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post #1 of 10 Old 06-14-2015, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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UGH what should i do

So i just put my horses in our new pasture and noticed that some dummy came in here with a lawn mower weeks ago leaving dried grass clippings throughout the field. I dont have a grass catcher and dont really q ant to rake up two acres of field. What should i do
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-14-2015, 09:08 PM
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Nothing. You should mow regularly and there will be clippings. It's just like hay.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-14-2015, 09:08 PM
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So someone cut the pasture? It's fine, after all hay is dried grass. I cut my pastures, it keeps weeds down.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-14-2015, 09:34 PM
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I think her concern was related to the dangers of feeding green grass clippings, that are half dried. I've heard this is not good for horses, no?
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-14-2015, 10:02 PM
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The main concerns with grass clippings are;

1. They could have toxic liquids on them from the mower. Some mowers leak oils and it can poison the horse, though this is extremely rare.

2. Impaction colic and even choke can be brought on if the horse gobbles enough of the small bits of mown grass.

3. Possible rapid fermentation of the smaller forage particles can lead to laminitis.

4. Possible contamination with toxic ornamental plants/ weeds that were caught by the mower.

However this depends on the field, what other types of pants are in that field and how much of a hoover the horse is. All in all the danger level varies with the field and horses. If the field has nothing potentially toxic on it and the horses eat at a normal pace it should be okay to let them have the dried clippings, just make sure water is available.

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I think her concern was related to the dangers of feeding green grass clippings, that are half dried. I've heard this is not good for horses, no?
Yes, fresh clippings are bad but a field cut weeks earlier is fine.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-15-2015, 01:50 AM
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If the pasture has weeds, some of types will become more toxic when dried.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-15-2015, 04:32 AM
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if it is grass and dry it should be fine. there could be some toxic weeds depending on the what the pasture was like.
Go grab a handful every so feet and smell it, if it smells bad, then dont put the horses out.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-15-2015, 11:45 AM
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Keep in mind that unless your horses are starving or drought is preventing new grass from growing, the horses will ignore the dry stuff and look for new growth to eat. Also keep in mind that most grass hay is pretty similar to what is drying out in a pasture after it is mowed.
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-15-2015, 11:58 AM
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I find it admirable that you are concerned, a lot of people wouldn't be. That's a sign of a good new horse owner.

Just monitor them, I'm sure they'll go for the fresh grass but if they don't and you're still worried, you can always think about hiring something to rake up your acreage, but honestly I'm not sure how you'd go about doing that (you'll probably have to do some research)

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