Introducing Dressage Hafl - a Haflinger (Hafl), an adult amateur (Tanja), a mission: riding up the levels in dressage. A blog on all our dreams, our plans, our struggles, our ups and downs mixed with a lot of fun, product reviews, show reports and (mental) training posts. If you can dream it, you can do it!
With a pretty early spring this year and extraordinary mild temperatures, it was just a matter of a little bit of rain for the fields to grow stunning fresh and green grass. Since then, Hafl is longing for every tiny blade of grass he can grab. As the new grass contains a lot of sugar, I need to make sure that he only gets little of it at a time - not only to prevent him grow an even bigger belly but also to prevent him from severe diseases like laminitis. To get him used to it, I started hand grazing him with the first show of this season and now, he can go out in the fields for 15-20 minutes already.
Not only it is important to get your horse slowly used to the fields of dreams, you also need to make sure that there are no poisonous plants around. My barn owner is very diligent when it comes to grassland maintenance, so I do not have to worry. Otherwise, I would need to look up plants that are not good for Hafl, just like Learn Equestrian has put together a great infographic on poisonous plants:
Re-published with kind permission from Dressage Hafl|Blog