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    01-08-2013, 01:17 PM
Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
It's the other way around. Grasses use the stored sugars at night and produce sugars (photosnythesis) during the day. Grasses are lowest from sunup to noon.
That makes sense. Thank you.
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    01-08-2013, 01:20 PM
" use the stored sugars at night".... if there is no frost overnight. With frost at night the safest time to graze is afternoon.
    01-08-2013, 01:24 PM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Depends on the time of the year and if there was frost at night. I can never get it right, that's why I posted the link
Headed that way now to check out the site. Thanks again.
    01-08-2013, 02:21 PM
Yup, good idea
    01-08-2013, 03:29 PM
Well it looks as if I MIGHT someday get to use the pastures...maybe but certainly not now.
Just came from safergrass and If I am understanding correctly no pasture for my mare until there isn't green anywhere. I don't see any signs of that happening anytime soon. Walked out and even where I thought the grass was dead there is still a flush of green. Seems that is the worse kind of all. If we have a mild winter it won't ever happen. It starts really greening up around in April.

It's kind of funny because I put so much work into these pastures to try to make sure there was some green almost all year long.
Little did I know I would be going from my big tb's to 14 h ponies.
Thank you, all, you are appreciated.
    01-08-2013, 03:41 PM
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My horses that I tried grazing muzzles on hated them and ended up sore and where they tried to rub them off
I have a mare that has IRS and two others that I consider high risk due to breeding and they get fat on thin air.
I found that restricting grazing using small fenced off areas didnt work as they either jumped out or paced up and down all day so I use stabling to restrict the hours they spend out in the field
They all go out on a daily or nightly basis (depending on the time of year and I've managed to avoid any laminitis attacks - being fed a sweet mix while on a boarding yard was I'm sure to blame for my old mares problem
I also feed a chromium supplement that many vets are finding has a positive effect on horses with insulin problems
    01-08-2013, 03:59 PM
I see what you mean and I don't envy you. Did you read the "manage grazing" article?
Strip grazing sounds reasonable enough for summer. You can also have your grass tested for NSC, so you know what you're dealing with for a start.
Also, having your horse(s) tested for Insuline Resistance is a good idea.
And Google "magnesium for horses elektralife", that's the article I was talking about earlier, can't post a PDF with this phone, sorry.
It is manageable, it's just a matter of knowing how
    01-08-2013, 04:02 PM
Oh yeah, the chromium/magnesium supplement. I currently give it to my air fern Arab, and have to say it melts away the crest, the extra upholstery which made him look square-backed, so it is working!
    01-08-2013, 04:56 PM
I have found in spring that my horses will head for the new green grass but will dine on it for maybe a couple of min then go back to the hay. I feed hay year round and feed two year old hay when the grasses are in the greatest growth, here it is June. Usually by the the bugs are out and the horses want to be inside from about 8am until 8pm so I have to feed them inside.
    01-08-2013, 05:13 PM
I was wondering for the longest time, when living in Germany, why there were roundbales of straw out on pasture with cows, and horses also. Then I asked an old farmer. He said cows and horses consume quite a bit of straw, or stemmier hay when first out on lush spring pasture. He said it will avoid bloat in cattle and diarrhea in horses.
That would explain the eating of hay instead, or with the grass.
So I've been wondering if it's the typical management, I.e. Waiting until the grass is high enough before letting them out, and planting extra good grass, what could be the main problem.....

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