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    Default Grazing horses on fertilizer? Surely its bad?

    Surely you should not graze a horse on a field that had fertilizer put on it a day or so before, and in dry weather?? And they already have too much grass

    Also, what duty of care does a livery yard owner have over making sure horses have adequate grazing - as in a starvation paddock? If say lots of horses at said yard are prone to laminitus or colic and they refuses to let them in a starvation paddock and yet give them MORE grass, and so far 2 have gone down with something, one has suspected colic and a laminitic horse is now lame?

    If the horse owners have no where ot move to and are stuck there then surely the yard owner is in a way causing undue suffering to the animals?

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    Default Re: Grazing horses on fertilizer? Surely its bad?

    I think it should be left 10 days minimum and have a t least had one good rain on it before horses should be grazed. I think Henryhorn lost a foal due to Nitrogen poisoning.

    My field has been fertilized - which im happy/not happy with. Happy that Chantin has lots of grass but unhappy as too much grass for Flighty the lammi pony. Ive compromised and stripped a small paddock off and let Chantin graze it completely off then Flighty can have it!

    I would say the YO should stop fertilizing the fields if they cant be grazed due to lammi horses/ponies. Its not worth risking grazing them on it.

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    Just had our fields fertilised and left if 4 days with 2 good days of rain so the fertiliser soaked well into the ground. Would definately not recommend grazing the horses until rain has soaked it through...apparently if sheep get into contact with fertiliser that hasn't soaked in the nitrogen can cause major problems with there feet.

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    Default Re: Grazing horses on fertilizer? Surely its bad?

    sorry to hijack this post but how did your trailer test go cidermill - tried to PM you but it wont work

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    Passed with 6 minors so well chuffed!!! it was quite nervewracking to be honest and minors were all on silly driving errors like speeding..opps, being hesitant at junctions and forgeting to check the trailer brakes when recoupling! - couldn't quite believe it but the examiner basically said that you would load the horse into the trailer then hitch the trailer to the car but before rehitching you would check the trailer brakes!!!!! as if!!! firstly who in there right mind would (unless exceptional circumstances) load the horse before hitching up the trailer and who would test the brakes with the horse in the trailer! could be interesting if parked on a hill! anyway thanks for asking and remembering!! - if you want a rundown on exactly whats involved pm me and ill let you know!

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    Default Re: Grazing horses on fertilizer? Surely its bad?

    [ QUOTE ]
    examiner basically said that you would load the horse into the trailer then hitch the trailer to the car

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    Thats madness! The trailer would tip (and I speak from experience )!

    Our fields were fertilized last year with chicken poo, but aren't getting done this year - I think YO realised it was too rich already.

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    Default Re: Grazing horses on fertilizer? Surely its bad?

    No, no, no.....don't ever put horses in a newly fertilised field which hasn't been rained on. They will burn themselves and could end up with serious internal issues.

    As for starvation paddock; much the same as chosing a yard with facilities which suit. If there is no paddock then move to a yard which offers it. It isn't the YO responsibility - it is the owners.

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    Default Re: Grazing horses on fertilizer? Surely its bad?

    Someone posted alittle while ago that their foal died from eating fertilizer, never graze it until it has soaked in

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    Default Re: Grazing horses on fertilizer? Surely its bad?

    Yes..I think that was Henryhorn.

    Really..it does seem rather obvious to me. I mean, you wouldn't sprinkle a handful of fertiliser over your horses feed would you?

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    Default Re: Grazing horses on fertilizer? Surely its bad?

    Firstly the fertiliser issue. When land is fertisilised the grass shoots take up he chemical nitrogen in huge numbers, hence the rapid growth. If your horse eats it in this state it may get nitrate poisoning and die as our foal did. So no way should you ever graze a newly fertilised paddock for at least ten days and only then after rain has washed some of it into the soil where it will be taken up more slowly into the grass.
    Secondly the yard owner has no obligation whatsoever to provide you with a starvation paddlock. The land you graze is land the YO has in excess for their own use, so although they charge you for it, it's up to them how much/how little they offer you.
    There are various options open to you. Either buy some electric fencing and sub divide the fields, keep the horses in part of the time, or move.
    As for saying nowhere to move to, come on, that's ridiculous! The horses are first and foremost the owner's responsibilty, so it's up to you to find somewhere they won't get rich grazing.
    No one forces you to stay at your yard, so find somewhere that suits you better.
    It sounds as though your YO isn't interested in helping prevent laminitis so you would be happier somewhere else.
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