So apart from the bagged compound feeds and the myriad of supplements on the market - the other part of the horse’s diet which is by far the most damaging is the grass. Actually the fructans in the grass to be precise - in other words, the sugars. The excess sugars kill off the good fibre breaking down bacteria in the horse’s gut and once dead they enter into the blood stream through the gut wall and head off to disrupt areas they shouldn’t - e.g. the hooves, more precisely the enzymes responsible for healthy wall, sole and frog attachment. Mother Nature goes into overdrive and the hooves begin to separate away from P3.

....but horses were meant to eat grass - if we had a penny for every time we heard that we could give up the day job!! No actually, to be more correct, horses were designed to eat sparse, low in sugar, high in fibre grasses found in highlands and places such as the Great Basin in the US. The grass we give our equines, is lowland grass, highly cultivated for maximum yield and bulk - dominated by species such as rye grass - a ‘cow grass’ - high in protein and sugar, which responds really well to nitrogen fertiliser and gives the farmer a vast crop. Sadly this grass and most other lowland grasses when growing in the pasture are founder traps for our horses.

So green grass is a no no if you want healthy horses. Horse owners have actually long since known that grass has detrimental effects to their equines. They are aware that when spring comes to be careful and how their horses can pile on the weight. So traditionally we have stabled for a long portion of the day or strip grazed to reduce the grass. Neither is the right answer in the long term. Research has proven that grass at any time of the year can be harmful and you only have to look at your horses’ hooves to find out. Has your horse got horizontal rings around it’s hoof? Does he have thrush? Stretching of the white line? Redness in the white line? Redness in the soles? Hoof abscesses? We could go on.

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