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Packing On The Pounds: The Skinny On Skinny Horses

Getting skinny horses to gain weight can be tough, but the only way to pack on the pounds is to maximize energy consumption. This is traditionally done through adding additional quality forage, adding grain or adding in a high-calorie supplement. Many horses can gain weight by being turned out on high-quality pasture for grazing for […]

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Safely Feeding Horses In Herds: It Can Be Done

While spending as much time as possible turned out is beneficial for horses, feeding them in groups can sometimes lead to problems as the more-dominant horses get most of the grain or hay, even when resources are plentiful. In the wild, stallions eat first, then mares, and finally young horses; in domesticated situations, dominance is […]

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Grass Clippings Not An Appropriate Snack For Horses

While it may be tempting to drop grass clippings from the yard into horse pastures thinking it may be a tasty snack, there could be dire consequences. As horses graze, they choose the grass they want to eat, tear it off and chew it thoroughly. This allows for a steady stream of food in the […]

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Pasture Pointers To Increase Horse Health

Pasture quantity and quality affects the nutritional value it offers horses, as does the season and the amount of grazing time offered. A horse consumes more grass per hour in pastures that are lush; overgrazed or weedy pastures will offer little in the way of nutritional value and will be consumed more slowly. Here are […]

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Easy Ways To Create Healthier Pastures

There are simple measures farm managers and horsemen can take to encourage their pastures to grow lush and resilient. This year, for example, was unusually wet, with significantly higher amounts of rainfall and snowfall. Often, increased moisture leads to sloppy, muddy pastures, which are less than ideal for sprouting thick grass. According to a report […]

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Preventing Ticks On Equine Properties

In areas of the country that remain warm throughout the winter, ticks are always in season. For others, however, a brief reprieve from ticks is possible when the weather turns cold. However, with warmer weather on the horizon across the United States, it’s important to begin farm preparation for their return. Preferred tick habitat includes […]

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Scratch That Itch: Improving Allergy Testing For Horses

Many of us have suffered from itchiness caused by chicken pox, poison ivy or mosquito bites, but few of us have experienced the agony associated with unrelenting allergies or atopic dermatitis (AD). Horses with AD can itch so severely they lose hair from intense scratching, developing crusts, skin loss, redness, and hives on any part […]

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Fescue Endophytes: Not Necessarily Your Broodmare’s Enemy

Breeders know the danger equine fescue toxicosis can pose for pregnant mares. Tall fescue is a cool season, perennial grass prevalent in the eastern and central United States that often becomes infected with endophytic fungus, primarily ergovaline. Mares that graze on endophyte-infected fescue in their last month of pregnancy develop prolonged gestation, lack of or […]

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Use Caution When Turning Horses Out On Lush Pastures

Horses fed primarily hay throughout winter months should be transitioned carefully onto lush, spring pastures. A gradual transition onto grass is required to allow the horse’s digestive system time to adapt to the new feedstuff. A gradual and limited transition is even more important to horses that are insulin resistant; immediate access to lush pastures […]

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