Today when I was mowing the lawn I was thinking my horse would go absolutely nuts if he saw the heap. Fresh, juicy, yummy looking to the point I was jealous I couldn't have it myself lol We normally throw it onto the leaf mold but today for the first time I asked myself - could he have it? Would it be safe if I give it to him? Now I'm not talking about tons of grass, we have a small garden and mow it approximately once in 14 days so he would get it as a little treat once in a while, maybe a kilo, a bag or two. The lawn isn't fertilised or taken care of in any other artificial way, it's just shining green natural grass. I did some research but all I found were mixed opinions, some say they have been giving it to their horses for years and some say they'd never do it because someone told them it's unsafe. Is it? What can happen? This grass wouldn't be stored, it would be collected right after mowing and fed straight away, just like you'd give your horse 5 apples or half a kilo of carrots. It's not going to substitute anything, it'll be a treat. It's just an idea I got and I know absolutely nothing about whether there are any health risks with freshly cut grass. All I can think of is perhaps choking or the grass fermenting but that would happen hours after mowing. It just hurts throwing it away knowing he could have a nice snack out of it Oh and he's used to eating grass, although we don't have pastures I take him on a meadow behind the barn for two or three hours twice a week or so where he can eat as much as he wants.
This is what I'm talking about:
And my horse would not get more than what you see on the picture, probably a half.
May be a weird question but I'm very interested in the answers!