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How do you restrict your horse's grass intake during the spring?

Restricted turnout time
43%
250
Muzzle
10%
58
Keep him in a dry lot
18%
105
I don't restrict my horse's grazing
29%
168

Total votes cast: 581

Comments & Write-in Answers

A lot of rotating out to pasture and back to the stall. No more than 2 hours of pasture at a time.

4/30/2012 11:48:47 PM

I do not change how much I turn my horses out, as they get every other weekend out year round.

4/30/2012 9:08:44 PM

He lives in a dry lot most of the time, but we have lush pastures to turn him out in occasionally.

4/30/2012 5:39:19 PM

Different for each horse

4/30/2012 4:23:54 PM

1 has to have a muzzle other 2 are free graze

4/30/2012 3:24:26 PM

24/7 available turnout but essentially on a dry lot. Horses allowed on grass 1-2 hours / dayper day

4/30/2012 10:05:52 AM

I keep them on a track so they have more movement and less grass. Then i can strip graze or give ha

4/29/2012 9:07:18 PM

Have IR and Cushings elderly horses.

4/29/2012 4:44:22 PM

Don't have to feed hay when they're on pasture. No one has metabolic issues so no restrictions

4/29/2012 4:12:53 PM

I slowly get my horse used to the grass, and then she can eat all she wants.

4/29/2012 4:08:24 PM

My mustang is I/R so he has short turnout time in spring.

4/29/2012 1:53:59 PM

it is not really a dry lot but a paddock paradise track system, with grazing in the middle!

4/29/2012 10:49:30 AM

My horses are on a track

4/29/2012 6:37:17 AM

I use a "Paddock Paradise" track. This way, they can move 24/7 and not have access to grass!

4/28/2012 2:29:49 PM

Paddock Paradise Track system

4/28/2012 11:17:08 AM

Use a paddock paradise track system!!!

4/28/2012 10:55:41 AM

we keep them in the paddocks not pasture

4/28/2012 10:43:24 AM

Paddock Paradise track system!

4/28/2012 10:21:43 AM

My quarter horse is 35!. I do restrict him on the colder/wet days. But he is out all day when warm.

4/27/2012 10:41:22 PM

restrict, muzzle & dry lot

4/27/2012 10:20:55 PM

Keep them in a dry lot at night

4/27/2012 9:41:52 PM

Don't have alot of pasture, they go out for short periods of time. They have hay 24/7.

4/27/2012 2:46:22 PM

We limit turn out time until patures are more mature then thier is no limit to turnout

4/27/2012 1:12:10 PM

gradual introduction, then watch her weight and adjust her feed accordingly

4/27/2012 12:32:29 PM

My mare is on limited turnout and wears a muzzle when turned out to pasture.

4/27/2012 9:06:11 AM

Also restrict grazing time when pasture is lush

4/26/2012 9:33:29 PM

on pasture start of spring.

4/26/2012 9:21:14 PM

Can only choose one, but I restrict, muzzle the donkey and keep in a dry lot.

4/26/2012 3:56:08 PM

I have a small grassy area that I will turn out for a few hours when the grass is semi tall/green.

4/26/2012 3:26:15 PM

I use all three of the above methods at various times during a 24 hour period.

4/26/2012 3:13:46 PM

I do keep my mare in a dry lot (She has been founded before) or i put a muzzle on her

4/26/2012 10:24:48 AM

there isn't much grass for all the horses, I look at it like a supplement to their hay

4/26/2012 9:56:01 AM

nonmuzzled horses grab & try to pull off muzzles, have to really watch them!

4/26/2012 9:39:19 AM

Rotate between pasture and dry lot, hay inbetween

4/26/2012 9:23:43 AM

our pastures aren't that great so it isn't really an issue.

4/26/2012 3:39:31 AM

Muzzle, restricted turn out and dry lot combined

4/26/2012 12:13:23 AM

Alternate dry lot time with stall time at night and gradually let them graze more.

4/25/2012 10:51:38 PM

We have grass year-round so spring grass isn't an issue.

4/25/2012 9:51:22 PM

mine just gradually moved from hay to grass-I fed hay even when the grass was still coming in

4/25/2012 9:29:56 PM

I only restrict grazing time on certain occasions.

4/25/2012 6:49:08 PM

Feed less hard feeds and appropriately for work/exercise as with fat humans

4/25/2012 6:27:51 PM

I limit hand grazing on very lush grass--we don't want any tummy aches.

4/25/2012 5:00:06 PM

start at 10 minutes a day & gradually build

4/25/2012 4:36:53 PM

Horses have individual stalls with individual paddocks with no grass

4/25/2012 3:45:46 PM

Living on the edge of London UK, grazing is at a premium anyway. My horse is allowed 3 hours a day.

