Spring Pasture Dangers

Spring Pasture Dangers

Fast Facts

Limit access to lush pasture in at-risk horses, especially in the spring and fall.

Grazing strategies for at-risk horses:
  • Limit grazing or stop it completely when daytime temperatures are warm and nights are below 40° F (spring and fall).
  • When days are sunny and nights are warm, limit grazing to the early morning.
  • Grazing in the late afternoon or evening on a warm sunny day is risky.
Horses grazing in field

Tips and Topics

Feeding starch/sugar sensitive horses

A better understanding of how the horse’s digestion system works has revealed that balancing forage intake with concentrate intake is necessary when feeding horses, and even more critical when feeding starch/sugar sensitive horses. Read full article.

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Grazing management for sugar-sensitive horses

Lush, cool-season spring grass is packed full of vitamins, minerals and energy, but it is also high in sugar! Sugar-sensitive horses grazing on lush pasture can develop colic and laminitis. Because grass is your horse’s best source of natural vitamin E, horses that are restricted from grazing are at risk for developing vitamin E deficiencies.

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Grazing management for sugar-sensitive horses













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