Can horses colic from grass?

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  1. HappyJoy

    HappyJoy Senior Member+

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    lol, no one was reading it so i changed the name!

    this is really going to show my ignorance... can horses colic from grass? i don't really know why i was thinking about it, but i just got curious. thanks!
     
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  2. Top Dun

    Top Dun Senior Member+

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    YES horse Can colic from grass. or ANYTHING that is not in their normal diet. When introducing a horse to a new grass pasture you want to limit their time on the grass. and gradually increase that. the same as if you would introduce a new feed item to theri diet.
     
  3. Trevor-Runner

    Trevor-Runner Senior Member+

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    Yup they can =*( which suckss.. =(
     
  4. Carmen

    Carmen Full Member

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    I agree with Top Dun.

    Horses totally can. I do find though that some horses seem to have a higher tolerance for change and nothing phases them while others the slighest change and we seem to go into crisis mode lol..
     
  5. willeys bonanza

    willeys bonanza Senior Member

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    yeah if you put a hot horse out to grass or if you put them out for long peroids of grass with out building them up first. my horse has been on hay all winter and im starting to put him out to grass for about 20 minutes adn slowly build him up.
     
  6. Equestrian118

    Equestrian118 Senior Member

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    Yea, when I move my horses to my house this summer it'll be new grass out in the fields so they'll have to start on the grass for about 30 minutes and gradually work up to 24/7.
     
  7. equineluver14

    equineluver14 Senior Member+

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    It's not very likely that pasture kept horses colic, however it is possible for them to colic from grass. For example: Your horse isn't used to pasture and hasn't eaten the type of things in that pasture - it's a sudden change in diet, and that CAN cause colic. And in the early spring when the grass is lush, high moisture, and low in fiber - this can cause colic as well. To prevent this you should offer dry hay - which is high in fiber. When you feed hay along with pasture then your horse is less likely to colic from the grass because it's easier to digest.

    Bottom line horses are made to digest fiber. If it's high in fiber, and low starch they're most likely not going to colic from it.
     
  8. equineluver14

    equineluver14 Senior Member+

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    Also i have to add that grass clippings can cause colic (as well as founder).
    There are many reasons grass clippings are bad, but that main reason is they begin to ferment immediatly after they are cut, and that does not do any good for a horse's digestion..
     






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