Much excitement ensued - although when they went into the grass pasture, the heads were down immediately and stayed there. The mares got very excited when we moved them back into dry lot - the herd was temporarily divided (!!!!) and perhaps someone was going to get more grass (!!!!). There was a great deal of galloping, running in tiny circles, bucking, spinning and general cavorting - I wish I'd had a video camera. Tomorrow we go for one hour, and I'm sure they'll all be even more delighted.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Grass = Joy!
We had our first bit of true grazing this morning. The horses have been having nibbles of the grass that is sprouting in the dry lots, but this morning the two herds each got a half hour of grass (!!!!), which meant going to a new place (!!!!). We're very careful about introducing them to grass again each spring, and follow the same procedure when a new horse comes. We start with 1/2 hour, then 1 hour, then 1 1/2 hour, then 2 hours, then 3 hours, etc. until we're up to 6 hours and then we go full day. Our grass and reseeding are a mix designed to meet the needs of horses that are not in work or that are in relatively moderate work - we don't feed our horses like cows (see Safer Grass for more information on this important topic).