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Fall Forage

It might seem like the perfect time of year to be a horse, but autumn grasses contain hidden danger.
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As you gaze out at your horse’s fi eld, it’s evident that winter is coming. the once-green color of lush grass is fading to varying shades of autumn brown. you may be thinking that the pasture is now ok for your horses to graze on full time—even those individuals that tend toward obesity. But you would be wrong.

With declining quality of pasture grass in autumn months, the grasses increase in their fructan (sugar) content, creating a risk of laminitis, a foot condition also referred to as founder. Let’s look at some of the reasons for this and what you can do to protect your horse.

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