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Fall Brings Ritual of Hay Buying for Horses

September 30, 2010

Fall weather brings with it the seasonal chore of buying and storing hay for the winter.... Read More

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Stymied by Long-Stem Versus Short-Stem Forages?

July 01, 2010

Nutritionists normally recommend horses consume some "long-stem" forage each day. Long-stem forage is best defined as hay or pasture. This recommendation respects the natural desire of horses to graze, as horses are hardwired to spend... Read More

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Analyzing Feed and Forage for Horses

July 01, 2010

Awareness of what your horse is eating can help you determine if his dietary needs are being met and, if not, what can be added to meet those needs. With respect to the nutritional needs of a horse, it is important to know the meaning... Read More

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Hay Feeders Reduce Waste

March 12, 2010

Horse owners can nearly halve their hay wastage by selecting the right round bale feeder for their pasture.... Read More

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Horse Protein Needs and Sources

March 12, 2010

Proteins, composed of essential and nonessential amino acids, are important nutrients for horses.... Read More

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Hay Banks Help Horses, Owners in Need

March 08, 2010

As some recession-weary horse owners struggle to feed their animals, hay banks in some states are helping those most in need.

Hay banks provide owners with enough hay to keep their horses healthy during times of crisis, often up to o... Read More

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Forage Alternatives (Book Excerpt)

February 13, 2010

If your horse suffers from chronic respiratory allergies (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also called "broken wind" or "heaves"), has dental troubles that make chewing hay difficult, or is very elderly, one of these alternative forms... Read More

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Hay Quality (Book Excerpt)

February 11, 2010

Much of the assessment of the quality of your hay can be done the old-fashioned way: Break open a bale and scratch n' sniff! Good quality hay should be green rather than yellow or brown. ... Read More

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Understanding Forages (Book Excerpt)

February 05, 2010

The protein content of hay is largely determined when it is cut--the younger the hay, the higher the protein. Hay cut past the mid-bloom stage (when about 50% of the plants have flowered and gone to seed) is a good deal lower in protein content, and ... Read More

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Texas Filly Shot, Information Reward Offered

February 03, 2010

Law enforcement authorities in Parker County, Texas, hope the offer of a $10,700 cash reward will result in the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a young Quarter Horse last month.

On Jan. 24 ra... Read More

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Hay Feeders Uncovered

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

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Watch for Poisonous Weeds in Hay

November 19, 2009

Most weeds are not palatable and will be avoided by pastured livestock if adequate forage is available... Read More

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Soaking Hay Key to Stable Dust Reduction

November 05, 2009

Horse owners' selection and preparation of their animals' feed has a greater influence on concentrations of dust and endotoxin in the stable than the type of bedding used, researchers recently reported.... Read More

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First Fall Frost Brings Flurry of Forage Questions

October 21, 2009

The first frost of the autumn generally brings questions centered around three general topics:

  • Suspected toxicity of frosted alfalfa to grazing animals
  • Post-frost harvest of last alfalfa cutting
  • Toxic prussic acid... Read More

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Alfalfa Conference to Focus on Profitability

September 23, 2009

Dismal prices, sluggish sales, high production costs, and challenging weather conditions have left alfalfa farmers with little to no profit in 2009, prompting a focus on "Improving Your Odds of Profitability" at this year's Western Alfalfa and... Read More

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Establishing Pastures and Hayfields: Fall Conditions Ideal

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

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The Replacements: Alternative Forages and Feeds

September 01, 2009

Quality forage and grain alternatives can help owners manage horses during drought and economic downturn.... Read More

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Kentucky Hay Supply Rebounds, Testing Important

August 26, 2009

Wet conditions in Kentucky this spring and summer have created an abundance of hay in the state for the upcoming winter feeding season.

The increase in volume is welcome news to many hay and livestock producers who suffered through the... Read More

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Six Simple Tips for Buying Good Hay

August 11, 2009

As bales of hay roll in from the fields on the back of farmers' wagons, it's again time to start staking your claim so that your hayloft remains full over the coming winter months. Here are some tips to help you select hay for your horses.... Read More

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Help Support Equine Research Through Morris Animal Foundation

July 31, 2009

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is pleased to announce 35 new companion animal studies available for sponsorship.

MAF will fund more than 200 new, continuing, and veterinary student scholar studies in 2009-2010. These studies are availabl... Read More

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Barn Fires: Avoid Hay Bale Combustion

July 24, 2009

Experienced agricultural producers in the southern Great Plains know that low wind speeds, high humidity, moist hay, and hot temperatures can be a recipe for disaster. Under such a set of circumstances, tightly stacked hay bales have been... Read More

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Drought Burdens Texas Horse Rescues

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

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Hay Herbicides Not a Risk to Horses, Despite Manure-Fertilized Crop Loss

July 10, 2009

Recent reported crop losses in North Carolina and several other states are linked to certain broad leaf herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, and picloram, according to researchers. In North Carolina, people with gardens and organic... Read More

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Vetrolin Grooming Guide

June 29, 2009

The new Vetrolin Grooming Guide provides information on techniques for keeping horses clean and healthy. Topics discussed include proper bathing and tail cleaning, cleaning tough stains, managing unruly hair, and protecting the horse’s hair coat... Read More

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Effects of Hay Carbs on PSSM Horses Examined

June 08, 2009

The study group's objectives were to determine if there is a difference in blood glucose and insulin response to feeding hay types with varying water soluble sugar and starch (NSC) content between horses with PSSM and control horses.... Read More