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VickyC

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VickyC says:

Spring Grass

I feel like its that dreaded time of year again, Boo has only been on it for one day (he has returned to winter paddock due to rain) and he just wont stop!! I'm enjoying not have to squeeze all the time but he does about 20 laps of the manage in canter/gallop (sometimes controlled) before even having any inclination to stop. He is now starting to get silly on the road and its ruining my confidence. All my friends say its him taking the mick, which is somewhat true but it always happens this time of year. I dont feed him anything heating just original Alfa alfa, Pasture nuts H&B, Soya oil, a tiny sprinkle of mixed flakes to keep them in his diet and carrots. Not sure what to try, my friends say I need to show him who is boss, but he is quite sensitive and I think its making it worse. HELP![B)]

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haffyfan1

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haffyfan1 says:

Re: Spring Grass

I would think about cutting out the mixed flakes and maybe also the pasture nuts as he may not need them and some horses find even none heating nuts heating at times and cereals such as mixed flakes will def liven him up without spring being in the air. They do all get a bit high on grass at first but I would look at the rest of his diet rather than the grass as causing his excess energy....An alfalfa based chop (like dengie products) may be more than sufficient for him without any of the cereals. Take a look on the manufacturers websites, most offer advice too.

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VickyC

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VickyC says:

Re: Spring Grass

Thanks for the advice will try that and see what happens. Think he has gone a bit barmy anyway would not come in from winter paddock (which is a field of mud)so left him there on his own. Thought we would leave him out and teach him a lesson even when others were fed. He got the last laugh as he could not careless!![:D]

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duckles

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duckles says:

Re: Spring Grass

i think it is probably spring grass- it always does that to my horse. your's probably a tb or tb cross, is he? i would drop the hard feed for a bit and maybe restrict grazing for a while but the really sugary grass only lasts for a month or so - ok that is a long time i know ,especially if its affecting your confidence. Would you try a calmer or lunging before you ride? If your horse is only a younster, he should calm with age. I tend to dread the first few weeks of the spring grass myself but it hasn't come up here yet. at the same time, you can get lovely flat work more easily. perhaps doing a good bit of flat work or anything to distract him and use his energy before hacking might help. Even games and ground work. good luck, i'll let you know how i get on when the grass finally grows!

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AndiK

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AndiK says:

Re: Spring Grass

My horse is coiled like a spring at the moment and the only difference is that he is out now. God Damn spring grass. All he is getting at the mo is 1/2 scoop on nuts and some Hi-Fi with his supaflex, garlic and soya oil and only in the morning. I am only feeding him a little at the mo because I want to keep up the supaflex as it really is working!

AndiK x

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miss_k181

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miss_k181 says:

Re: Spring Grass

Spring grass Where???? I want some. My field is currently flooded due to the weeks of rain. Think my fertiliser has probably washed away to the ****s by now and my grass seed is saturated. What i would do for some grass. Still on full food rations and loads of hay, and will be for a long time unless sun shines for about a month constant.

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VickyC

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VickyC says:

Re: Spring Grass

Thanks he seems a bit calmer at the moment stopped the tiny bit of fixed flakes, do you know which calmer works? Im a bit sceptical about them but willing to give anything a try.  Definatly good idea about flat work, I dont look bright red now when i finish thanks to the extra energy he has found.  Not sure about doing ground work with him as I dont know what im doing and he hates change.  I tried getting him to go back, his eyes nearly popped out of his sockets and he keeps eyeing me up like im a nutter now lol.

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