Monday, August 13, 2012

Forage based diet for high performing horses?

Researchers have found that many horses do well on a forage only diet. Good soil and pasture management  will keep forage quality high and reduce feed costs.  No operation is too small. Grazing heights needs to be maintained at proper levels to avoid overgrazing.  A balanced mix of forage species can help keep the diet healthy too. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Poisonous Plants

Here is a good article about poisonous plants.  I have a list of about 20 plants that are poisonous in the midwest.  This article includes discussion about hay containing poisonous plants.  That is difficult to control.  One way to avoid poisoning is to make sure you have a productive and healthy pasture. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tissue Sampling Pastures

This article from goes into a good bit of detail about how and when to sample your horse pastures to determine nutritional value.  It also suggests soil sampling and fertilizing to assure high quality forage.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New take on intensive grazing

Horse pastures can be difficult to manage even under intensive grazing situations because of the horse's selective grazing habits.  One way to over come this issue is to use smaller paddocks and move the horses more often.  This article outlines how to follow horses with other species to clean up what the horses miss.  Multi-species grazing.  I thought it was going to be about forages.  It turned out to be about animals.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Pasture management

Spring pastures can cause problems for some horses.  Now is the time to manage those spring pastures.  More from the

Friday, March 25, 2011

Poisonous Plants Webinar

Poisonous plants are a definite concern in horse pastures.  This Webinar will help you learn more. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Hay testing

So how do you know if the hay you are buying is really "good" horse hay?  Lots of people equate alfalfa with "good" hay, but alfalfa is really too high in protein to be fed to almost all horses.  Some horses that get a huge workout every day can deal with alfalfa.  Horses can receive all the nutrients needed to thrive from hay.  grain is needed only on rare occasion and oats is the preferred grain if used.  Quality of hay required depends on the growth stage of the horse, the amount of work the horse does and whether or not the horse is pregnant.  Purdue University has some very good information on hay quality and horse requirements.