By Kim Lemmon
What a relief it is to both critters and their human caretakers when they can finally return to grazing if they have been confined to stalls and dry lots during the winter.
We only own a handful of acres so we have to take great care to manage our pastures carefully. This means that the horses do not see grass all winter long. We use dry lots for winter turnout.
The horses are always happy to return to their pastures in the spring, and I’m always happy to see my hay use go down as I rely more on grass for a large part of their diet. As most livestock owners know, it is never a good idea to go from feeding only hay and grain to unlimited turnout on grass — especially for horses. Colic and founder are a real danger to horses that aren’t used to eating much grass.