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Horses and grass clippings

Never feed a horse on lawn mower clippings or any other types of garden waste as this can be a very dangerous practice for various reasons:

Never feed a horse on lawn mower clippings or any other types of garden waste as this can be very dangerous.


If your horses live on land that is alongside one or more suburban properties, be aware that the neighbours may be dumping garden waste including lawn mower clippings over the fence, therefore it can be a good idea to erect a double fence in this situation. Even a simple electric fence that is placed several feet to the inside of the perimeter fence may be enough, although neighbours may still insist on putting garden waste in with your animals. Remember that in or near suburbia, you may be required by law to erect signage warning people that electric fencing is being used - check with your local authority.

Other measures that you can take include posting notices asking people not to feed your animals. Chat to neighbours about the risks and ask them to stop dropping any garden waste over the fence. In most cases, people think they are doing your animals a favour and, once the dangers are explained to them, they will stop doing it.

If you are a keen composter of your manure, you may be able to make good use of their garden waste on your compost pile. For example, if you have lots of woody products such as wood shavings to compost, the addition of green garden waste will be a boon so you could ask them to put the garden waste on your manure heap instead.

What about when a paddock is mowed in order to tidy it up? The horses may be able to be left in a paddock after mowing provided that the cuttings are well scattered (they dry out quickly in this case). The mown grass cuttings in this situation are not usually cut as fine as are lawn mower clippings and they usually dry out quickly or decompose with little or no fermentation. The remaining freshly cut grass stems (rather than the cuttings) are sweetened with sugars stored in the plant leaf, so the grazing animals are usually more interested in this rather than the grass cuttings themselves. Be aware though that horses that are at risk of laminitis will be at risk of eating too much sugar in this case.

If you are at all unsure, remove the horses from the paddock for several days before letting them back in. Better still, only mow paddocks after you move the herd to the next paddock as part of a rotational grazing management system.

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