pasture management

Taking Control: Managing Small Strongyles in Adult Horses

Internal parasites remain important health concerns for horses in all corners of the globe. In younger horses, roundworms (Parascaris spp.) can cause colic, ill thrift, and dull hair coats. Older horses, however, are primarily infested with cyathostomins, known more commonly as small strongyles. In fact, almost 100% of horses, regardless of how well they are managed, have cyathostomins. While […]

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Proper Mowing, Pasture Management Now Can Ensure Better Fields In Spring

Although farm managers probably feel they’re doing nothing but mowing pastures these days, experts say now is the time to take steps to ensure healthy pastures next year. The primary tasks to accomplish this goal are: rotational grazing, proper mowing, and preparation for fall maintenance and seeding. Most importantly in the heat of summer, the root structure of […]

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Oh, Mow: Maintaining Pasture Grasses Can Reduce Risk Of Laminitis

Excess consumption of the non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) found in cool-season pasture grasses has been linked to laminitis in horses. Farm owners can reduce the risk of insulin resistance and laminitis in horses by mowing their fields regularly, researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered, according to HorseTalk. While the exact mechanism of laminitis is unknown, […]

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Play It Safe: Knowledge Of Pasture Grasses Key To Managing Insulin-Resistant Horses

Feeding and grazing horses identified as being insulin-resistant (IR) can be tricky. Some managers believe the nutritional content of pasture varies enough through the day that IR horses should only be turned out for a portion of it. Some sources suggest that early morning grazing is safest for horses dealing with IR, while others recommend sticking […]

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Helpful Hints For Managing Spring Pasture

While it can be difficult to image fields of green under all the mud that is plaguing many parts of the country right now, careful field management in the spring will increase the grazing potential for pastures on your farm. Follow these guidelines to ensure a nutritious pasture for your horses this year: Frost seed areas in […]

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Quick Fixes For Broken Fences

Whether it’s a fallen tree, nosy equines or even just neglect, fences always seem to fail at the least-opportune time. But it behooves farm owners to keep their fences in good repair; strong fences will reduce the risk of equine injury and keep horses where they belong. While we all know that it makes sense […]

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Pasture Management For Horses With PSSM

Horses with Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) can be a bit tough to manage in a boarding barn situation as they require a specialized diet and regular exercise to keep them healthy and their condition under control. PSSM is an inheritable glycogen storage disease usually found in Quarter Horses and other heavy breeds; when horses affected by PSSM ingest […]

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Jimsonweed: A Potentially Dangerous Pasture Plant

While most horses will avoid eating toxic plants if there is other forage available, it still behooves horse owners and farm managers to be aware of what plants in and around their paddocks and pastures might be poisonous to the horses in their care. One poisonous plant to note this time of year is jimsonweed. A […]

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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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Multispecies Grazing Helps Control Weeds In Pastures

As horses prefer tasty, lush grass to graze on, they can leave lots of vegetation behind in pastures that they feel is second-rate. Farm owners are sometimes at a loss as to how to control these weedy patches of pasture that are left behind. Cattle can be rotated behind pastures horses graze, or can even be grazed […]

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