Pasture and Forages
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
April 17, 2008
Optimal use of horse pastures has always been important. As news of the high price and limited supply of hay continues to worry horse owners, the health of horse pastures becomes ever more critical.
Consulting with forage experts might be... Read More
March 31, 2008
Equine veterinarians have known for years that some horses can handle the spring grass, while others will become ill and develop laminitis, a painful disease process in which the hoof wall separates from its attachments in the foot.... Read More
March 11, 2008
When grasses start greening up in the spring, you might be tempted to turn your horse loose in the pasture to chow down on the new grass.
But be aware that any sudden change in your horse's diet could cause health problems, said Steve Jones... Read More
January 11, 2008
Whether it is the result of weather conditions making forage scarce or prohibitively expensive, or if there's some other reason, there could come a time when horse owners need to consider alternative sources of forage. Equine nutritionists say that... Read More
November 02, 2007
An Ethiopian summer annual grass called teff could be a valuable asset to growers, according to a crop specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Marvin Hall, MS, PhD, professor of forage management, said he is optimistic tha... Read More
October 21, 2007
After a long, dry summer that left pastures scant and dusty and hay production plunging, drought conditions across the United States show no signs of letting up. And neither do the challenges facing horses and their owners.
According t... Read More
October 16, 2007
Authored and narrated by Kathryn Watts, BS, a Power Point lecture on CD entitled "Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition" is now available for horse owners interested in equine health and hoof care. The science behind mineral nutrition in grass and ha... Read More
September 23, 2007
As if hay scarcity and high prices aren’t enough, experts are warning horse owners that imported hay could also hide horse health dangers including seriously low amounts of essential vitamins such as A and E, excessive amounts of selenium, and... Read More
September 12, 2007
From the three years of pastureland study done by the UK forage extension team, some common trends have emerged. One trend should trouble area farms because it directly limits the number of horses that can be supported on area pastures. Currently,... Read More
September 06, 2007
When the time came for Jamie Clifton to stockpile horse feed for the winter at Volunteer Equine Advocates, she found grain prices up and hay expensive and in tight supply. Now, she said, she's wondering how high horse feed commodity prices can... Read More
September 02, 2007
Most forage crops perform best when soils have adequate, but not excessive, soil moisture. Standing water, flowing water and waterlogged soils following heavy summer rainstorms or extended periods of higher-than-normal rainfall patterns all can... Read More
August 02, 2007
Oats, traditionally grown in the spring as a grain crop, can also be planted in the summer as a late season forage, providing a feed alternative for horse owners and livestock producers short on hay or pasture.
Based on five years of Ohio... Read More
July 31, 2007
Horses eating a diet consisting mostly of pellets or grain could require more dental maintenance than horses eating predominantly hay or pasture grasses, according to researchers at Michigan State University who used motion capture techniques to... Read More
July 20, 2007
More than half of 300 horses involved in a study at at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech were found to be overweight or obese. The researchers... Read More
July 06, 2007
The National Sporting Library, a center for research on horse and field sports, is pleased to announce that it has established a fellowship in the name of the late John H. Daniels (1921-2006), the Library's long-time... Read More
June 11, 2007
While much of the Midwest has recovered from the drought that parched the area last year, horses are continuing to experience effects from the hot, dry summer of 2006. Due to a bad hay crop, University of Missouri-Columbia veterinarians are... Read More
June 02, 2007
Drought conditions, exacerbated by the long-term effects of last year's dry season on hay production, are making life tough for horse owners in several areas of the country. According to a May 29 report from the
May 01, 2007
What's the best diet for a laminitic horse? It depends. When considering diets for laminitic horses, equine...... Read More
April 15, 2007
Nutritionists are doing away with "nonstructural carbohydrates" in favor of more specific measures.
If you own a horse with laminitis or a metabolic problem such as insulin resistance or Cushing's disease, chances are you've... Read More
April 01, 2007
Comparing equine digestive function with small animal function leads to misconceptions and mismanagement.... Read More
February 08, 2007
Adverse summer grass growing or harvesting conditions or excessively long, cold winter weather can make it difficult to find or afford horse hay. These problems might tempt horse owners to feed their horses an all-concentrate diet. However, hors... Read More
December 02, 2006
In Minnesota, cases of pasture myopathy (muslce disease caused by pasture) associated with severe non-exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis (also know as tying-up) are often attributed to the toxins found in white snakeroot. However, researchers at th... Read More
September 24, 2006
Researchers with the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth, Wales, suggested some possible preventative measures for pasture-associated laminitis in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.... Read More
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