Pasture and Forages

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Studies Track Horses' Movement Patterns

June 15, 2010

Where the wild horses roam free, daily hoof tracks can be followed for miles. Now thanks to new, lightweight GPS technology, Australian researchers are no longer following tracks but recording satellite signals from various wild horse herds as well ... Read More

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Forages: The Foundation of Equine Gastrointestinal Health

June 05, 2010

Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, with specialized digestive tracts adapted to digest and utilize diets containing high levels of plant fiber. They are capable of processing large quantities of forage to meet their nutrient... Read More

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Summer Pastures: Easy Steps to Proper Fertilization

May 10, 2010

Hay producers who pay close attention to soil fertility fundamentals are better prepared to meet desired forage production and nutritive value with their fields. This management tool is especially important with introduced forages. ... Read More

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Spring Green: Sprucing Up Your Pastures

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

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Horses' Grass Choices Depend on Nutritional Value

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

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Weed of the Month: Canada Thistle

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

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Equine Spring Transition Tips

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

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Pasture Sugars

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

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Laminitis y los Pastos de Primavera (TheHorse.com en Español)

March 11, 2010

Spanish translation of an article on controlling access to spring pasture grasses to prevent laminitis.... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Revisión a Enfermedad Equina de los Pastos

March 09, 2010

Spanish translation of an article reviewing equine grass sickness (enfermedad equina de los pastos).... Read More

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Year-Round Pasture Management

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

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Managing Pastures to Avoid Tall Fescue Toxicity

February 25, 2010

Broodmare farm operators in the southeastern United States are interested in managing tall fescue toxicity because of the pregnancy complications it can cause.

The University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, has evaluate... Read More

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USDA Seeks Comments on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

February 17, 2010

The comment period for a draft environmental impact statement evaluating the potential environmental effects of deregulating alfalfa genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, known commercially as Roundup, has been ext... Read More

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Improve Pastures this Spring

February 09, 2010

Horse owners wanting to add to or improve the forage species in their existing pastures should consider using either the frost seeding method in February and early March, or interseeding later in the spring months.

Frost seedin... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Azùcares en Pastura y los Riesgos para Laminitis

December 18, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. ... 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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University of Kentucky Researcher wins Prestigious Award; Will be Honored by President Obama

October 15, 2009

David McNear, PhD, assistant professor of rhizosphere science in the University of Kentucky's (UK) Plant and Soil Sciences Department, was recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research o... Read More

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Study: Horses' Diets Affect Gastrointestinal Bacteria

October 09, 2009

Horses fed a diet of only forage have greater bacterial stability and fewer "bad" fecal bacteria, such as Streptococcus spp, than horses that are also fed concentrates. This finding, reported by a group of Swedish researchers,... 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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TheHorse.com en Español: Herbecidas en el Heno Retienen el Poder en el Estiércol

September 16, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an... Read More

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Colic: Diet Can Reduce Enterolith Risk, Review Finds

September 14, 2009

If your horse is at risk for intestinal stones or enteroliths (a common cause of obstruction-induced colic in horses), consider replacing an alfalfa-based diet with grass hay, said Diana M. Hassel, DVM, PhD, of Colorado State University.... 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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Understanding Beet Pulp as an Equine Feed

September 07, 2009

Beet pulp has been a popular feed for horses for years without many people really knowing why. ... 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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Toxic Ragwort Warning Issued by UK Group

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