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JUNE/JULY 2013 Miniature Horse World 41 Ways to limit weight gain and decrease risks for grazing problems include: ■ Use a grazing muzzle ■ Increase your horses exercise ■ Limit pasture time to two hours ■ Limit grazing to evening or nighttime- when the sun is not shining ■ Do not allow grazing during times of grass stress- such as during a drought or when it is cool and sunny ■ Have your pasture evaluated by an expert for advice on fertilization and maintenance ■ Drylot your horse and feed hay- (while this solution is irritating and costly, it may be the one way to save your horse from episodes of life-threatening laminitis) Neglected or weedy pastures may look like a good alternative when keeping your horse off the lush, green areas, but high sugar content maybe lurking there as well. Dry, almost dead grass might still be loaded with sugar as well as some weeds like: dandelion, plantain, clover and thistles. You might think your horse wouldn’t eat these, but when the plants are stressed and more sugar is stored in them, they become more palatable. When most of the grass is dead, the sugary weeds are still alive.


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