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: What can I do so I don’t have to worry about lush spring pastures leading to grass founder concerns?
By Tom Lenz, DVM
Here are a 1/2-dozen steps you can take to avoid grass founder in the spring:
- Keep easy-keepers and ponies off lush, fast-growing pastures until the grass has slowed in growth and has produced seed heads.
- Graze your horses on pastures containing a high percentage of legumes, such as alfalfa or clover, as they do not contain fructans.
- Avoid grazing horses on pastures that have been grazed very short during the winter months.
- Keep cresty-necked, overweight horses in stalls or paddocks until the pasture’s growth rate has slowed. Introduce these horses to pasture slowly.
- Allow horses to fill up on hay before turning them out on grass for a few hours.
- Use a grazing muzzle.
Tom Lenz is an American Association of Equine Practitioners member from Louisburg, Kan.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the June 1, 2017 installment: Is it okay to let my horses eat the dandelions in my pastures?