Horses naturally desire to graze for hours on end and should be fed only a little, often. … Grass – horses love grass. It’s their food of choice and is excellent for their digestion (although be wary that your horses are eating too many grass in the spring, as it can lead to laminitis).
The Grass Colic is a form of spasmodic colic that results from gas accumulation in the digestive tract. It can happen when a horse consumes excessive amounts of grass to which it is not used. Horses are at risk of developing colic when the diet of the horse suddenly shifts, regardless of whether it is due to grain, grass or a different feed that is not his usual.
If they are fed the highest quality grass horses ought to be able get all the nutrition they require. That, after all, is what they consume in nature. Unfortunately, only a few owners, with their own fault are able to enjoy top-quality grasslands. Overgrazing or grazing in drought, freezing poor management, soil quality, as well as snow covers all impact how the quality of grass as well as the ability of horses to get sufficient nutrition. Some of these problems can be addressed with well-managed pastures as well as soil amending.
With good treatment, a great growing season, and a good soil, the majority of horses require supplementation of fodder, minerals or concentrates for at most some of the time. Spring, winter, and fall can slow the growth of grass and make grass less than ideal the horse. Be prepared to supplement with hay and a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. Be aware of your horse’s health and for any signs that weight gain. Every horse is a unique animal So what is good for one horse may not work for another.