I have a weanling coming to my farm sometime in November and want to be prepared. He will be 6+ months, and coming from the breeder’s farm where he is out with his dam all day and stalled overnight. At my place, he will transition to being out full time on a larger pasture in a small mixed herd (two 20+ retirees, two “middle aged” WB’s in work). It’s a mellow, well acclimated bunch who I expect will teach some manners but be fair. Everyone here is out on 6+ acres and has access to a large shelter with stalls available for really inclement winter weather.
Some people I have mentioned this to are aghast that he wouldn’t be more “carefully” managed (ie: stalled more or separated from the “big horses”). While ideally I’d love to have him with a few of his peers + an older chaperone, I don’t have local access to this arrangement. I like the idea of him being out 99% of the time in a large, hilly pasture with good fencing where he will be closely supervised. I’m definitely not trying to be reckless with his safety and understand there are risks (I too would love to bubble wrap him ), but I also feel like the mental/physical benefits of being out in a herd is probably worth those risks. He will brought in daily, handled, looked over and fed in a stall. Please tell me if I’m missing something or should consider other arrangements/modifications!
As for feed: Beyond free choice grass/alfalfa mix hay or grass (depending on season), I’m planning to feed him TC balancer, flax and Vit E. I’m also considering Rejuvenade Max as suggested during the rapid growth phase by a sports med vet–would this be beneficial, or overkill? Anything I should add or subtract?