Pasture and Forages

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Grazing Oat Pastures (Q & A)

December 01, 2009

Can horses be turned out on an oat pasture if it is dried up and not green? The oats have already been harvested, and we turn cattle out to graze the leavings, but is it okay for horses?... 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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Weed of the Month: Common Ragweed

September 18, 2009

Common ragweed is distributed widely across the United States and occurs in pastures and cultivated crops. Infestations in pastures are usually more of a problem during periods of drought or when overgrazing occurs. Leaves usually alternate between t... 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

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Apply Nitrogen to Horse Pastures in the Fall

August 24, 2009

Fall nitrogen application has long been promoted within the turfgrass industry to improve stand density. Researchers conducted a field study on four well-managed horse farm pastures in the Central Bluegrass region of Kentucky from September 2006... Read More

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Exercising Horses: Effects of Eating Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue

August 14, 2009

Known to withstand drought and high traffic, tall fescue is common forage in the southeastern United States. However, these resistant properties are partly associated with an endophytic fungus that infects the tall fescue plant. While 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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Weed of the Month: Spiny Pigweed

August 09, 2009

Spiny pigweed/Spiny amaranth
Scientific name: Amaranthus spinosus L.
Life Cycle: Warm season annul
Origin: Tropical America
Poisonous: No

Spiny pigweed is distributed widely across the United States and grows most... 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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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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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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Laminitis Risk Increased by Pasture Grass Sugars

June 29, 2009

Pasture-induced laminitis (sometimes referred to as founder) can be triggered when susceptible horses ingest high amounts of sugar or fructans that are naturally found in some pasture grasses.

Susceptible horses include, but are not limited... Read More

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Grazing Horses in Moderately Polluted Areas

June 27, 2009

Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on... 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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Uneven Feet in Sport Horses Related to Other Conformation Traits

May 29, 2009

Researchers examined the effects of uneven feet on equine performance and linked this to other faults. ... Read More