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    09-03-2012, 08:47 PM
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Foal
Cool Can I feed my horses grass clippings?

Today I was mowing in a area with beautiful grass. So I raked some of the clippings and fed to my horses. Most of the grass was Bermuda grass. Of course, they loved it.

Now I have been told I shouldn't have fed them these clippings.
Did I make a mistake?
     
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    09-03-2012, 10:04 PM
  #2
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If you fed it to them "five minutes ago" and it was not warm to the touch, they should be ok.

If they're going to colic from it, you most likely would have seen that happen before you asked the question

Once cut grass sits, gets warm and starts to ferment, it should just be thrown on the compost pile or in the garbage; especially if it's been raked into a big pile, where the fermentation starts from the inside-out.

Once Upon A Time, my Ex fed my horses grass clippings with cherry leaves mixed in. I could tell as soon as I pulled in the drive, from work, they had gotten into something as ears were headed in any direction but where they should've been and heads were drooping

That was when I pulled it out of "him" that he'd fed them grass clippings from under the cherry tree.

A huge double no-no as cherry leaves can be toxic and the grass has sat in a pile in the hot sun until he got all the yard cut, so it had time to start fermenting. I was happaaaay

Fortunately, they all made it thru that night, chaste and unscathed; too bad my Ex couldn't say the same-----------
     
    09-03-2012, 10:10 PM
  #3
Trained
One of my geldings has choked on mowed grass. Its sticky and easily can get caught in the esophagus.

If your going to feed them, let them dry out and then rake them up and feed them. Horses choking is very scary.
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    09-03-2012, 10:27 PM
  #4
Foal
It has been about 6 .

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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
If you fed it to them "five minutes ago" and it was not warm to the touch, they should be ok.

If they're going to colic from it, you most likely would have seen that happen before you asked the question

Once cut grass sits, gets warm and starts to ferment, it should just be thrown on the compost pile or in the garbage; especially if it's been raked into a big pile, where the fermentation starts from the inside-out.

Once Upon A Time, my Ex fed my horses grass clippings with cherry leaves mixed in. I could tell as soon as I pulled in the drive, from work, they had gotten into something as ears were headed in any direction but where they should've been and heads were drooping

That was when I pulled it out of "him" that he'd fed them grass clippings from under the cherry tree.

A huge double no-no as cherry leaves can be toxic and the grass has sat in a pile in the hot sun until he got all the yard cut, so it had time to start fermenting. I was happaaaay

Fortunately, they all made it thru that night, chaste and unscathed; too bad my Ex couldn't say the same-----------
It has been about 6 hours now and they seem fine. I won't ever do that again
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    09-03-2012, 10:41 PM
  #5
Weanling
Never a good idea..fermentation actually can occur inside your horses gut "Feeding lawn clippings will dramatically upset the balance of microbes in the hindgut, potentially leading to colic or laminitis," said Larry Lawrence, Ph.D., a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research (KER).
"The amount of highly fermentable carbohydrates in regularly clipped lawns is dangerously high.
Excessive intake results in a high rate of fermentation in the hindgut. Accelerated hindgut fermentation can produce increased amounts of volatile fatty acids, which, as their name implies, are quite acidic," continued Lawrence.
     
    09-12-2012, 03:19 PM
  #6
Yearling
Besides the possibility of fermentation, I would be worried about what got mixed in with the clippings. Anything that was in the lawn or field, poisonous weeds, oil from the mower, etc.
     

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