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    Unhappy Is Chicory grass good/bad for mares?

    Our mare pasture has been taken over this spring/summer by Chicory grass? They are eating it like crazy but not getting fat. We have wormed them regularly so not a problem. Several are bred and I was worried that it may effect them like fescue does? This was a nice Bermuda field at one time... not sure if Chicory came from broadcasting with winter mix seed or chicken litter fertilizing (that we will never do again).



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    Are you sure it's chickory?

    Chickory around these parts are used to lure and feed deer.

    As far as hurting horses, according to Katy Watts who owns the site, http://www.safergrass.org, chickory is high in sugars and used to induce laminitis in test subjects for studying the same. If it were me, to be on the safe side, I would be tempted to kill the chickory (if it were a large amount) and reseed with something containing less sugars.... However, I don't know of any other risks, aside from laminitis, that it would pose to your mares.
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    Chicory is a great forage. In many areas in the US, & around the world, it is grown & cut as cattle fodder. It meets or exceeds the recommended
    dietary minerals requirements of lactating dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep
    and red deer than grass-based pastures during spring, summer and autumn. Puna Chicory is probably the most popular strain planted in the US. Though someone can correct me if I am wrong.

    What do you mean by grass? It is has rather large, broad leaves. Think the biggest dandelion leaves you have ever seen.

    My horses like it, & I am glad to see them eat it for the nutritional value.
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