Pasture Pitfalls: Too Much Sugar

Pasture grass is coming on in a hurry, with fields of former mud turning to vibrant green in many areas of the country. While spring grass is a wonderful change from hay for many horses, it can pose a risk for sugar-sensitive horses.

Be aware that:

  • Sugar levels increase during the growing season when days are warm.
  • Grass doesn’t grow on cool nights, so high levels of sugar remain in the leaves overnight.
  • Overgrazing fields stresses grass and can lead to increased sugar levels.

Healthy horses have minimal issues adjusting to the levels of sugar, but the sugar levels may cause sensitive horses to founder.

Keep a horse’s body condition and sensitivity to sugar in mind when planning a turnout schedule. For horses that are sensitive to sugar, like those with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) or Cushing’s disease (PPID), that have trouble metabolizing sugar:

  • Research planting warm-season grasses lower in sugar. Check with your local extension office for the best options in your area.
  • Limit or stop grazing high-risk horses when nights are cold and days are bright and sunny.

Read more at Kentucky Performance Products.

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