Pasture and Forages
January 06, 2009
A 12-month rundown of some of the year’s most important feeding concerns. ... Read More
January 05, 2009
A mystery toxin killed a fifth horse in western North Carolina in November. Veterinarians now suspect this case might be due to the same substance that caused the death of four other horses earlier that month.
The fifth horse was... Read More
January 01, 2009
Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More
December 22, 2008
In California, teff is being called the "perfect grass for foundered horses." But is teff hay always safe for horses that are intolerant of high-sugar forage? Teff grass (Eragrostis teff) is a new type of grass being introduced around the... Read More
December 01, 2008
When evaluating a feeding program it is vital to know how to calculate cost per head per day.... Read More
November 14, 2008
Plain shredded beet pulp, a source of digestible fiber for many horses, has been hard to come by this year for a number of East Coast horse owners. Some have wondered when supplies will replenish. While a temporary supply will be available soon,... Read More
November 08, 2008
Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... Read More
October 27, 2008
Horses have varying protein requirements, depending on stage of life or performance level. Protein, the essential building block for new cellular growth, provides the amino acids necessary for maintaining all normal body functions in a... Read More
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
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
September 04, 2008
Horse owners and hands-on care providers can now learn more about equine tapeworms and how to prevent the problems they cause in horses in a free special report available on TheHorse.com and sponsored by
August 26, 2008
A three-year study by nutritionist Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and her collaborators involved feeding draft cross weanlings and yearlings total mixed rations (TMRs) that contained processed forages, ... Read More
August 25, 2008
Due to last year's drought and recent dry conditions in parts of Minnesota, the state's Extension service is again warning horse owners that hoary alyssum could become a problem for their animals. Hoary alyssum is a perennial weed... Read More
August 17, 2008
A lack of plain beet pulp in several East Coast feed stores is fueling some speculation that a shortage could be in the works.
Beet pulp is a byproduct from the process of extracting simple sugars from sugar beets for the manufacture of... Read More
August 15, 2008
Experts at the 2007 AAEP Convention discussed multiple topics related to equine digestive health.... Read More
August 01, 2008
The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Maryland Horse Industry Board today released the Mid-Atlantic Animal Import Center Feasibility Study, which identified the Midfield Cargo Complex of the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington Internationa... Read More
August 01, 2008
It seems like we've spent a lot of time talking about hay in the past year, but for owners of an animal that should consume 1-2% of its body weight each day in forage (grass, hay, or as part of a "complete" diet), this is becoming a critical and... Read More
July 20, 2008
Research groups reported their findings of the impact of seasonal variations for pituitary glad dysfunction.... Read More
July 17, 2008
With cases reported already this year, horse owners are being cautioned about a toxic plant that flourishes during drought and in overgrazed conditions.
July 03, 2008
Knowing the nutrient composition of hay is vital to assuring horse's needs are being met. ... Read More
June 19, 2008
Almost 1,300 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Are you having problems getting hay?"
June 07, 2008
Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More
May 13, 2008
Drought conditions in parts of western North Dakota have some livestock producers in need of additional forage. Farmers and ranchers who have forage for sale can list it on a North Dakota State University (NDSU) database designed to help feed... Read More
May 01, 2008
Horses evolved to eat a lot of fiber, spending up to 17 hours a day grazing various forage plants. But not all fiber is created equal, especially when it comes to hay.
Hay carries a few challenges compared to living forages. One, compared t... Read More
April 22, 2008
The USDA has released several crop reports that indicate the number of hay acres will be down in 2008.
The department also reported that the existing hay supply is lower than previous years. This information, combined with higher input cost... Read More
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