My horses are fat and it’s entirely my fault. Well, sort of. I hate having to put grazing muzzles on them so I have been putting off doing so for far too long. If you’re not horsey then you may not know that grass can be actually quite fattening. Especially for creatures who have evolved to be very efficient digesters of poor quality varieties which here in Kentucky they are definitely NOT.

However besides being generally unhealthy, when a horse packs on the pounds it starts to impact the very feet they get around on. For one thing it’s too much weight for each individual hoof capsule to absorb – and for another as they eat the sugars in our rich bluegrass grasses collect in their digestive tract and start calling for more blood circulation up there and away from their hooves. When this happens things can get ugly quickly – without the proper blood flow in those hard feet the hoof wall can start to pull away from the interior soft tissues and suddenly you have a horse with destroyed foot structure.

So now you know way more than you probably want to about why too much grass can actually kill a horse. There’s a saying “No hoof, no horse”. A horse that can’t stand is a doomed horse. Why I let my horses get so plump knowing all of this is a testament to my own succumbing to those limpid brown eyes of theirs. I’m weak this way. But I am strong now. They’re in their stalls for over half the day now – completely away from grass – and have to wear a contraption called a grazing muzzle whenever they’re out in the pasture. It is designed to severely limit their ability to chomp up grass. They can eat through a little hole on the bottom of the muzzle but that’s it!

My mini hates it the worst – which is ironic because he needs it the most! Sigh. We’ll get through this. Now you know why horsemen in Kentucky look forward to winter.

And here’s the actual drawing – which is also for sale:

#271 – Graphite on Archival Paper – about 7.25″ x 10″ – $25 postage paid

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