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spiceandsugar

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Going from 10 hours turnout to 24 hours into a lush field

As from Monday we are allowed to turn out 24-7- at last.  We are also moving to a new field with 8 inches of lush grass. 

I have a 21 year old chestnut thoroughbred mare and she has never had any problems with laminitis etc.  She is currently grazing for approximately 10 hours on a paddock with quite short grass.    Should I just turn her out straightway or still bring her in for the 1st week or so. 

She does have issues eating short grass, due to having poor teeth, so the longer grass with benefit her and she will luv it.  Just worried about colic and getting too fat.

Any advice would be helpful.  Thanks 

 

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mcallistar

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mcallistar says:

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I would still bring her in for the first few days to a week to let her get used to the lush grass gradually.  I treat the spring grass as a kind of change in feed and prefer to do it gradually just to avoid any problems.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Going from 10 hours turnout to 24 hours into a lush field

I don't think tbs are particularly prone to lami, are they, and also long grass is less sugary than short new shoots, but I'd stll take it slowly - suddenly eating a lot of grass can also cause loose poos......I'm sure she'll think she's in horsey heaven tho lol !!!

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