Can I Turn Out a Horse That Foundered on Grass?

Typically, grass has less sugar overnight and in the early morning than during the day.
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If a horse has foundered, he likely should not be on grass, said Shannon Pratt-Phillips, PhD. It’s also important to think about how grass grows. Grass has more sugar during the day, so early morning is typically the best time to turn out horses that need reduced sugar intake. Weather conditions can also influence sugar levels in grass.

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About the Expert:

Shannon Pratt-Phillips

Shannon Pratt PhillipsShannon Pratt-Phillips, PhD, received her Master of Science from the University of Kentucky and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Guelph, focusing on equine nutrition and exercise physiology. Pratt-Phillips joined the faculty at North Carolina State University in 2006, where she currently teaches equine nutrition in the Department of Animal Science. She is the director of the Distance Education Animal Science Programs, which includes the Master of Animal Science program, and her field of research focuses on glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, obesity, and laminitis prevention and management in horses.

[Typically, grass has less sugar overnight and in the early morning than during the day.8/24/2022 17:52

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