Spring Grass that makes your horse PING!

Written by Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:36

Yes, it’s a bit late but that grass boosting combo of rain and sunshine has put the spring into our pasture so don’t be surprised if your horse is getting a sugar hit that will make him or her a bit of a handful.  It’s also thought that spring grass contains a high level of potassium which reduces the horse’s uptake of magnesium resulting in another reason why our equine friends can range from excitable to explosive! 

As well as helping with our horse’s mood, magnesium is also important for muscle function and it’s thought it can benefit horses prone to obesity and laminitis. If you think that magnesium could benefit your horse, always choose a supplement that contains ‘chelated’ magnesium.

Because of the change of management many horses experience at this time of year as they’re turned out after a winter of limited access to grass, it’s also worth putting them on a pre and probiotic to promote a healthy level of that all important gut bacteria. (Hyperlink to gut biome post) This will also help horses that are regularly turned out cope with the seasonal change in the grass too.

 

palomino pony at grassy field gate wearing grazing muzzle

 

We’d love to know if you’ve found the perfect way to take the stress out of spring grass!


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  • Comment Link Julie Moore Monday, 14 May 2018 11:12 posted by Julie Moore

    Mine are turned out 24/7 at this time of year. I’ve found that Protexin’s Acid Ease and Gut Balancer really help two of mine, plus I use a green guard mask for a few hours in the morning on my mare who reacts particularly badly.