Pasture and Forages


Feeding Behavior: What's Natural for Your Horse?

June 11, 2011

How do you design a feeding program that mimics how horses' feeding habits have evolved? ... Read More


Blister Beetles: Deadly in Horse Hay

June 02, 2011

Owners should be aware of a potentially fatal tagalong in healthy-looking alfalfa hay: blister beetles.... Read More


Toxin Topic: Landscaping Plants to Avoid

May 28, 2011

Owners often base plant choices in aesthetics, but toxicity should be considered when planting near horses.... Read More


Nitrogen Losses in Soil During Wet Weather

May 26, 2011

Wet weather has caused many farm managers to worry about nitrogen losses in their fields, especially in fields... Read More


Green Farm Makeover

May 01, 2011

Can we as horse owners make a few changes to our horse keeping habits to help lessen our draw on the ecosystem? We can make everyday changes such as recycling and conserving water, but what else can we do to reduce our impact on the environment?... Read More


Gastric Ulcers and Weanlings: Effects of Diet Type

April 16, 2011

Gastric ulcers can affect horses of all breeds, ages, shapes, and sizes, including weanlings.... Read More


Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Poisonous Plants Now Available

April 05, 2011's free Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A chat on Poisonous Plants was held March 30, and the audio recording is now available. Just about every pasture or horse property on the planet has undesirable plants or weeds on it. What weeds, trees, and ... Read More


Search for the Cause of Equine Atypical Myopathy

April 04, 2011

Equine atypical myopathy (EAM), a seasonal, pasture-associated muscle disorder of unknown etiology (cause), presents a particular challenge to veterinarians. The disease is characterized by a generalized complete degeneration of muscle fibers, which ... Read More


Poisonous Plants

March 30, 2011

What weeds, trees, and shrubs are poisonous to your horses?... Read More


Invasive Plant Species' Abundance Similar at Native and Introduced Sites

March 25, 2011

Many land managers know firsthand the damage invasive plant species can do to natural resources, but no one knows exactly why these species are able to outcompete native plants. Invasive species are common throughout the world. A long-held theory ... Read More


Carbohydrates 101 for Horses

March 01, 2011

Carbohydrates are important energy sources for horses, and they are required for digestive health.... Read More


University of Kentucky Pasture Evaluation Program Enjoys Continued Success

February 23, 2011

The University of Kentucky initiated its Pasture Evaluation Program in 2005, which has since grown along with its number of participants. Sponsored by the UK Equine Initiative, the program began in response to the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome ... Read More


Morris Animal Foundation Funds Equine Arteritis Virus Study

February 22, 2011

The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) announced Feb. 2 that it would fund $10,800 for researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center to conduct a genome-wide association study of horses for susceptibility to equine arteritis ... Read More


Understanding Carbohydrates in Equine Diets

February 04, 2011

When it comes to managing the carbohydrates in a horse's diet, knowing the basics of how horses digest food is half the battle. Laurie Lawrence, PhD, an equine nutritionist from the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science who ... Read More


Equine Ulcers ... For Life?

February 01, 2011

Some horses are more predisposed to getting gastric ulcers, due to management, performance, or temperament... Read More


Identifying and Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

January 31, 2011

Diagnosing EMS and taking steps to manage it can allow your horse to live a healthy and productive life. ... Read More


Second Annual Breeders' Short Course Recap

January 27, 2011

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture partnered with the University of Minnesota (U of M) to present the 2nd Annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course held Jan. 21 and 22 in Lexington. The first day of the course was designed for ... Read More


Managing Pasture-Associated Laminitis

January 11, 2011

Laminitis is not a modern condition--it has been recognized for well over 2,000 years. The Greek philosopher Aristotle even referred to it around 350 B.C. as 'Barley Disease,' presumably because it was associated even then with excessive grain ... Read More


Feeding to Achieve a Moderate Body Condition

January 10, 2011

Every horseperson has seen the telltale signs of a thin horse: the disproportionately skinny neck, the protruding spine, the row of ribs, and the jutting hipbones. Thanks in part to advances made in feeding management, veterinary care, parasite... Read More


Forage Buffering Capacity Relevant in Gastric Ulcer Prevention

January 09, 2011

The capacity of feeds and forages to counteract changes in gastric pH (their buffering capacity) plays an important role in the prevention of gastric ulcers in horses. Alfalfa hay has been shown to be more effective in reducing the severity of ulcers... Read More


Fescue: A Danger to Pregnant Mares

January 02, 2011

In many parts of the world horse pastures contain a fair percentage of fescue, a hardy perennial grass that thrives despite heavy hoof traffic, intense grazing, and adverse growing conditions. Unfortunately, there's a drawback: 75% of all fescue is ... Read More


The Hardy Horse

January 01, 2011

Our horses have several unique ways to stay comfortable in severe weather.... Read More


Hay Cubes as Alternative Forage Source

December 31, 2010

According to Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist Kathleen Crandell, PhD, hay cubes are an option to consider as an alternative forage source for horses. "The most popular types of forage cubes are made from coarsely chopped alfalfa hay, timothy hay... Read More


Ask the Vet LIVE: Feeding Foals and Young Horses Recording Now Available

December 27, 2010's Ask the Vet LIVE on Feeding Foals and Young Horses, held on Dec. 15, is now available for listening on demand. Questions about developmental orthopedic disease in horses, grains, forages, supplements, breed differences, and more... Read More


Dirt an Important Source of Iron for Horses

December 18, 2010

Horses constantly ingest dirt when they graze. While excessive dirt consumption sometimes causes problems such as sand accumulation in the large intestine, the dirt that horses normally consume while grazing supplies some essential nutrients... Read More