We've had cool and very wet weather for several months now, and the grass is sure liking it. We always have good grazing - we actively manage the pastures for quality, using techniques like rotational grazing - but this year the weather has resulted in overly lush pastures. In places, the grass is waist high and still growing. Normally, we would do mowing to help manage the growth, but this year conditions have been so consistently wet that mowing hasn't been possible. Our horses cannot keep up with it, although they're sure trying and some of them are showing the effects.
So far - it's not even mid-June - Maisie has developed laminitis and a number of the horses have gone from a good body condition to obese. I'm not a big fan of obesity in horses - it's hard on the joints and supporting tendons and ligaments and is a risk factor for laminitis. I've started bringing my three pastured horses (Lily, Dawn and Noble) in at noon so their grazing is limited - Lily is going into the dry lot with Maisie, with some hay, Dawn is going in a grass paddock that is pretty depleted, and Noble is going in another small grass paddock that isn't as rich as the pastures.
Our pastures might be perfect for lactating mares - and in fact, that's what we now have - lactating mares! Both Lily and Misty are getting bags filled with milk, or a milk-like liquid. They've both had this happen at times when our pastures are richer. Misty has had two foals, and Lily may have had one before we got her. In fact Lily was uncomfortable enough last night that she insisted that I milk her to reduce the pressure! (I didn't keep what we produced!) Lily will turn around and back up to me when she needs her butt scratched, or udder cleaned, but this time it was clear that she wanted the udder emptied - every time I stopped milking, she would turn the butt to me and back up towards me until I started again!
I'm hoping for some dry weather, and some heat, so the grass will decide it can stop growing for a while!