The term grass affected is often used by horse owners and equine professionals - but is “grass affected” based in science, or just a catch-all to explain our horse’s behaviour? The truth is, it’s a bit of both. Here's specific list based on science and expert knowledge of what is in grass that can affect our horses.
Overweight horses are more prone to serious health issues, including potentially life-threatening problems such as laminitis. Excess weight also places increased pressure on your horse’s bones and joints. And if your horse is too fat, they are much more likely to suffer from heat stress in hot weather. So what can you do if your horse is getting a little rotund?
Kikuyu is one of the common grass species found in horse pastures. But does it provide enough calcium to meet your horses needs?
Take a look out the window…what’s your horse chewing on right now? Hay? Chaff? Some apparently random stick or bit of bark? Or that boundary fence post that’s slowly starting to fall apart? Hey, well at least it’s all fibre… and, importantly, it’s all different types of fibre.
Let's look at the change in grass with the seasons, and what effect spring grass can have on your horses behaviour.