After 6 month period of cold, grey and rainy, snowy, windy weather in the Netherlands, it’s always a great pleasure to feel the temperature rising and to see how nature awakes and how it makes a new start, whether it's in the capital city of Amsterdam or in the countryside!
Also the pastures of my horses are exploding at the moment with lots of delicious grass, cleavers, and dandelions 🌱 ☘️ 🌼. Of course we carefully have to manage that they don’t get an excessive intake of it, because horses love 💚 this 'salad bowl’!
Although young, fresh grass appears to be a nice addition to the regular food, it also brings risks with it.
The combination of clear sun and cold nights in spring create very high sugar levels in the new grass and this can be dangerous for grazing horses and ponies.
Huge amounts of sugar can lead to the disease 'laminitis' and every year many horses get acute laminitis where the horse is severly crippled and in pain. Recovery from this disease might take months.
If you want to know how to prevent this disease, how to treat a horse with laminitis and how to get back to 'work' when the horse is back on its feet, check out this article: