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Green Grass

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Our grass is growing in leaps and bounds now, which is the time when we need to limit the hours of access for our horses. That accelerated growing is a too-high-sugar fuel for our Arabians, per the doctor’s orders. I had asked how I would know when we needed to pull the horses off the pasture, and our vet said that she uses how quickly the lawn needs mowing as a reference.

I mowed on Sunday, and there are places where it already looks like I didn’t even cut it. I don’t like to mow more than one time in a week, but when it is growing this fast, it needs mowing in 4 or 5 days. I think that using this as a reference for when to limit the horse’s pasture time will work pretty well.

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Written by johnwhays

May 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

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  1. Yes, although I had been warned, the little Shetland, Shakespeare has been getting too much to eat. It is difficult not to treat him like a big horse. Anyway, I had to trim his hooves, which were clearly growing abnormally fast and cut back on his feed. And they say, you can’t get too much of a good things, but that most certainly isn’t the case with horse. It can be really debilitating. I have been wondering what led to their demise in America before they were re-introduced by the Spanish. Maybe they share something in common with humanity in general – they don’t know when enough is enough. Unfortunately, when left to their own devices – like elephants – they can be very destructive. Then, when there is nowhere left to go, they reach a dead-end. I know that is a controversial point of view, but without human intervention, controlling and allotting food throughout the year, the outcome would not look pretty, given limited space.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

    • Indeed. Even though our horses often appear to police themselves and come in off the grass of their own accord, they seem to fail at refraining from eating the grass down to nothing when they are out there. We end up keeping them off it for two reasons: So they don’t get too much sugar, and so the grass gets a chance to recover to a healthy length.

      johnwhays

      May 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm


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