Owning horses can be an absolute pleasure in the summertime, but just like the other seasons, summer feeding has its own problems to contend with, especially in the hotter and more humid regions of the country.
Founder is one of the most crippling diseases of horses and ponies. Laminitis, the initiating cause of founder, can affect any horse, of any age or sex, at any time of year. Laminitis can be triggered by a variety of metabolic or physical causes.
As we all know, hay is often a mainstay of winter diets. When pasture grasses stop growing and start turning an unappetising shade of brown, it is time to begin supplementing good-quality hay to pastured horses.
When access to high-quality pasture is available, horses, especially good doers, will find the extra calories they require in succulent grasses. In fact, owners may want to be sure horses don't become too pudgy as winter segues into spring and summer.
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