Kikuyu grass, or Pennisetum clandestinum, which is a
tropical and very hardy grass that is part the Poacea family of true grasses,
and one of the largest species of grasses within the world.
A native to East Africa, and named after the Kĩkũyũ
tribe , which are an indigenous people from the region where the plant is a
native, Kikuyu has been fed to stock for centuries as it’s very drought tolerant
and has often provided forage to farm animals in the greatest times of need due
to its drought hardiness.
Firstly what is a hoof abscess.....
An abscess can be an extremely painful internal hoof infection for our horses, that can range from causing minor lameness to preventing a horse from any weight bearing on the affected leg at all.
Abscesses happen inside the inner workings of the hoof capsule, and often no sign of the abscess itself can be found externally, though a digital pulse can accompany the lameness at the rear of the hoof, and sometimes swelling will be present in the leg too. Abscesses are very common reasons for lameness in domestic horses, and most horses suffer from at least one abscess in their lives, if not more.
It's the bad grass season time again, and I devote a huge proportion of my time to helping horses that are adversely affected by eating high sugar toxic grasses, and our horse welfare organisation gives free advice as well as hands on help to the people that are struggling to care for these horses thankfully to very successful results…..but we still see a lot of confusion over horses and grass in our challenging NZ conditions, so I wanted to talk about what being “grass affected” actually means for your horse and how to cope with it, as well as why we suffer so badly with it here in New Zealand?