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Watch for Snow Accumulation on Barn, Arena Roofs

Horse owners should monitor the snow load situation on their barns and take appropriate action. Read More en Español: Azùcares en Pastura y los Riesgos para Laminitis

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. Read More

University of Minnesota Extension Offers Regional Horse Owner Programs

The University of Minnesota Extension Horse Team is offering two regional horse owner education programs in early 2010. Each program offers research-based information presented by knowledgeable speakers. The programs are held on Saturdays and b Read More

Watch for Poisonous Weeds in Hay

Most weeds are not palatable and will be avoided by pastured livestock if adequate forage is available Read More

Horse Owner Education Sessions Offered by Minnesota Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension Horse Team is offering three regional horse owner education programs this fall. Each program offers researched-based information and knowledgeable speakers. The cost to attend each program is $20 per person. Read More

Pasture Weeds Covered in University of Minnesota Publication

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

Laminitis Risk Increased by Pasture Grass Sugars

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

Minnesota Gelding Project Offers Free Castration

In an effort to reduce the number of unwanted horses in Minnesota, several equine organization are banding together to offer free equine castration for horses and owners that meet program criteria.

Organizers of the project include the Read More

Minnesota Humane Group Reports Increased Equine Cases

The Animal Humane Society of St. Paul, Minn., has seen a significant increase in equine-related cases over the past two years. According to the Minnesota Pet and Companion Animal Welfare Act, equines are defined as horses, ponies, mules, and Read More

University of Minnesota Offers Webinars for Horse Owners

The University of Minnesota Horse Team will begin offering quarterly "Lunch and Learn" Webinars (Web-based seminars) on a variety of horse-related topics. The Webinars will be held on the third Wednesday of January, April, July, and October from Read More

University of Minnesota Offers Horse Owner Education Programs

The University of Minnesota Horse Team is offering three regional horse owner education programs throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin in 2009. Each program offers research-based information and knowledgeable speakers identified specificall Read More

Good Grazing Starts with the Soil

Good pastures start at the root--and those roots need soil. The first step to managing pasture soils is using a soil survey to identify what you have. While you can't change the inherent properties of your soils, with understanding you can manag Read More

Minnesota Horse Owners Warned of Toxic Plant Issue

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

Prepare for a Reduced Hay Crop in 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

Keeping Horses Comfortable in Winter Temperatures

Horses prefer, and are better off, outdoors even in cold weather, and will acclimate to cold temperatures if given the opportunity, according to Marcia Hathaway, PhD, a professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota Read More