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Safely reintroducing horses to spring pastures

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By Levi Berg

Spring is almost here, and guess what? That means cool season grasses are starting to explode with growth.
The spring growth provides excellent forages for horses, but the quick change in diet can cause issues in your horses.
Horses that have been fed hay all winter have adapted their gut microbes to break down more fibrous material, and the lush pastures are low in fiber compared with cured hay.
This means that the spring lush pastures can easily upset your horses’ stomachs because the horse is not accustomed to eating fresh pastures after all these months.


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