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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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tennessee walking horse

we just bought a horse that was stabled only eating hay and feed, no pasture. we have the horse in the pasture. is there a limit to grass the horse should be eating. we were told to much at a time would hurt the horse. is this true and if so how long should we let the horse eat?

Where are you from? virginia

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Re: tennessee walking horse

Hi Don,

Congratulations on your new horse! The issue of grazing really depends upon the health of the horse. If you horse is young (uner 14 years old), is not overweight, and has never experienced laminitis, he can very likely be allowed to graze 24/7. This is the best way to maintain a horse's health for the majority of horses.

So, if possible, I would recommend that you allow him to graze freely for a few hours each day, and increase it gradually, so that by the end of a week's time, he is out 24/7.

Thanks for writing!

Dr. Getty