Importance Of Vitamin E In The Equine Diet

While many equine owners and caretakers are diligent about ensuring that the animals in their care receive enough fiber, fat and protein, some key facets of an equine diet are more difficult to ensure their adequacy. These tougher-to-determine items include some key vitamins and minerals. One micronutrient in particular is imperative to equine health: Vitamin […]

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Should Horses Graze Winter Pastures?

Though keeping horses on pasture year-round is common in some areas of the country, care should be taken to ensure the safety of the horses and the quality of the grasses in the fields, says Dr. K Krishona Martinson of the University of Minnesota. After the first hard frost, pastures grasses stop growing, though they […]

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Alfalfa Or Grass: Which Hay Helps Horses Stay Warmer In Winter?

Horses can be comfortable at a range of temperatures, called their thermal neutral zone; this is where horses don’t need to alter their heat production to stay warm. However, as temperatures cool, horses require additional calories to stay warm. Once the temperature drops significantly, horses enter their lower critical temperature (LCT), where they need to […]

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Roughing It: Why Perfect Pastures Shouldn’t Be A Goal

While a perfectly level, green pasture may be the dream of many horse owners, there’s a reason why horses routinely graze only certain areas of their fields, leaving others to grow uneven grass and weeds. Dubbed “roughs,” these are sections of the pasture where horses defecate, but don’t graze. Horses shed parasites with their manure, […]

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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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