About GrassCherokee at the beach

Grass - that all important fuel that keeps your horse going -
or does it?

How Grass Affects Horses
It is not that horses can’t eat any grass. Horses have evolved over millions of years as herbivores and a large part of their diet is meant to be grass. But there is an enormous difference between the grass in the diet of the healthy wild horse who wanders over vast areas nibbling and browsing a large variety of older grasses, bushes and trees and the grass in the diet of the average domestic horse who is confined to small areas and forced to eat the regrowth; or worse; the heavily fertilised, so-called ‘improved’ grasses meant for rapid weight-gain and milk production of livestock!!
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Rye & Clover

Clover is the cause of a wide array of health and behaviour problems, some of them so common we think they are normal, some way more severe causing frustration, accidents, loss of confidence in people, and unnecessary suffering and euthanasia of horses.

Without a doubt, these pastures directly impact your safety, enjoyment and pocket!! I used to think that mycotoxins were the most serious problem with rye grass and clover. Now I realise that serious mineral imbalances inherent in Rye and Clover pastures cause even more trouble.


Moulds & Myco-toxins

Symptoms of myco-toxin exposure and those of mineral imbalances can be similar and difficult to distinguish.
Both need to be addressed.

‘Myco’ is the Greek word for fungus so myco-toxins are ‘poisons or chemicals produced by fungi’.
Fungi or moulds produce myco-toxins when they are stressed by weather and moisture levels.

 Myco-toxins are potentially very harmful to all livestock including horses. Whilst the liver is very efficient at denaturing toxins, chronic or overwhelming assault will lead to various health problems especially when compounded by mineral imbalances.