Struggles with Spring Grass


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Here in Kentucky, the sun is finally shining and it appears that spring has settled in. And with spring comes grass É lots and lots of grass.

Some owners of older horses at my boarding barn are absolutely thrilled to see the pastures greening up, especially those whose horses dropped some weight over the winter or the few with golden oldies with dental issues (or nearly no teeth at all) who have a hard time chewing hayÑgrass tends to be easier for these individuals to manage. I’m thrilled to see the grass, but Dorado and his friend Chase live in a relatively small paddock that doesn’t grow as much grass as the neighboring large pastures do. It’s the best of both worlds: He’s got enough fresh forage to graze on all day, but not so much that he turns into a balloon.

Spring grass: A welcome addition for some horse owners, but a source of more work and worry for others

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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