Pasture and Forages

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Do Horses Need Hay Around the Clock?

November 20, 2017

A horse owner asks if she's feeding her horse enough hay often enough. Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes responds.... Read More

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Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

November 19, 2017

Need to stretch your hay supply? Consider adding hay cubes, complete feeds, or forage byproducts.... Read More

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How Does Forage Keep Horses Warm?

November 17, 2017

Dr. Clair Thunes explains how eating hay and the digestion process helps keep horses warm.... Read More

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Pasture Management 101: High-Traffic Areas and Overgrowth

November 13, 2017

Appropriately managing high-traffic areas and pasture overgrowth can help improve your horse's habitat and health.... Read More

Horses require more calories to stay warm during cold weather, and digestion aids in thermoregulation. Ample access to forage, such as free-fed hay, helps horses keep warm during chilly winter days.

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Feeding Your Horse During the Winter

November 09, 2017

How can you make sure your horse is getting the nutrition he needs during the cold months? Ask our equine nutritionist!... Read More

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Food Enrichment Activities for Donkeys

November 05, 2017

Is your donkey bored? Here are suggestions for adding entertaining food to your donkey's environment.... Read More

Article

Horse Pasture Management Workshop Taking Place in Louisville

October 28, 2017

The equine-focused workshop will be held at the American Forage and Grassland Council conference on Jan. 15, 2018.... Read More

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Evaluating Fall Horse Pastures: Green is Good, Brown is Bad

October 28, 2017

If your cool-season grass pastures are green during the fall, chances are they're healthy and productive.... Read More

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Pasture Management 101: Drought, Excess Rain, and Erosion

October 16, 2017

Protect pastures by using rotational grazing and managing manure.... Read More

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Fall Colic Prevention for Horses

October 16, 2017

Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes shares advice on how to reduce your horse's risk of colicking this fall. ... Read More

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Pasture Management 101: Starting a New Pasture from Scratch

October 09, 2017

Factors to consider include facility design, rotational grazing, recommended seeding practices, and toxic weeds.... Read More

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Switching Horse Feeds Safely

October 08, 2017

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset.... Read More

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Pasture Management 101: Renovating Horse Fields

September 25, 2017

If your pastures are lacking in quality grasses, review these steps for renovating and improving grazing areas.... Read More

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Selecting Horse Hay: Separating Fact From Fiction

September 24, 2017

Can you feed hay that's been rained on? Is second-cutting always best? Here we debunk common myths about choosing hay.... Read More

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Pasture Management 101: Grass Species

September 18, 2017

In Part 1 of our series, learn which grasses commonly populate healthy horse pastures.... Read More

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Could Horses Aid in Invasive Plant Control?

September 16, 2017

Researchers say horses could help control some invasive species while maintaining good body weight.... Read More

Blog

Fall in Place: Create a Winter Paddock

September 15, 2017

Alayne shares tips for improving the health and productivity of your horse pastures by creating a winter paddock.... Read More

Article

Equine Nutrition Counseling Services Have Positive Impact

September 15, 2017

Owners of horses with medical problems reported "good" results following nutritional consultation in 92% cases.... Read More

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Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

September 11, 2017

As autumn approaches, consider whether you need to make changes to your horse's diet in preparation for winter.... Read More

Article

Shopping for Horse Farm Property

September 10, 2017

Consider these pointers for selecting horse-friendly land, facilities, and communities. ... Read More

Article

Could Overweight Equids Benefit From Teff Hay?

September 01, 2017

Horses voluntarily reduced their hay intake (and, thus, calorie consumption) when offered teff compared to ryegrass.... Read More

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What Does My Weanling Need to Eat?

August 28, 2017

Our nutritionist offers advice on feeding foals both before and after they're weaned from their dams.... Read More

Anna Intartaglio, left, and Kelly Hagan conduct a pasture evaluation on a Central Kentucky horse farm.

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UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program Benefits Students, Farms

August 27, 2017

Learn how staff works managers to help keep horses healthy and increase farms' efficiency and productivity.... Read More

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Winterizing Pastures Starts in Fall

August 25, 2017

A fall nitrogen application is a simple and relatively inexpensive step that can positively impact your pastures.... Read More

Alfalfa is a protein- and calcium-rich legume that can be processed into pellets and/or included in complete feeds and concentrates.

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Alfalfa Chaff vs. Pellets: Can Form Affect Gastric Ulcers?

August 24, 2017

Alfalfa products with smaller particle sizes appear to be more effective in helping limit gastric lesion formation.... Read More