Pasture and Forages

Veterinarians and nutritionists agree: High-quality forage is the foundation of a healthy equine diet. Available options vary by region and season, and are usually available as hay or pasture. Take a look at some popular forages for horses in our slideshow.

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Forages for Feeding Horses

March 30, 2017

Available forages for horses vary by region and season. Here's a look at some of the most common. ... Read More

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Choosing Hay for a Yearling Horse

March 27, 2017

Our nutrition expert considers grain hays, grass hay, and alfalfa for feeding growing horses.... Read More

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Supplementation Strategies for Performance Horses

March 27, 2017

Performance horses need customized diets to meet their energy requirements, as hay alone likely won't suffice.... Read More

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Tips for Producing High-Quality Alfalfa Hay for Horses

March 27, 2017

When harvested correctly, alfalfa is a high-quality source of protein and calcium for horses.... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Victoria Taylor

March 26, 2017

Taylor is studying how Kentucky 31 tall fescue and a novel endophyte tall fescue affect nonpregnant and pregnant mares.... Read More

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UK to Host Second Equine Nutrition Short Course

March 25, 2017

Presentation topics include feeding through a horse's life cycle, evaluating body condition, nutrition myths, and more.... Read More

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4 Misconceptions About Alfalfa

March 21, 2017

Does alfalfa cause kidney or respiratory problems or make horses hyper? Specialists shed light on these myths and more.... Read More

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Spring Calories Count for Horses

March 13, 2017

Your horse came out of winter in good body condition. Find out how can you keep that trend going as the grass greens.... Read More

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Trace Mineral Basics: Molybdenum

March 10, 2017

Molybdenum isn't usually a topic of conversation, but this mineral is an important part of your horse's diet.... Read More

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Trace Mineral Basics: Manganese

March 09, 2017

In some areas, water sources can contain substantial amounts of Mn, which can affect dietary needs.... Read More

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Cost-Effective Feeding for Horses

March 08, 2017

Find out how to design an affordable feeding program without compromising your horse's health.... Read More

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Equine Fescue Toxicosis

March 07, 2017

An unseen threat to your mare and her unborn foal might be lurking in your pasture. Learn more about fescue toxicosis.... Read More

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Trace Mineral Basics: Iron

March 06, 2017

Iron plays a key role in oxygen transport and immune function in the horse. ... Read More

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Fertilizing Cool-Season Horse Pastures

February 25, 2017

Good pasture management begins with maintaining soil fertility to promote the growth of desirable grasses.... Read More

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Henning Leaving Post as Head of UK Cooperative Extension

February 20, 2017

Dr. Jimmy Henning will return to the UK faculty as an extension forage specialist. ... Read More

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Time-Saving Feeding Tips for Horse Owners

February 17, 2017

Here are a few ways to make feeding time more efficient without sacrificing your horse's dietary balance.... Read More

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Are You Ready for Spring?

February 15, 2017

Join The Horse's Countdown to Spring Challenge and get your horses and farms ready for warmer weather!... Read More

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Horses Eating Thistle

February 15, 2017

An owner worries about her horse eating thistle. An equine nutritionist responds about the risks.... Read More

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Nutrition Loss in Stored Hay

February 13, 2017

Is your hay more than six months old? Then it might be losing vitamin A and E. ... Read More

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Warm Winter Could Affect Tall Fescue Toxicosis in Broodmares

February 11, 2017

Mild weather could be behind higher-than-average ergovaline concentrations in tall fescue in Central Kentucky pastures.... Read More

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Baled Alfalfa or Alfalfa Pellets: Which is Better?

February 08, 2017

You're faced with the choice of offering your horse alfalfa pellets or hay. Which should you choose?... Read More

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How to Feed Horses With Gastric Ulcers

February 03, 2017

Tips include ensuring constant forage access, providing pasture turn-out, and limiting concentrate intake, among others.... Read More

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Show Your Horse You Care on Valentine's Day

February 02, 2017

Give your equine valentine something he or she will truly appreciate.... Read More

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Feeding Horses With Muscle Issues

January 31, 2017

Horses with exertional myopathies can benefit from dietary modifications as well as consistent targeted exercise.... Read More

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Why Does My Horse Chew Wood?

January 30, 2017

Our equine nutrition expert offers advice to keep horses from chewing on barn wood and fenceposts.... Read More