Pasture and Forages

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Multi-Species Grazing: Horses and Cows and Goats, Oh My!

September 01, 2010

A handful of horses graze in a pasture one week; a herd of goats mow down its bushes and weeds the next. This multi-species rotational grazing system has its advantages, but whether they outweigh the disadvantages will depend on your situation... Read More

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The Disease of Obesity in Horses

September 01, 2010

Obesity can cause reproduction problems, bone and joint stress, insulin resistance, laminitis, and more.... Read More

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Overseeding Horse Pastures in Central Kentucky

August 20, 2010

Overseeding horse pastures is a pasture management practice that helps ensure good ground cover, quality grazing, and an aesthetically pleasing pasture in the coming year without major pasture renovations. Overseeding consists of pla... Read More

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Study: MADD Likely Caused by Fungus on Maple Leaves

August 17, 2010

After investigating the deaths of 14 horses that had grazed on pastures near maple leaves, a Dutch research team suggested the fungus responsible for European tar spot that covers the maple leaves causes the deadly disease "MADD."... Read More

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Weed Management: Thistles

August 02, 2010

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Laminitis Lowdown

August 01, 2010

The laminitis mystery is far from solved, but researchers continue to discover new clues about its causes, treatment, and prevention. Laminitis, an often devastating hoof disease that can strike horses of any breed without warning, is a major issue... Read More

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Benefits of Multi-Species Grazing Can be Maximized

July 05, 2010

Multi-species grazing has several benefits that favor both fields and animals, according to Jodie Pennington, PhD, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension in Missouri. Multi-species grazing is the practice of using t... Read More

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Pasture Weeds: Most Toxic to Horses

July 05, 2010

Learn more about some of the toxic plants that could be found in your horse's pasture. ... Read More

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Stymied by Long-Stem Versus Short-Stem Forages?

July 01, 2010

Nutritionists normally recommend horses consume some "long-stem" forage each day. Long-stem forage is best defined as hay or pasture. This recommendation respects the natural desire of horses to graze, as horses are hardwired to spend... Read More

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Analyzing Feed and Forage for Horses

July 01, 2010

Awareness of what your horse is eating can help you determine if his dietary needs are being met and, if not, what can be added to meet those needs. With respect to the nutritional needs of a horse, it is important to know the meaning... Read More

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Mediterranean Tall Fescue/Endophyte Combination Might Be Fatal to Horses

June 30, 2010

A new, potentially fatal syndrome in horses called equine fescue edema has been reported by Australian scientists in the Australian Veterinary Journal. The researchers noted that all affected horses in the study were grazing pastures sown with...... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Goosegrass

June 24, 2010

Goosegrass is a warm-season grass that germinates and emerges in spring and grows throughout the summer until the first killing frost. Goosegrass usually produces a prostrate rosette-like growth that is formed from flattened stems almost parall... Read More

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Studies Track Horses' Movement Patterns

June 15, 2010

Where the wild horses roam free, daily hoof tracks can be followed for miles. Now thanks to new, lightweight GPS technology, Australian researchers are no longer following tracks but recording satellite signals from various wild horse herds as well ... Read More

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Forages: The Foundation of Equine Gastrointestinal Health

June 05, 2010

Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, with specialized digestive tracts adapted to digest and utilize diets containing high levels of plant fiber. They are capable of processing large quantities of forage to meet their nutrient... Read More

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Summer Pastures: Easy Steps to Proper Fertilization

May 10, 2010

Hay producers who pay close attention to soil fertility fundamentals are better prepared to meet desired forage production and nutritive value with their fields. This management tool is especially important with introduced forages. ... Read More

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Spring Green: Sprucing Up Your Pastures

May 06, 2010

Picture the perfect horse farm in your mind, and you probably envision contented horses grazing velvety green fields that roll away in every direction. When you visit an actual horse pasture, however, reality often includes manure piles surroun... Read More

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Horses' Grass Choices Depend on Nutritional Value

May 04, 2010

Give your horse two choices: tall grass or low grass. Which one will he choose?

That answer depends a lot on the quality and nutritional composition of the grass, according to a new study by French researchers.

Although ho... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Canada Thistle

April 22, 2010

Canada thistle is distributed across the northern United States and Canada. It's listed as noxious in many states and classified as a prohibited noxious weed seed in many state seed laws. ... Read More

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Equine Spring Transition Tips

April 01, 2010

Dr. Kristina Hiney, PhD, Omega Fields Equine Nutrition Advisor, has prepared a series of seasonal tips to help horse owners transitioning their horses from one season to another.... Read More

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Pasture Sugars

April 01, 2010

Grass is grass, right? Wrong! That lovely green pasture you've diligently watered and kept weed-free can be like Jekyll and Hyde. If your horse is at risk for grass founder or has a low tolerance for high levels of sugar... Read More

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Laminitis y los Pastos de Primavera (TheHorse.com en Español)

March 11, 2010

Spanish translation of an article on controlling access to spring pasture grasses to prevent laminitis.... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Revisión a Enfermedad Equina de los Pastos

March 09, 2010

Spanish translation of an article reviewing equine grass sickness (enfermedad equina de los pastos).... Read More

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Year-Round Pasture Management

March 01, 2010

Proper pasture management prevents erosion and nutrient loss from the soil, which also helps improve stream and water quality. In addition, pastures can provide an excellent "free-choice" exercise plan for horses. But the most important role pasture... Read More

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Managing Pastures to Avoid Tall Fescue Toxicity

February 25, 2010

Broodmare farm operators in the southeastern United States are interested in managing tall fescue toxicity because of the pregnancy complications it can cause.

The University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, has evaluate... Read More

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USDA Seeks Comments on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

February 17, 2010

The comment period for a draft environmental impact statement evaluating the potential environmental effects of deregulating alfalfa genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, known commercially as Roundup, has been ext... Read More