Pasture and Forages

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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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Dogs and Horses: Predators and Prey

March 01, 2004

There they are: Your two best friends. Fred has been your buddy since you were a teenager, sharing your victories and disappointments, always steadfast and reliable. Bonnie has only been part of your life for a couple of months, but you've hit i... 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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Round Pen Injuries

February 01, 2004

Has there has been an increase in hind limb lameness since the round pen has become more popular? I feel like I ruined my dream horse with round pen work starting when he was about six months old. He is nine now and mostly unridable due to a... Read More

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No Grass, No Horse

January 01, 2004

Research published in Nature shows that climate changes and the highly specialized digestive system of the wild horse Equus ferus might have contributed to its extinction in North America.... Read More

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Other Ways of Roughing It

December 01, 2003

For many years there has been a saying among horse owners concerning what to feed equines. It goes something likes this: "Dr. Green is an excellent veterinarian." What is meant by that statement is that green grass prevents a lot of equine healt... Read More

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Feeding Horses in Group Settings: Managing the Mob

October 01, 2003

When feeding horses at pasture or in large paddocks, it can often be a challenge to make sure each horse gets his share of the feed, while reducing waste and feed contamination. Management is the key to successfully feeding horses in a group setting,... 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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Forages for Stabled Horses

October 01, 2003

Busy training schedules and fears about injury often limit pasture access for performance horses. Prolonged stall confinement, however, can be detrimental to a horse's attitude. Boredom can lead to destructive behaviors, including weaving,... Read More

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The Mycotoxin Problem

June 25, 2003

There can be a number of reasons why a horse might have performance problems. A diagnosis can be frustrating, but one reason that might be overlooked is mycotoxicosis. It wasn’t until recently that the significance of mycotoxins was realized,... 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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Pasture Grass: The Healthy Choice

March 01, 2003

Few nutritionists will dispute that grass is the most natural feedstuff for horses. The horse's digestive tract is well designed for continuous or "trickle" delivery of pasture forage. As well, it seems intuitive that the opportunity for... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Recent Developments in Equine Nutrition

February 04, 2003

A lot has happened in the field of equine research in the last five years. Ginger Rich, PhD, of Rich Equine Nutritional Consulting in Eads, Tenn.; and Leslie Breuer, PhD, of LH Breuer and Associates, updated veterinarians and others who attended... Read More

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Last Year's Drought on This Year's Pasture?

October 11, 2002

Throughout Kentucky, the summer of 1999 will be remembered for hot days and a lack of rain. While the drought and its effects were readily noted this past summer and fall, horse owners need to consider what the drought may have done to their... Read More

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Groups Join Together to Help Fire Victims

June 27, 2002

Colorado and Arizona are experiencing the worst wildfires in their histories--thousands of people and horses have been evacuated from their farms. Farnam Companies responded last Friday to an urgent call for 800-900 bales of hay that were needed... Read More

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Copper Sulfate and Ergot

June 21, 2002

Making sure that copper requirements are met in the overall diet of horses is prudent. However, there is no real need to test soils for copper, and certainly no evidence that fertilizing with copper sulfate will minimize the occurrence of the ergot... Read More

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Fructan Possible Key to Laminitis

April 10, 2002

At sufficient doses, the fructan induces digestive upset and will cause an uncontrolled activation of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases; these enzymes are thought to be a factor in laminar degradation), triggering laminitis.... Read More

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Fescue Field Management

March 01, 2002

It is estimated that 35 million acres of United States pasture are planted with tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), and roughly 700,000 horses graze these fescue pastures. This plant is a cool-season plant, so it grows in cooler climates,... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

October 09, 2001

Mares grazing on tall fescue pastures infected with a toxin have increased gestation lengths, mare and foal deaths, agalactia (absent milk secretion after birth), retained placentas, premature separation of the placenta at birth, and... Read More

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Risk Management for MRLS in 2002 Detailed; Cause Still Unconfirmed

October 05, 2001

Researchers have not pinpointed the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), but on Tuesday night they gave Central Kentucky farm managers some proactive steps in hopes of preventing its effects next year. Dr. Scott Smith, the dean of th... Read More

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Happy New Year

September 12, 2001

Sometimes it's good to take a step back and look at the big picture. Maybe you will discover that the way you've put hay in the loft all these years can be done differently to save you time (and an aching back). Maybe you've decided that you wan... Read More

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Preserve Productive Pasture

July 01, 2001

Your horse's favorite activity could be time spent with "Dr. Green"--the horseman's name for turnout on pasture. Left on his own in a field, your horse nibbles for long periods of time. Grass forage is an important part of most horses' diets;... Read More

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Forage Alternatives

January 01, 2001

Man might not live by bread alone, but horses can live on forage just fine. As grazing, herbivorous animals, forage (grasses and plants that grow on pastureland) is what they're designed to eat. Other components of the equine diet--grains, fats,... Read More

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Horsekeeping On Small Acreage

October 01, 2000

When it comes to small horse pastures, pasturettes, or ranchettes, less equals more. More stress on pasture grasses, more likelihood of overgrazing, more pressure on fencing, more routine maintenance. But with proper management, pasturettes can... Read More