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kitten_Val 03-24-2008 08:10 AM

How to introduce horse to the grass
 
Spring is coming and grass is coming too. :) My horse will probably go for training in May and they let them go to pasture for the day (8 hours or so). I don't have grass in my main field, but couple small "grassy" fields I let my horses go in Spring/Summer/Fall (I didn't start it yet as it's too cold and not much grass :( ). How can I gradually introduce her to the grass, so would be no side effects (such as founder or so)?

Vidaloco 03-24-2008 09:14 AM

I would wait for a week or so before the training starts. Hopefully you will have some grass by then. For that week start them on 2-3 hours on the grass then to hay. Add an hour or so each day until you are up to an all day grass diet. The day you turn them out on grass full time, make sure they have a good hay meal.

kitten_Val 03-25-2008 07:43 AM

Thanks, Vida! I gonna stop by and talk to the farm owner as well about how lush the grass it. They let horses graze year round, so hopefully, it's not that sick.

koomy56 03-25-2008 10:35 AM

It is best to turn the horses out on the grass at night if foundering is a concern for you. The sugar content in the grass at night is little to none because there is no sunlight to produce the grass to have alot of sugar. If that is an option for you I would go about it that way, introducing him to grass 1-2 hours in the morning and gradually build it so he can be out all night. :)

Got2Gallop 03-26-2008 03:19 AM

I would use a grazing muzzle, especially with the rich spring grass....can't be too careful I think :wink:

Got2Gallop 03-26-2008 03:26 AM

I'm all for learning new things............but I have a hard time believing that grass at night is safer for horses to eat that during the day????? Maybe I misread the post? But I doubt the grass's composition will change just because of nightfall?

Vidaloco 03-26-2008 07:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Got2Gallop
I'm all for learning new things............but I have a hard time believing that grass at night is safer for horses to eat that during the day????? Maybe I misread the post? But I doubt the grass's composition will change just because of nightfall?

I'm not a horticulturist :lol: but I think there is something to that. some nutrients go to the blade during the day and the roots at night (?)

koomy56 03-26-2008 10:34 AM

Well, if you google photosynthesis, you will recieve your answer. :)
To put it simply, light produces sugar. Therefor, with no light, you have less sugar being produced.

ahearn 03-28-2008 02:24 PM

Koomy is exactly right... Grass has less sugar in it at night. (That's not to say it has NO sugar, just less) Now, certain grasses store lots of sugar depending on your area so they can survive. Just do a little research on the type of grass you have...


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