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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Is clover safe?

My horses are out to pasture and this year there is some clover in the pasture. Someone told me that clover could cause a horse to founder. Is this true? Thanks for your time

Re: Is clover safe?

Hello Twyla,

You have no need to worry about allowing your horses to graze on clover. In fact, the addition of clover to grass pasture is an excellent combination because clover is a legume, and legumes boost the lysine content of grasses, thereby creating a high quality protein. So, your horses will be better nourished on a grass/legume mixture of pasture and/or hay.

Thanks for writing,

Dr. Getty