Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is a twice-a-month web segment that is designed to add to the education of footcare professionals when it comes to effectively feeding the hoof. The goal of this web-exclusive feature is to zero in on specific areas of hoof nutrition and avoid broad-based articles that simply look at the overall equine feeding situation.
Below you will find Part 1 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.
Q: I’m concerned about turning our horses out on lush spring grass.
By Scott Hancock, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim
Spring grasses often cause problems such as the onset of laminitis, equine metabolic syndrome or excessive weight gain. A spring diet high in non-structural carbohydrates may be a drastic change from feeding hay in a stall during the winter months.
I’ve conducted spring checkups for more than 20 years. Nearly every week, it seemed we would see a case of founder resulting from unmanaged intake of lush spring grasses.
Use caution regarding the amount of time a horse can graze. Some horse owners mow their pastures to reduce the amount of lush grass or use grazing muzzles to reduce the intake.
Scott Hancock is an equine veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim in Duluth, Ga.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the May 15, 2017 installment: How do I regulate calcium and phosphorus levels in the horse’s diet?