pasture

Buttercups: Pretty But Potentially Poisonous

A common occurrence in many horse pastures, buttercups may be pretty, but they aren’t the best option for equine ingestion. A variety of types of buttercups are found in the United States, but each is poisonous to some degree while fresh (dried buttercups have no toxicity). However, the plants also have a bitter taste, so […]

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No Quick Fix For Healthy Hooves

Every horse person knows the old adage “no hoof, no horse,” but there’s no singular quick fix that can keep hooves healthy or repair ailing hooves. Though there are some things that can be done to assist hooves in the quest for perfect feet, Dr. Travis Burns of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine recommends […]

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Pasture Pitfalls: Too Much Sugar

Pasture grass is coming on in a hurry, with fields of former mud turning to vibrant green in many areas of the country. While spring grass is a wonderful change from hay for many horses, it can pose a risk for sugar-sensitive horses. Be aware that: Sugar levels increase during the growing season when days […]

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A Scientific Crystal Ball: The Future Of Dewormer Resistance

Drs. Martin Nielsen, Christian Sauermann and Dave Leathwick have used computer modeling to simulate small strongyle resistance to ivermectin over the next 40 years. Small strongyles are very common and infect almost every horse that grazes on pasture. The worms can trigger a disease called larval cyathostominosis, which occurs when encysted small strongyle larva emerge […]

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Group Therapy: Why Turnout Time Is Imperative For Equines

While turning a horse out with his friends in a pasture can make some owners anxious, it’s important for a horse’s physical and mental health. There are some management methods that can be used to ensure he is as safe as possible while turned out with a herd. Turnout is beneficial for horses because it […]

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Study: New Drug Shows Promise For Managing Equine Insulin Levels

A new study has shown that the drug velagliflozin may be an effective tool for controlling laminitis risk factors in ponies. The drug is capable of managing equine’s insulin dysregulation; current treatment for insulin dysregulation includes restricting pasture and feeding a diet low in non-structural carbohydrates. The research team was led by Dr. Martin Sillence […]

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Horses Still Need Turnout In Wintry Weather

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have shown that horses that live outside walk roughly the same distance every day, regardless of weather, indicating that the horses are not deterred by wintery weather. The study used four mares and five geldings that were turned out on a .85-acre pasture with small adjacent paddock area each […]

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Anthropomorphism Not Always A Threat To Equine Health

A study out of Australia shows that horse owners believe that access to pasture and an equine buddy meet a horse’s behavioral and social needs. Lead by researcher Kirrilly Thompson and Larissa Clarkson, of the Australian College of Applied Psychology, the national survey found that owners felt they could improve their horse’s well-being by offering […]

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Online Equine Certificate Courses Offered By University Of Minnesota

Adults interested in learning more about horses can register for online courses from the University of Minnesota Extension. Certificates are offered in Basic Horse Nutrition, Growing and Feeding Horse Hay, Pasture Establishment and Management, and Manure Management. Each course costs $75 and lasts 6 weeks. The courses are self-paced and do not result in college […]

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To Stall Or Not To Stall? A Timeless Debate

The debate to keep horses in stalls or let them live outside is a fierce one among horse owners and caretakers. While many studies show the health benefits of keeping horses on grass as much as possible (increased joint and digestive health being two main points), there are some potential issues with this lifestyle, including […]

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