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post #21 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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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
I haven't read that one yet. Did read "when is dead grass safer to graze" and a couple of others. Intend to spend this evening going through this site. Seems chock full of good information.


I could have my grass tested but I'll have to get lots of samples. We have sooo many different kinds of grass out there.

Will check out the magnesium article.
Thanks.

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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post #22 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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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
I think that is what would happen to my mare. She would try forever to get a muzzle off and end with sores.

We really don't know if what I was feeding her caused the hoof separation problem or if it was a lack of proper minerals or a combination . We've got her on Ca trace now and her feet are "purdy". But that sure isn't something I want to have to deal with again although, thank goodness it never bothered her in the least.

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I haven't read that one yet. Did read "when is dead grass safer to graze" and a couple of others. Intend to spend this evening going through this site. Seems chock full of good information.


I could have my grass tested but I'll have to get lots of samples. We have sooo many different kinds of grass out there.

Will check out the magnesium article.
Thanks.
Just to give you a bit more to read lol....Equi-Analytical Laboratories - Profiling Feed for Better Nutrition has tested and results up on a large varieties of grasses, hays and grain. They test, too
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