Pasture & Forage Management

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Water Makeovers on the Farm

May 01, 2006

There are many things to consider when supplying water for horses. If you depend on a stream, pond, or ditch (rather than a controlled system such as buckets, tanks, or automatic waterers), there could be concerns regarding water quality (for your ... Read More

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Endophyte-Infected Fescue

April 01, 2006

Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is a nutritious cool-season perennial grass that grows on more than 35 million acres in the United States. Introduced from Europe more than 100 years ago, it didn't become popular until the mid-1940s afte... Read More

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Pasture Pests Pose Problems

April 01, 2006

Our farms usually fall into one of two pasture pest categories: Currently overrun, or about to be. Tunneling pasture pests can create serious hazards that can injure horses and ruin your fields. In a recent TheHorse.com poll, 65% of the 518 who... Read More

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Growing Grass After the Hurricanes

October 21, 2005

Will grass re-establish in Gulf Coast area pastures that were covered in murky, salty, or contaminated floodwaters for several weeks in September? That is a question agronomy researchers at Louisiana State University (LSU) aim to answer in the... Read More

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Clover Photosensitivity

October 01, 2005

A rainy, cool summer in Manitoba, Canada, was turning to fall when Thunder, a 2-year-old Paint/Arab cross gelding with lots of white across his body, began to show signs of colic. He was treated for colic four times in two days. Annette Fleming,... Read More

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Housing, Bedding, and Pasture (Book Excerpt)

September 21, 2005

Stabling, pasturing, bedding, and other aspects of a horse's living environment have major implications on the potential for health problems.... Read More

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Practical Mosquito Control

August 09, 2005

In addition to vaccination, mosquito control is critical in protecting your horses against WNV. Here's quick review on controlling mosquito populations in your barn:

  • Eliminate areas of standing water through improved drainage, or... Read More

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Fall and Winter Bring Forage Risks

November 10, 2004

Now that we've had our first frost in Central Kentucky (and many areas have had more than that), your pastures might be higher in carbohydrates and thus more dangerous for laminitic and/or metabolically challenged horses (such as Cushingoid... Read More

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Nutritional Value of Forages

November 09, 2004

To feed your horse the best forage for his needs, you have to understand the plants and what affects their nutrient content, said Jerry Chatterton, PhD, Research Leader of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Forage and Range Research... Read More

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Parasite Control Without--or Along With--Chemicals

October 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE

This is part ten of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Our horses are lucky to live in an age when modern deworming drugs can pretty much rid them of parasites. They're living longer an... Read More

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A Clean Sweep

October 01, 2004

There's a reality show that airs on BBC America called "Life Laundry." It's all about folks who tend to keep lots of clutter piled up and lying around in big, sloppy messes in their houses or apartments. Then our team of heroes arrives, sorting... Read More

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Horse Care in the Fall

September 28, 2004

Fall deworming is important; winter is usually when internal parasites do the most damage and rob the horse of vital nutrients. By fall the worm eggs and larvae eaten during spring and summer have matured and are living in the digestive tract unless ... Read More

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Pasture Management Recommendations

August 19, 2004

Carbohydrate research done on forages, although not specific to carbohydrate type, has provided information on pasture management that owners can use to manage their horses' intake of carbohydrates. This is particularly of interest to owners wit... Read More

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New Method of Counting Carbs

August 19, 2004

A new carbohydrate analysis method developed for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) might be able to help researchers answer some specific questions about equine forages. Until now, it has been difficult for forage... Read More

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Drugs for the Deworming War

August 01, 2004

How do you choose a dewormer when you're presented with a bewildering array of product types? ... Read More

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Parasite Primer Part 7: Parasites in the Environment

July 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part seven of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Back in January, in our first installment of this series, we described what makes a parasite different from other kinds of infectiou... Read More

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Mud Management

June 01, 2004

Flanders and Swann, a singing comedy team from the United Kingdom, once penned a song that went like this:

"Mud, mud, glorious mud,
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
So follow me, follow,
Down to the hollow,
And... Read More

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Are Grass Clippings Toxic to Horses?

May 01, 2004

Q: A friend swears that I put my horses at serious risk of "grass tetanus" by mowing my pasture with a rotary finish mower. He says that all of the short pieces produced by small, high-speed equipment expose so much of the grass... Read More

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The Grass is Not Always Greener

March 01, 2004

The word "horse" conjures up images of graceful, powerful animals roaming across miles of rolling hills, periodically stopping to graze on lush, green grass. In reality, such scenes are rare; these days, many horses live without... Read More

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Kentucky Pasture Monitoring Programs

January 22, 2004

Comparing pasture samples from 2002 and 2003 didn't associate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) with anything other than the Eastern tent caterpillar. However, Wayne Long, MS, of the University of Kentucky's (UK) Department of Agronomy,... Read More

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The Grass Can Be Greener

October 01, 2003

Now is the time to make improvements to your pastures in order to have the best and most nutritious grazing for your horses next spring. A well-maintained pasture also offers a practical and economic break for you, as well. Through pasturing,... Read More

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Purchase, Design, and Management of the Farm

August 20, 2003

So you want to have your own horse farm. Should you build or buy? Hire a real estate agent or go out looking on your own? What about once you've acquired a facility--how do you manage the soil, fencing, employees, security, and manure? Four... Read More

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Interview from a MRLS Test Farm

May 08, 2003

Some horse and agriculture farms were asked to be test farms during and after the mare reproductive loss (MRLS) crisis in 2001. One of those farms is Glennwood Farm in Versailles, Ky., owned by John D.... Read More

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Pasture Management and MRLS

April 07, 2003

In the spring of 2001, hundreds of mares in Central Kentucky lost their pregnancies in peculiar abortions attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Since then, horse farm managers have gone back to square one in reviewing their... Read More

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Fescue Allergy?

March 01, 2003

I have a 6-year-old Arabian gelding who used to spend up to about 12 hours a day on our fescue pasture. As a 4-year-old, he developed lesions on his three white legs on the cannon bone area that were crusty, raw underneath, very sore, and... Read More