Pasture & Forage Management

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Toxic Mushroom Risk for Horses in Kentucky Pastures Due to Wet Weather

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

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Pasture Weeds Covered in University of Minnesota Publication

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, 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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Going Green: Environmental Stewardship for Horse Owners

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

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Bermudagrass for Horse Pastures

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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Greener Pastures

July 01, 2009

Maintain good ground cover to keep your horses grazing and the soil and nutrients in your pastures.

A good pasture is not just a grassy field surrounded by a fence. It's a place of beauty, a weed-free meadow where horses... Read More

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Using Soil-Cement on Horse and Livestock Farms

June 28, 2009

Most farmers can identify with myriad problems associated with mud forming around high-traffic areas, including areas around horse and cattle waterers, feed bunks, round bale feeders, walk paths, and gate entrances. Mud is usually a result of... Read More

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Tall Fescue Control in Horse Pastures

June 22, 2009

Managers on Kentucky horse farms prefer pastures used for grazing pregnant mares to be composed of Kentucky bluegrass and orchardgrass and little, if any, tall fescue. Most of the tall fescue in Kentucky pastures is "KY 31," and essentially all... Read More

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Pastured Horses More Fit, Study Finds

June 09, 2009

Horses are better able to maintain fitness when turned out on large pasture, according to Patty Graham-Thiers, PhD, of Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va. She presented results of her recent study at the 2009 Equine Science Society... Read More

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Maryland Offers Horse Owner Pasture Walks

June 06, 2009

The Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Equine Studies Program at the University of Maryland have partnered together to offer a Horse Pasture Walk on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The event will be held from 6-9:00 p.m. at the Equine Rotationa... Read More

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Michigan Extension Offers New Toxic Plant Bulletins

April 15, 2009

Horse owners do what they can to make sure their charges get healthy feed. But how do they know that the plants growing in their pastures are safe for equine consumption, and how do they grow good forage? Find out which plants can threaten horse... Read More

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Causes of Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

April 01, 2009

Progression of obesity and insulin resistance exacerbates laminitis risk. As a horse gets fatter, insulin sensitivity decreases. Insulin resistance worsens with chronic obesity, making a horse more susceptible to laminitis and less tolerant ... Read More

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Consider Seeding Pastures This Spring

March 04, 2009

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

The frost seeding method involves spreading... Read More

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Horses and Tight Budgets

March 01, 2009

Here are a few ways to spend less on horsekeeping.... Read More

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Kentucky Program Improves Pasture, Reduces Hay Use

February 26, 2009

Every day grazing is money saved, according to Ray Smith, University of Kentucky (UK) forage extension specialist.

Optimal use of horse pastures has always been an important component of horse farm management, but with horse owners worried... Read More

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Maryland Equine Rotational Grazing Demo Site to Open

February 25, 2009

The University of Maryland's 5.5 acre equine rotational grazing demonstration site is set to open its gates in April 2009 to a small herd of grazing horses and hundreds of horse farm operators interested in learning about pasture management... Read More

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Environmentally Friendly on the Farm

February 12, 2009

Becoming environmentally friendly in your barn practices is as easy as managing manure, pastures & resources.... Read More

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Fields and Fences

February 12, 2009

There's a whole lot more to grazing management than simply turning your horses out when the pastures green up.... Read More

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Environmentally Friendly on the Farm

February 01, 2009

Choosing to become more environmentally sensitive on the farm is a responsible option for all of us and can be addressed in varying degrees. You don't need to scrap your tractor, invest in expensive wind-powered generators, build a new solar-roofed... Read More

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Fields and Fences

February 01, 2009

Make the most of your pastures by maintaining fences and fertilizing.

There's a whole lot more to grazing management than simply turning your horses out when the pastures green up. Regular fence maintenance, careful... Read More

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North Carolina Horse Toxicity Investigation Continues

November 17, 2008

Veterinarians are still searching for what caused the deaths of four horses in Fairview, N.C., earlier this month.

An analysis of the animals' feed failed to reveal the presenc... Read More

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Would if They Could: Readers Respond to Poll on Pasture Rotation

November 07, 2008

More than 1,350 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you let fields/pastures rest during the year?"... Read More

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Good Grazing Starts with the Soil

November 04, 2008

Good pastures start at the root--and those roots need soil. The first step to managing pasture soils is using a soil survey to identify what you have. While you can't change the inherent properties of your soils, with understanding you can manag... Read More

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Poisonous Plant Risk Increases as Pasture Grass Goes Dormant

October 10, 2008

As autumn rolls around, pastures become depleted as grass and plant growth slows prior to going dormant for winter. So, it's not surprising that this time of year can also bring an increase in reports of horses becoming ill from... Read More

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Horse Facility Acreage: Reader Poll Results

September 05, 2008

More than 2,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How many acres are there where your horse lives?"... Read More