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Ask Dr. Kaia
September 19, 2018

Q:  Now that the nights are getting colder,
do I need to worry about laminitis with my horse?


A: We always put laminitic horses out on pasture with caution. Certain conditions can change the sugar content of the pasture grass. Nights when temperatures dipped below 45°--especially in the fall of the year—is a danger period. Grasses begin to prepare for dormancy, producing more sugar and becom­ing more dangerous for laminitic horses.
This is a good time to start feeding some Alfalfa Hay or Teff hay so that your horse does not fill up on that grass. It's also time to start transitioning your pasture horses to a drier diet.
To avoid colic due to change in diet from grass to to a drier feed stuff, begin now to add some hay daily to your horse’s diet. That way, when you take him off the pasture or pasture becomes unavailable, and he is then relying on hay, he will not gorge on it. Every fall I see a rash of impaction colics. Please try to prevent this by starting to gradually feed hay.

#AskDrKaia #Laminitis #WhoaThereNellie #HayIsForHorses #PreventColic


Regards,
Kaia

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