4/25/2012 3:16:57 PM

dry lot and restricted turnout

4/25/2012 12:52:02 PM

My horse gets to graze year-round, which acclimates him as grass changes in the spring.

4/25/2012 12:40:40 PM

Gradually build up time on grass

4/25/2012 12:08:37 PM

I restrict the time and use a muzzle on the voracious eaters

4/25/2012 12:05:47 PM

I increase VERY gradually. Our Paddocks are lush and have some clover.

4/25/2012 11:08:35 AM

I only wish I could grow grass down here in the sand.

4/25/2012 9:02:10 AM

Only limit my "Cushing's mare" with all of the above, everyone else is on pasture 24/7

4/25/2012 8:43:26 AM

max 3 1/2 h

4/25/2012 8:00:55 AM

In drylot most of day, out in pasture only for few hours in afternoon/evening

4/25/2012 7:39:24 AM

They're out 24/7, moderate their own intake in a natural way; horses w/short turnouts tend to gorge

4/25/2012 7:13:51 AM

i have limited grazing, and need to take horses off parts of it for a while to let it grow

4/25/2012 5:35:00 AM

My horse has Cushing's

4/24/2012 10:16:33 PM

ride more!

4/24/2012 10:08:07 PM

we do not have founder-prone horses nor do we have a lot of grass, and horses are stalled daytime

4/24/2012 9:34:37 PM

or put him in a lot w/little grass.

4/24/2012 9:30:49 PM

My horses have free range year round to pasture

4/24/2012 8:55:46 PM

Feed beet pulp and hay to suppress their appetite

4/24/2012 8:46:48 PM

don't have a lot of grass to graze

4/24/2012 8:14:57 PM

Restricted turn out plus grazing muzzle when turned out.

4/24/2012 8:13:55 PM

I am a proponent of keeping horses in a dry lot year round, with monitored turn-out, and grass hay.

4/24/2012 8:12:59 PM

No grazing on my 2 acre AZ desert property.

4/24/2012 7:36:24 PM

Small acreage with lots of horses; keeps the grass really short.

4/24/2012 7:32:23 PM

Hand graze with him and let the pastures grow for awhile, then restrict turnout time

4/24/2012 7:13:26 PM

My horse wears muzzle when out om grass; he is also on a drylot during the part of day.

4/24/2012 7:04:03 PM

Not a problem in most cases as the grass isn't all that rich and dries out early in summer

4/24/2012 6:33:22 PM

They graze selected areas-like along the fence line.

4/24/2012 6:14:25 PM

If all three were on the grass 24/7, they'd be as fat as pigs.

4/24/2012 5:48:36 PM

MY horse has restricted feeding year round

4/24/2012 5:27:18 PM

Grass? What grass? I live out in the Arizona desert! ^..^

4/24/2012 5:08:59 PM

I both restrict by putting in run and dry lot.

4/24/2012 4:56:56 PM

Restrict turnout plus use muzzle after allotted grazing time is over

4/24/2012 4:51:34 PM

We do not have enough grass to worry. Have to feed hay year round.

4/24/2012 4:43:26 PM

I use a combination of muzzle, dry lot & turnout restriction.

4/24/2012 4:42:48 PM

He learned to eat efficiently in grazing muzzle

4/24/2012 4:23:47 PM

He has a 50x120 dry lot; limited time on pasture.

4/24/2012 4:23:01 PM

I use a paddock paradise track. Restricts my horse's grass intake w/out restricting her movement =)

4/24/2012 4:13:12 PM

I need him to eat grass to maintain his weight.

4/24/2012 4:10:39 PM

My Arabians are prone to heat - their turn out time is quite restricted in spring her in the Mid-Atl

4/24/2012 3:56:17 PM

small mowed field

4/24/2012 3:44:30 PM

then back to the "diet" pasture (devoid of grass)

4/24/2012 3:34:21 PM

We have really WET springs & without restricted time they would make the grazing pastures a mud bog.

4/24/2012 3:24:51 PM

I do the first three. He stays in a dry lot durig the day and wears a muzzle while grazing at night

4/24/2012 3:23:47 PM

My horses are kept out 24/7. They have unlimited hay that they eat as well as new grass growth.

4/24/2012 3:19:45 PM

Grass? What's that? (I live in the desert, thank you)

4/24/2012 3:11:41 PM

I monitor what he eats, but have never needed to restrict his intake. He's a skinny one!

4/24/2012 1:30:33 PM

i dont restrict but horses get lots of excercise

4/24/2012 12:17:11 PM