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Can We Lower NSC in Pastures by Mowing Regularly?

28/08/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr,

With Spring upon us, many horse owners caring for sugar-sensitive horses will be frantically trying to adopt different management strategies to reduce the intake of sugary pastures to avoid weight gain and laminitis. 

The approaches used by horse owners normally involve restricting and/or managing their horses’ access to grazing either strip grazing, fitting grazing muzzles, and often by locking horses out of pasture completely or during parts of the day. Then, when horses’ access to fresh pastures is restricted, their owners will be supplementing with soaked/steamed hay and low glycaemic index (GI) horse feeds.