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Some Thoughts on Grazing

Spring has sprung. At least for the moment. Lush green grass is every horse's favorite. However there are some rules to consider when turning out Dobbin. First rule of thumb: horses don't like change. Or I should say their digestive track doesn't like change. Their intestines are a delicate balance of bacteria (gut flora) that aid in digestion. When the diet changes suddenly you upset this balance and illness, diarrhea and laminitis can result. Next rule: If your horse has Cushings, metabolic syndrome, a history of laminitis or is overweight, grazing should be severely curtailed. So, we've determined Dobbin can have grass and we have a beautiful pasture to put him in. Start very slowly. 10

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