Pasture quantity and quality affects the nutritional value it offers horses, as does the season and the amount of grazing time offered. A horse consumes more grass per hour in pastures that are lush; overgrazed or weedy pastures will offer little in the way of nutritional value and will be consumed more slowly. Here are some other pasture facts:
- Pastures that are stressed by drought or those that are overgrazed tend to have more sugar, which can be dangerous for horses that have sugar sensitivities.
- Pastures that are allowed to go to seed will provide less vitamins, energy and fat to horses.
- Clover provides more energy and nutrients to horses than grasses.
- Pastures that are mowed to 4 to 8 inches are optimal.
- Grass provides a horse with more vitamins that dried hay.
- A horse that is turned out 24/7 will eat for an average of 17 hours.
- To obtain the proper amount of Vitamin E in their diet, horses must graze full-time on good pasture.
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