Are you reading the signs? 

Spring grass can spring forth a serious problem for horses, namely laminitis and its more severe form, founder. 

I know because last fall, our Shetland pony Snowball Express got an acute case, and it was my fault it got it so bad. 

Looking back, I know it was caused by a delivery of fresh-cut hay and access to fast-growing fall grass. 

Now in his early 20s, Snow’s metabolism has changed, and his body couldn't handle the intake of so much fresh sugar. 

In hindsight, at the first sign he had sore feet, I should have immediately placed him in an area with no grass. 

Since my horses roam freely and happily as a herd in the pasture, I found it difficult to impart the tough love I needed to keep him separate in a grass-free pen. 

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