Transition from stable to meadow
When the horses can eat unlimited grass in the spring, they run a risk of getting diseases such as colic or hoof tightness.
During the winter months, the horse's gastrointestinal tract is set on roughage. Roughage contains much less moisture than fresh grass. The ds content of roughage is about 80%, while grass is only about 14%. A horse eats by grass, mainly moisture (water). Grass food can therefore make the stool thinner but the horse can also get colic. The bacteria in the large intestine are affected by sudden ration change, but colic can also occur because the horse stomach can not handle large amounts of greedy eaten grass.
In spring, the fructa content, which is the offender of the captivity, is highest. In addition, the fructose content differs by grass type. The widely used English roughage contains more fructans than most other grasses.
In order to overcome all this, it is wise to gradually build up the pasture in spring.
- Do not put your horses on the meadow on the first sunny day, but start short periods. Begin with one to two hours a day. It varies by horse how long it takes
- A large pasture can be divided into several plots, so every plot is scalded and you also prevent the horse from eating full
- In order to prevent the horse from getting diarrhea, it is advisable to give hay before the horses go up the meadow.The effect of hay feeding is to slow down the fermentation and thus make the manure thicker. The hay also causes the horse a little less hungry and the grass uptake afterwards goes a little slower
- Grass contains many sugars, proteins, energy and little structure. Preferably use Hartog Compact Grass as a roughage. Hartog grass is similar to grass because it is artificially dried, due to artificial drying, more nutrients remain in the grass for the horse. Combined with the special Hartog Feed Box XL, it gives you the opportunity to provide your horse with a rich diet throughout the day.
At the transition back to the stable there are also a number of things very important, read more about this: From meadow to stables