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post #11 of 12 Old 06-11-2014, 04:59 PM
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I tried to add/edit but it did not work. Short stressed grass and short fast growing grasses are higher in sugar contents. I do not put my horses on grass that has gone to seed.
I like my pastures for my area to be 6 - 8 inches tall if not a tad taller.
I do not have fescue or timothy or orchard grass, which are higher in sugars.
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post #12 of 12 Old 06-12-2014, 09:10 PM
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I just have my 4 horses (easy keepers) out on 20 acres all the year round. they have never had a problem. they lose some weight in the wintertime and then gain it back in this spring and summer...it does not get mowed or anything...they do the mowing but the pasture is mixed mostly just regular grass but some woods and bushes and a stream and some rocks. I keep minerals out for them and put hay out in the winter, for treats sometimes i give carrots...no problems at all...so something is going on in your situation that isnt in mine...

if i were in your situation i would be looking at why they got fat to start with esp this early in the year...something is going on there...maybe your pasture is lusher than ours but the pasture my boys are on is really rich green {we are in NY state}.
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