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        07-05-2007, 10:50 PM
    Grass question???

    Ok so if you mow the lawn and take the cutting from the lawn and feed it to the horses is it wrong? Or is it not? Why or why not? And please use detail.
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        07-05-2007, 11:09 PM

    Please do not do this, grass cuttings will impact in a horse stomach much like they clump on the lawn when wet, they can then cause impaction colic, causing a big blockage in the intestines.

    While I was working at a stud we had a horse come down with colic, for which we had no reason why. We almost lost her and when we went through her yard to try and find any clues we notices small amounts of clippings, the well meaning neighbour (non horsey) fed the horse his grass clippings when he mowed his lawn, of course being in a bare yard, she scoffed them down with glee and almost paid the price.
        07-06-2007, 01:11 AM
    Oh! Good question! I'd wondered the same thing, never tried it though because god only knows what could have been in the clippings (and we have weird plants in our yard, plus debri).

    Now I know.
        07-06-2007, 11:43 PM

    Not only can it cause impaction colic as frog said but also a plethora of other things including but not limited to laminitis/founder, endotoxemia, and general toxemia. This is because of oil and chemicals on blades used to mow as well as the fact that clippings left out ferment very quickly and can become moldy or rancid.

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