Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
A lot of people whose opinions I've read, in addition to Pete Ramey and some vets he wrote a barefoot trimming textbook about, have found that that depending on where you live and the type of grass, it could contain too much sugar and therefore cause things like laminitis and insulin resistance.
My barefoot trimmer farrier took one look at my friend's horse who is kept on pasture grass every season but winter and said, "You need to stop letting your horse graze on grass and feed her hay year round. The rings on her hoofs tell me she's been in a lot of pain over the past several years." or something to that effect. Even though the horse was in a dirt lot being fed hay at the time, the farrier could tell she was a grass eater most of the time, just by the state of her hooves.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare