How many gallons of water does a miniature horse drink daily?

Horses will drink two quarts of water for every pound of hay they consume. The amount of water they consume will vary depending on how much hay they are eating every day. Other factors that cause water consumption to vary include ambient temperature, relative humidity, and activity level. Horses exercising in hot/humid weather can consume up to three to four times their normal amount.…

My horse has a lump under its jaw with no other symptoms of strangles. What else could it be?

The lump could be caused by a number of things. Even though there are no other symptoms of strangles, you may not be able to rule that out. Other possible conditions could be an abscessed tooth or a swollen lymph node that may be caused by some other health condition.
We cannot diagnose these conditions online. We recommend that you contact your veterinarian for a complete assessment. You can provide your veterinarian with good information such as the horse’s vital …

How should I get rid of moss in pastures?

Moss tends to thrive in damp, shaded areas. In addition, acidic soils and overgrazing of competitive grasses increases the chances of moss growth.
While there are chemicals such as ferrous ammonium sulfate or ferrous sulfate that can be applied to reduce and eliminate moss growth in pastures, they are expensive and may only temporarily solve the problem unless other pasture management techniques are implemented.
If the soil is extremely damp, you may want to try implementing a drainage system in …

How do we control fire ants in pastures?

First, is it worth treating your pasture at all? If the answer is yes, there are several baits that can be broadcast for fire ant control in pastures. These baits cost about $10-15 per acre. The cost of labor and equipment needed to apply the bait must also be considered.

Baits containing hydramethylnon (Amdro Pro), pyriproxyfen (Esteem), (s)-methoprene (Extinguish), or a mixture of hydramethylnon and (s)-methoprene (Extinguish Plus) are currently labeled for use in cattle pastures. In addition to the …

What are the pros and cons of feeding Kleingrass/hay to horses?

Kleingrass is excellent forage for cattle, but in horses, liver damage can occur with long duration consumption. Grazing pure stands of Kleingrass hay or pasture can provide toxic levels leading to liver damage. Mixing Kleingrass with other hays and/or pasture species dilutes the toxicity levels that lead to liver damage. For additional information, go to http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_paco2.pdf.…

I need some information on EPM or the equine opossum disease (symptoms, etc.).

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a debilitating neurologic disease of horses. It can affect the brain, brainstem, spinal cord or any combination of these three areas of the central nervous system (CNS). The disease may present itself with a variety of different clinical signs, dependent on the location of the damage caused by the organism within the CNS. There is no vaccine currently available.

Life Cycle: The organism causing EPM was given the name Sarcocystis neurona. The horse is a …

How do I tell when my mare is ready to breed?

A mare will show signs of heat (sexual acceptance of the stallion) about four to seven days of her approximately 21-day-long cycle. In between the heat periods, she is not receptive to a stallion. To check this, you need to tease her with a stallion, something that stallion owners will do as a daily or every-other-day routine to mares. A mare will urinate, swat, lift her tail, and show behavior consistent with receptivity to the stallion when she is in …