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    06-01-2011, 03:32 AM
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Weanling
Eating Wet Grass

Years ago my previous riding instructor told me that horses should never eat wet grass because it would cause them to colic. Lately I've been thinking about this and I just don't see how it could be true. If it was wouldn't all wild or pasture boarded horses colic after it rained? Obviously that doesn't happen. So has anyone else heard about this before? Could it possibly be true?
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    06-01-2011, 03:34 AM
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Trained
I've heard grass with dew on it has more sugar, which can cause founder issues in founder-prone horses, but I've never heard that wet grass will cause colic. I'm sure a lot of horses would be dead if that were the case. How many insist on standing out and grazing in the pouring down rain?
     
    06-01-2011, 03:41 AM
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Weanling
My thought exactly. I've recently learned that my old instructor didn't really know what she was talking about most of the time...
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    06-01-2011, 03:44 AM
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Trained
Don't you hate that? And then you learn the truth/correct way, and feel a bit like a buffoon for doing it so wrong for so long! Oh well, at least you learn eventually. =]
     
    06-01-2011, 03:52 AM
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Banned
My horse has been eating wet grass for the past month at least, he is on full pasture board.

I hate it when people pass bad information, makes me wonder what else they have lodged in my mind that I have forgotten about, but will come up eventually.
     
    06-01-2011, 09:15 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
I've heard grass with dew on it has more sugar, which can cause founder issues in founder-prone horses,

This is a great tidbit of wisdom!

Plants build sugar during the day due to photosynthesis from the sun. In the evening, the sugar levels in the plant are the highest. When teh sun goes down and the dew starts to fall the grass starts loosing sugar. In the morning with the dew on the ground, the plant is at is lowest level of sugar throughout the day, thus it is the absolute safest time to graze the animal with founder prone issues.

Grass that got rained on - If I am managing my animals grazing habits based on whether or not it is raining or might rain, I really need to get a life!
     
    06-01-2011, 11:08 AM
  #7
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by PaintLover17    
My thought exactly. I've recently learned that my old instructor didn't really know what she was talking about most of the time...
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Or perhaps bits and pieces of what she said are all mixed up in your memory?

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    06-01-2011, 02:28 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by mls    
Or perhaps bits and pieces of what she said are all mixed up in your memory?

Just a thought.
Unfortunately no. I just switched instructors a few months ago and have had to pretty much relearn everything. My mom also remembers her talking about the wet grass thing and we both have excellent memories. Glad to know for sure that this is a myth! Thanks for the help!
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