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post #1 of 7 Old 05-26-2014, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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What's worse?

What's worse? I have horses out in my dirt pen now because of the fresh grass in their pasture. I'm terrified of grass founder. But it's raining and they're so dang wet. I am waiting on my contractor to put the stalls in my barn but have a small one in there made of round pen panels. But the mare I just put in there was berserk and I feared she would try to break out so I put her back outside. There is a shelter in the grass pasture and none in the dirt pen. But if I put them in the grass.... I reseeded it and would prefer they stay off for a while but I care more about founder than the grass seed of course. Only one of them looks a bit shivery but she goes bananas in the barn. (Which we are working on)
What do you think!?!? Stupid rain. I want to do what's best!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-26-2014, 04:54 PM
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Rain won't kill them, founder could.
Maybe she needs a rain sheet if she's cold when wet.

I have a mare that would get very nervous in the barn during storms. I fixed the problem by going in the house- she worked it out herself. But..... her stall is horse proof & safe. I would worry about a determined horse & round pen panels.
It's a tough call but maybe when she sees the others calm she'll calm down too.
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The longer you leave them penned in the more the grass will grow!

I would do two things, first fence off an area for them to graze, about half an acre, turn them out either during the night or day.

Unless they are fat or have previously had laminitis, they will come to no harm on grass.
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Do you know for a fact that this horse will grass founder? Unless she has a metabolic problem, has foundered before, is obese ( particularly with a thick, cresty neck) or has some actual diagnosed problem with eating grass, turn the poor thing out. We have 50 horses. 49 of them are fine on knee deep grass.
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Personally I would put them on grass where they can at least choose shelter if they want. Keep an eye on them I wouldn't really grain them if they are on grass and cut off giving them treats also. Also horses naturally will choose shorter grass because the new growth is sweeter, longer grasses might not be as tasty to them (not to say they wont eat it but maybe not as much as new growth).

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I always used to put them on grass for a little while each day.. increasing the time each day to get them used to it. I did it as much for colic as for founder.

Except for ponies. Ponies got hand grazed no more than 20 minutes at a shot and no more than 2X a day. Only two kinds of ponies.. those that have foundered and those that will founder.

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Ditto others. First & foremost, the suggestion of rain sheets if your horses have no shelter. While they're built to live out & I think too often horses are over rugged & otherwise molicoddled, but if they're standing around in the rain in a small area without shelter, you need to provide some for them.

If your horses are at risk of laminitis, use grazing muzzles to limit intake & ensure they're getting appropriate nutritional supplementation - like Remission, Graze Ezy or such. &/or keep them off the grass in the afternoons/evenings(when sugars are highest), keep them off really rich pasture all together(hope you seeded with native grass if for horses, not 'improved' cattle fattening rye grass or such...), avoid stressed/overgrazed pasture.
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