I would like to share a few facts with the good people of Logan County about the basic care of horses. Sometimes new horse owners aren't aware of some important facts about general care and feeding and can do more harm to a horse if not educated.
For example, it takes nearly 1.5-2 acres of good pasture to sustain one horse. A person would also need to supplement with salt blocks and hay and definitely keep a good worming regimen going. You just can't turn an animal out on grass and expect them to do well.
If you do not keep the weeds under control, the good grasses will be choked out. Also maintain pastures with proper manure disposal. Horses will not eat where they have defecated. Also horses will graze for 15-20 hours per day.
Rotation of pastures is also recommended for people with small acreage. It allows grass to grow, reseed and also allows for manure to composite.
It sounds rather difficult and it is if you want to keep livestock on small acreages. It's very possible.
If you are not sure if your horse is being properly sustained on weight, check the body condition score chart. Also known as the Henneke scoring chart, it is at www.lser.org/Henneke.htm.
If you are still confused contact your veterinarian, we have some wonderful vets here in Logan County.