Spring grazing gets all the buzz. But did you know that fall grass can be just as dangerous as its springtime counterpart?
Learn all about how you can keep your horse safe during fall grazing with a free interactive webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. EST with leading holistic veterinarian Dr. Joyce Harman.
“While grass tends to be lower in fructans and starch during the summer heat, the situation changes as the nighttime temperatures dip in the fall,” said Harman, owner and operator of Harmany Equine. “Laminitis is a very real threat once the nights turn cool and grass gets stressed.”
Here are a few teaser tips – be sure to tune into the webinar for more:
- Watch overnight temperatures. Grass produces sugar and starch due to photosynthesis during the day. During warmer months, grass would burn up these carbs during the night, thus making the early morning hours the safest time to graze. However, grass likes to hold onto the sugars overnight during the fall, so it is not a good idea to let your horse graze on pasture if it was below 40 degrees the night before.
- Stressed grass is high in sugar! Grasses that have been over-grazed during the summer months, are suffering from drought, or grass that has been touched by frost is stressed and unsafe to let your at-risk horse graze.
- Take a close look at brown grass. Although warm season grasses go dormant in the fall, be careful before you turn your insulin resistant or laminitic horse out on brown grass – many times, if it is still warm during the day, there will be green, sugar-rich blades still growing.
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