Pasture & Forage Management
May 06, 2010
Picture the perfect horse farm in your mind, and you probably envision contented horses grazing velvety green fields that roll away in every direction. When you visit an actual horse pasture, however, reality often includes manure piles surroun... Read More
May 04, 2010
Give your horse two choices: tall grass or low grass. Which one will he choose?
That answer depends a lot on the quality and nutritional composition of the grass, according to a new study by French researchers.
Although ho... Read More
April 22, 2010
Canada thistle is distributed across the northern United States and Canada. It's listed as noxious in many states and classified as a prohibited noxious weed seed in many state seed laws. ... Read More
April 01, 2010
Dr. Kristina Hiney, PhD, Omega Fields Equine Nutrition Advisor, has prepared a series of seasonal tips to help horse owners transitioning their horses from one season to another.... Read More
April 01, 2010
Grass is grass, right? Wrong! That lovely green pasture you've diligently watered and kept weed-free can be like Jekyll and Hyde. If your horse is at risk for grass founder or has a low tolerance for high levels of sugar... Read More
March 01, 2010
Proper pasture management prevents erosion and nutrient loss from the soil, which also helps improve stream and water quality. In addition, pastures can provide an excellent "free-choice" exercise plan for horses. But the most important role pasture... Read More
February 28, 2010
As horse farm managers and owners face another year of tough economic times and high feeding costs, the University of Kentuckyâ€™s Horse Pasture Evaluation Program helps them stretch every dollar. The program, which will run from April to O... Read More
February 01, 2010
Anthelmintic resistance is recognized globally as a serious problem in equine internal parasite control. In this article, one farm owner describes his success with using nonchemical means of controlling worms in his horses.... Read More
February 01, 2010
Many horse owners try to keep their horses on pasture, but it can be a challenge to maintain healthy pastures that provide high-quality forage. Horses tend to overuse their favorite areas and ignore others. Owners need a good pasture management plan.... Read More
January 15, 2010
Dandelion is widespread across North America and is a commonly occurring plant in all types of pastures and turf. This is one of the most well-known weeds because of its bright yellow flowers and round, gray-to-white seed heads that are borne on a ho... Read More
December 01, 2009
Is there a better way to feed hay to horses? There are dozens of hay feeder options, as it turns out, each with its own advantages. Hay feeders are designed to keep hay off the ground and sheltered from the elements to reduce wastage.... Read More
November 30, 2009
Want to see an example of less-than-stellar drainage? Check out your own horse barn. One of the most important concerns for a building site is water drainage, which includes water flowing to the building site as well as water moving away from the ... Read More
October 23, 2009
About 840 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you manage weeds in your pastures?"... Read More
October 06, 2009
Horse manure needs to be 'cooked' for a specific length of time and at high enough temperatures to result in sufficient reductions in viability of roundworm (Parascaris equorum) eggs and Rhodococcus equi populations, report... Read More
October 01, 2009
A growing number of owners want to keep their horses at home on small farms; here are some tips on doing it wi... Read More
September 16, 2009
September 13, 2009
Cool temperatures and abundant rainfall create ideal conditions for forage producers to establish or thicken grass pastures and hayfields.
"The continuous rainfall this summer was very good for forage growth, and soil moisture levels are... Read More
August 25, 2009
Land and horse owners are reminded to be on their guard against deadly ragwort following the inclement weather of July and August, World Horse Welfare noted in a statement Aug. 13.
"Ragwort poses a huge risk to horse health and in... Read More
August 24, 2009
Fall nitrogen application has long been promoted within the turfgrass industry to improve stand density. Researchers conducted a field study on four well-managed horse farm pastures in the Central Bluegrass region of Kentucky from September 2006... Read More
August 09, 2009
Spiny pigweed/Spiny amaranth
Scientific name: Amaranthus spinosus L.
Life Cycle: Warm season annul
Origin: Tropical America
Spiny pigweed is distributed widely across the United States and grows most... Read More
August 08, 2009
At the beginning of August, the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) received several calls regarding the presence of mushrooms in pastures around eastern Kentucky. Callers were concerned about whether it presented... Read More
July 24, 2009
Horse owners can learn more about weed control in horse pastures from a new fact sheet published by University of Minnesota horse extension specialists.
The new publication,
July 23, 2009
Texas' worst drought in 50 years has burnt up pasture and raised the price of hay, leaving horse rescues to cope with an increase in abandonment and neglect cases as owners struggle to feed their horses.
"The cost of hay is going up, if you... Read More
July 20, 2009
Most horse owners have happy memories of trotting down a tree-shaded lane, riding along a stream of clear water, or cantering across an open field. Nature and horses just go together.
"Taking steps to protect the environment can improve you... Read More
July 09, 2009
Kentucky horse owners might find Bermudagrass to be a good summer pasture species for mares, foals, and yearlings, and it might also serve as an on-farm source of hay or bedding. These observations are based on a continuing four-year study at the... Read More
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