Free Horsekeeping Webinars From The University Of Maryland

The University of Maryland (UMD) Extension Horse Team is extending a webinar series through June. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. EST as our educators discuss a variety of horsekeeping topics. The June webinars include: June 2: Interpreting Soil Test Reports: What You Need to Know to Maximize Pasture Performance Andy Kness, […]

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Tall Fescue Risk Measured Through Field And Manure Measurements

Tall fescue is a name that can evoke fear in many horse owners. Some of this fear is rightfully earned, some of it undue and some of it not sufficient. In Kentucky, late May through June is when we see tall fescue growing most rapidly, producing seed for next year and potentially causing the greatest […]

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Minimizing Risk For Horses In Herds

Group turnout, though great for a horse’s metal and physical well being, can be hard on herd members who are not at the top of the pecking order. However, there are some ways to improve safety and minimize risk to horses that are turned out in groups. Before horses are turned out together or a […]

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Common Pasture Weed May Lead To Positive Equine Drug Test

New research suggests that a plant commonly found in pastures across the United States can cause horses to fail a drug test. Barbarea vulgaris, known as yellow rocket, can cause a horse to test positive for Aminorex, an appetite suppressant that has an amphetamine-like qualities, which could impact a horse’s athletic performance. Aminorex is listed […]

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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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Kentucky Farmers Feeling The Stress Of Drought Conditions

Though Kentucky was overwhelmed with rain, which lead to waterlogged pastures a few months ago, the weather has done a complete 180 and left most everything close to bone dry. The state is in desperate need of rainfall—rapidly. Kentucky farmers are feeling the strain of the rain-less weather; the state is officially in an agricultural […]

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Study: Common Equine Management Methods Harm Horse Health

Confining horses to individual stalls is a common form of equine management around the world, though this means of living is contrary to a horse’s natural instincts to live in a herd, exercise and eat nearly constantly. Researchers from France investigated 12 housing and management factors to determine what effect, if any, they had on […]

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Fall Frost And Horse Health

As cooler weather comes on, horse health concerns can shift from heat-impact issues to handling the cold. Before wintry weather really sets in, horse owners must contend with frost and what that can mean for a horse’s health. Pastures with frost on them have higher amounts of nonstructural carbohydrates, which can increase the risk for […]

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Turn ‘Em Out: Pastured Horses Maintain Fitness

New research shows that pastured horses can stay as fit as their counterparts that live in a stall follow an exercise regimen. Dr. Patricia M. Graham-Thiers and a research team from Virginia Intermont College used 16 horses in a 14-week study to determine if horses kept in a stall and exercised or those that lived […]

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