Grazing Management for Horses with Metabolic Syndrome
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Healthy horses have little problem adjusting to changes in the fructan (sugar) levels in grass. However, individuals struggling with obesity or metabolic syndrome are at high risk for digestive imbalances caused by seasonal fluctuations.
Grazing management is the key to avoiding problems
Pasture management can reduce risk
Pasture management is important and can minimize fructan levels.
Clip your pasture between 4″ to 8″ in height to limit fructan availability.
Don’t allow pastures to become stressed by overgrazing. Stress increases fructan levels. When possible, rotate and rest pastures every two months.
Consider planting warm-season grasses lower in fructan
- Bermuda grass
Contact your local cooperative extension office for help in determining which types of grasses are suitable for your area and how to incorporate them into your pasture.
Digestive tract support
Supplements that maintain a healthy digestive tract regulate proper pH levels and support the complete digestion of sugar and fiber.
Ingredients to look for in a supplement to help maintain a healthy digestive tract
- Yeasts S. boulardii
- Fermentation metabolites
- Gastric buffers
- Gastric coating agents
Supports complete GI tract health; reduces the risk of gastric and colonic ulcers, digestive upset, and hindgut imbalances.