pasture

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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It’s Just Horseplay … Or Is It?

While watching horses gallop across a field and wrestle with one another can be fun to watch, it’s not always fun and games for all members of the herd that are turned out together. Drs. Fureix, Bourjade, Wessel-Robert and Richard-Yris from the Ethologie Animale et Humaine in France found that adult horses that are more playful are under […]

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Avoid Hay Shortage Headaches With Alternative Options

The volatility of the weather in recent years have made hay shortages increasingly common in the United States, much to the frustration of horse and barn owners. With a decrease in supplies, an increase in price and potentially lower-quality hay available, horse owners are seeking alternatives. In a perfect world, horse owners would be able […]

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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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