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post #1 of 5 Old 05-27-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Founder prevention

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 5 Old 05-27-2013, 05:41 PM
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Either only allow your horses a certain amount of time on the pasture or buy a grazing muzzle.......Founder is NO joke:(
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-27-2013, 06:43 PM
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Horse can pasture 24/7. But, you need to be mindfull of anything else you give them.

During last summer when hay was either gone or $14 a bale, our horses went and mowed vacant pastures that had over grown. But they had no other feed at all.

Currently they are on pasture, round bale (saves on a small pasture) and feed.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-27-2013, 06:48 PM
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Hi Ellie,

Yeah, a sparse 'pasture' of stemmy native grass tends to be OK, but keeping horses on rich, 'improved' cattle fattening pasture is indeed often problematic. The major cause of founder, aka laminitis, is similar to type 2 diabetes - domestic horses are allowed to get/remain too fat & this causes insulin resistance, of which laminitis is one of the many health problems. Another big cause of laminitis is too much starchy/sugary feed, of which grain is particularly high, but many types of 'improved' grass, such as rye are particularly sugary, & certain stages of growth, weather, etc cause sugars to be high.

Home & Katy Watts | Safergrass.org are 2 good sites to learn more.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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Grazing muzzle is the best prevention.

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