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post #1 of 4 Old 05-27-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Foundering

I would like to get infomatim on founder prevention. I now have a large pasture. Hmm Lots of yummy grass. I thought horses could live in a pasture no problem until someone told me about the grass causing foundering and colic. Any and all information on preventing foundering is welcome.O
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-27-2013, 08:38 PM
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Laminitis: Prevention & Treatment - AAEP
You can help prevent laminitis by using grazing muzzles that will slow down your horses grass intake. You can also fence off a small area and have your horses graze it down and turn it to dirt (you will need to gravel it for winter- I recommend pea gravel but stone dust and sand works also) and keep them in there overnight and feed some filler hay.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-27-2013, 10:32 PM
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How much risk your horses are at depends on a lot of things: type of grass, actual size of the pasture vs. number of horses, weight and condition of the horses, genetic predisposition, etc. Welsh ponies and Arabians are fairly high risk genetically, and so are other "thrifty" breeds, like other types of ponies, mustangs, etc, and horses who are overweight are more prone to laminitis and founder as well. Sudden introduction to lush grass is also a problem. I use a dry lot and limited turnout, but my mare already has chronic laminitis. She is a 1/2 Welsh, 1/4 Arabian cross, and was kept on a 40 acre fescue pasture for several years by my parents while I was in college, became obese, and eventually foundered. She is now very sensitive and requires a lot of careful management to be sound.
I have found this to be an excellent reference: Katy Watts | Safergrass.org
This is also good, but focuses more on treatment and management than prevention: Laminitis Help
Supplementation with magnesium and chromium can also be helpful for at-risk horses, particularly if they have a cresty neck. I'm really happy that you are finding this out before you have a problem--laminitis is not fun for anyone involved.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-28-2013, 11:14 AM
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Muzzle! That's what I use on my pony... it works wonders! And they last forever:) Trust me... Founder is not something you want to go through....
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