grass matures, then gradually longer turnout time on grass.

2/12/2014 8:07:52 AM

They're out 24/7 year-round; restricted horses gorge when allowed out, eat the same amount anyway.

2/12/2014 7:30:35 AM

Don't have enough grass for it to be a problem

2/12/2014 7:11:35 AM

I have 2 fatties that can live on air, but I like to see them out and about, must use grazing muzzle

2/12/2014 5:38:29 AM

Dry lot during the day, pasture at night

2/12/2014 12:37:42 AM

I don't have pasture- desert environment.

2/12/2014 12:20:39 AM

Both horses do well, haven't had any issues.

2/11/2014 10:48:03 PM

I alternate between half day in the stall and using a grazing muzzle.

2/11/2014 9:58:21 PM

I don't limit turnout time. I put them on pasture then to dry lot

2/11/2014 9:43:35 PM

At pasture 24x7 all year so get used to it as it grows in

2/11/2014 9:38:50 PM

Only the founder-prone ponies will be restricted. The others will be fine on pasture

2/11/2014 9:34:56 PM

Grazing muzzles don't work - he has mastered the art of eating through a grazing muzzle.

2/11/2014 8:42:30 PM

Reduced turnout for horse, brief turnout for mini-donkey but no grass for standard donkey.

2/11/2014 7:53:34 PM

I have 10 horses all with diff needs. Grass restriction varies for each.

2/11/2014 7:17:03 PM

progressive amout of time to pasture to acclimate to eat fresh grass

2/11/2014 7:05:02 PM

we have very little "pature" we live in an area with alot of clay and on amhillside. Not much grass

2/11/2014 6:57:36 PM

Horses are out 24 hours a day. No need to restrict intake.

2/11/2014 6:35:53 PM

Reduce turnout time every spring, major pain. But it has to be done or he will colic.

2/11/2014 6:29:34 PM

Varied needs require varied strategies. Pony, Elder, performance all something different & graded.

2/11/2014 6:21:22 PM

I'm careful about limiting hand grazing in the non-pasture areas with lush grass he's not used to.

2/11/2014 6:19:34 PM

Not trying so hard to grow perfect grass!

2/11/2014 6:14:54 PM

I have an Haflinger mare which is more than an easy keeper and it drives me nut :(

2/11/2014 6:00:02 PM

Am VERY careful in spring & use combination but only one horse needs a muzzle

2/11/2014 5:47:56 PM

Still waiting for 'grass' in California

2/11/2014 5:41:05 PM

I don't have enough pasture to make a difference

2/11/2014 5:08:28 PM

Turn horses out in early spring on section of pasture that was not grazed last fall.

2/11/2014 5:04:14 PM

No options to restrict at stable I board at.

2/11/2014 5:01:36 PM

i dont restrict because they r in pasture all the time

2/11/2014 4:47:55 PM

We have 2 out of 3 horses that are prone to founder so all have minimal pasture time in spring.

2/11/2014 4:47:43 PM

My horses are always on a dry lot.

2/11/2014 4:44:04 PM

What pasture? Walking my horse to the neighbor's DL for a 30 min TO daily, but no grass!

2/11/2014 4:43:42 PM

I use grazing muzzles and keep the horses up during peak "sugar" hours.

2/11/2014 4:18:56 PM

horses are on pasture year round. no need to restrict.

2/11/2014 12:25:42 PM


2/11/2014 10:52:44 AM

also indoor ring exercise and turnout

2/11/2014 9:56:01 AM

We're probably goin to have a lot of clover due to the wet winter. I may need grazing muzzle.

2/11/2014 9:54:49 AM

We slowly build up grazing time and put the horses in dry lots when not on pasture.

2/11/2014 9:47:12 AM

they are in the pasture year round with run in sheds,never had a problem with spring pasture intake

2/11/2014 8:49:09 AM

I don't restrict his pasture intake, but he's in a relatively small paddock with not much grass.

2/11/2014 8:06:51 AM