Sugars accumulate in grass when there is abundant sunlight but factors limit growth. What times of the day or night are “safer” to turn horses out on pasture considering those factors? When conditions for grass growth are optimum, sugar levels are lowest from about 3AM to 10AM.... read more ›
Sugar content of grasses is higher in the afternoon than in the morning and sugar content is lowest at night, so grazing should be restricted to the safest times of the day to graze, early morning and night times.... see more ›
During daylight hours, grasses make and store sugars as they take in water, sunlight and carbon dioxide (photosynthesis). Plants use sugar to fuel growth overnight. So plant sugars are higher in the late afternoon and lower in the early morning.... see more ›
You may be surprised to hear that grasses contain large amounts of… sugar! It's no wonder why horses love it so much! But just like humans, an excess of sugar could cause problems for horses.... see details ›
When turning out laminitis-prone horses to graze, turn them out in the early morning and evening because that is when the water-soluble carbohydrate levels are lowest.... see more ›
Most horses do not need the high nutritional value and benefit from the many fibers and the low nutritional value of long grass. Because older grass also contains less sugar, this is also safer for horses that shed in the summer or are sensitive to laminitis.... view details ›
Frosty mornings are beautiful, but they can increase the risk of laminitis. Frosty mornings are beautiful, but they can increase the risk of laminitis. Frost can cause levels of fructan in grass, which is a risk to horses and ponies who are prone to laminitis.... view details ›
The standard advice is 30 days of box rest after the horse or pony is moving around the stable freely, but this may vary depending on the affected animal's condition. Some horses that founder may have to be stabled for up to a year after the initial bout of laminitis.... read more ›
Photosynthesis makes sugar in grass. On a cloudy day, less sugar will be made.... continue reading ›
Grass contains a combination of simple sugars (produced in daylight hours via photosynthesis) and fructan, the storage form of sugar found largely in the stem.... see more ›
How to test your grass for it's sugar content - YouTube... continue reading ›
Although alfalfa hay is higher in total energy content than grass hays, most of the energy is from protein and fiber. Grasses growing in cooler weather in general accumulate more sugars because they respire less.... view details ›
Cold weather often seems to trigger laminitis - we usually see an increase in laminitis cases as soon as the weather turns cold (snow/ice/frost) each winter.... see more ›
For animals suffering acute laminitis symptoms generally come on very suddenly and are severe.... continue reading ›
Horses that are out at night, are generally out for longer hours which, in turn, means that they'll eat more grass.... see details ›
A return to some access to grass will often be possible following laminitis or for a horse with EMS/ID, as long as something - whatever caused the laminitis - has changed.... see more ›
Correct feeding, in conjunction with reducing acid build-up in the bowel, are the most effective ways to prevent laminitis. The basis of feeding horses with laminitis involves formulating a balanced diet high in fat and fibre whilst avoiding sugars (i.e. grains and carbohydrate-rich pastures).... read more ›
The long stalks of hay that remain consist mainly of crude fibre (structural carbohydrates) and, dried into hay, form good low-energy roughage for laminitic horses or horses that need to lose weight. The most commonly cultivated grasses are English and Italian ryegrass, red fescue and tall fescue.... continue reading ›
- Identify at-risk horses. ...
- Treat PPID. ...
- Minimize sugars and starches in the diet. ...
- Limit access to lush pasture. ...
- Manage body weight. ...
- Prevent starch overloads. ...
- Make dietary changes gradually.
All night long, the liver releases sugar to provide the brain and nervous system with energy. In the early hours of the morning, a series of hormones that boost energy and alertness send additional sugar into the blood to ready you for a new day. This rise from hormones is called the dawn phenomenon.... read more ›
High-GI and high in simple sugars, your body will burn off this energy in no time, and leave you feeling even hungrier than before. If you want to eat sugar-heavy fruits in the morning, make sure to combine them with protein sources like nuts, to slow down the digestion process.... view details ›