Current thinking on the role of spring grass in laminitis

Freedom Grazing
Right now our pastures are close as we wait for the grass to grow in. But Freedom looks at the tender green grass with longing!

During the spring our pastures are closed for two reasons: first, we need the grass to get established and second, I’ve always worried that excessive amounts of lush, spring grass might be the cause of health issues such as laminitis.

However, according to an article on Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog, it’s a bit more complicated. The majority of horses that experience laminitic episodes triggered by spring grass also have an underlying endocrinopathic condition.

Read more about this new way of thinking about the causes of laminitis here.