A good fertilization program is necessary to produce high yields of quality forage and to maintain healthy stands of grasses and legumes. The rates and types of fertilizer required vary with different forage crops, management intensity and soil type. Soil testing is a valuable tool when developing a pasture fertilization program. Sample hay fields annually and sample grazed pastures at least every other year. Contact your county Extension office for more information on soil testing.
Soil pH is a measure …
Horse owners who have a sound understanding of horse behavior can use their knowledge to help prevent behavioral problems. Listed below are a few management tips related to horse behavior.
- Design horse housing so that horses can see other horses.
- Feeding horses individually will reduce aggression and allow slow eaters to get their full ration.
- Whenever possible, the main portion of the horse’s diet should be made up of forages to reduce digestive and behavioral problems.
- Feed stalled horses small
An essential component of managing horse pastures involves the task of controlling weeds. Some weeds that can be found in horse pastures are poisonous to horses.
Controlling weeds is probably one of the most important decisions to think about when managing horse pastures. Weeds are generally less palatable, less nutritious, and are less dependable as a forage supply to horses than the desirable pasture species they replace. Some pasture weeds are poisonous to horses. From a control standpoint, grouping weeds …
Horses should have some protection from the hot sun, wind and precipitation. This can vary from a good shelter belt, a three-sided shed in the corner of a pasture to a complete stable with box stalls.
Horses without shelter will require more feed and water to maintain their health.
Fencing for horses can be the traditional board or rail fence to electric wire. Several newer products are now on the market such as:
- Polymer vinyl
- Polyethylene rails and
Grazing systems used in horse farms include pastures, fences and management techniques used to provide optimal forage for horses. Grazing systems should be flexible based on resources and goals and developed to meet the horses nutrient requirements. Two common types of grazing systems used in horse farms are continuous and rotational.
A continuous grazing system is one where horses are houses on a single pasture for an extended period of time. Advantage to this system is that reduced …
When planning your horse pasture, you should ask yourself the following question: will the pasture be a major feed source or just an exercise area?
Most horses benefit from being outside regularly for exercise. Free exercise reduces behavior and respiratory problems, promotes optimal growth and development of young horses, and improves overall horse health. However, if the pasture is to serve as a feed source, other factors need to be considered including its potential nutritional value, carrying capacity or stocking …
Proper horse care year round is important to maintaining a healthy horse. This publication provides information on how you can keep your horse healthy throughout all seasons of the year.
Your horse depends upon you to provide all its basic needs for survival and good health. The enjoyment of horse ownership is dependent on your animal’s health and condition. A sick or poorly maintained animal cannot be pleasurable. Consistent maintenance of your horse’s health is much less expensive than the …
No matter where the destination, horse owners are constantly traveling with their horses. Proper planning and anticipation of problems can result in a safe journey. This article discusses some details that horse owners should consider when traveling with their horse.
Horse properly tied to trailer.
People go almost everywhere with their horses. Many go to shows and other competitive horse events. Trail rides and camping are also appealing to many horse owners. Trips to shows and trail rides …
When transporting horses, safety of the horse and people is paramount. Proper planning, preparation and maintenance prior to the trip will ensure a safe and successful journey. This article provides information and guidelines to ensure a safe trip to your next destination.
Slant load trailers have become a popular choice for equine transport.
In today’s mobile horse industry, horses are trailered as part of a daily routine at many horse operations. The primary destination is probably horse …
With proper planning, manure management can be beneficial to both the farm and the environment. This article provides information on environmental and health impacts of manure as well as proper manure storage and management.
Manure management is a vital part of modern day horse ownership. Many horses spend a significant portion of their day in stalls, accumulating large amounts of manure and stall waste. Horse owners generally have a limited amount of time to spend caring for their equine …