The 2014 winner of the Epsilon Sigma Phi, Alpha Omicron Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award was awarded to Ann Swinker, Associate Professor of Animal Science and Extension Horse Specialist at Penn State University.
Equine gastrointestinal parasites, and their increasing resistance to available dewormers, are a major concern in the equine industry. Taking a whole-farm approach to control can cut down on deworming, save money on products that are no longer effective on your farm, help you learn which horses have natural resistance and which ones are “shedders”, and help reduce parasite resistance.
Horse defenses against inclement cold weather include a long hair coat and a layer of fat beneath the skin. But are there times when you should blanket your horse?
On November 14, 2014, the American Horse Council (AHC) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) opposing a proposed rule to redefine “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
The Pennsylvania Grassland Evaluation Contest took place on October 14, 2014 at Penn State Ag Progress Days Site at Rock Springs, PA. The contest is an experiential education opportunity for PA high school students enrolled in FFA and 4-H programs, or members of high school affiliated clubs.
Those attending the course will have the option to continue as a partner in a year-long parasite research project, provided through a NE SARE Research and Education Grant.
With winter approaching, horse owners will need to prepare and conduct a different approach in caring for their horses. Often neglect is the worst thing that happens to the horse during the winter months. Most horses are turned out to pasture and we only see them in the dark at feeding time. In the summer months, it is easy to provide loving care for the horse, when we are riding every day and want to make certain the horse is fit and in good health.
Parasite control is an important component of all equine health care programs.
Pohopoco Creek Alpacas, located in Effort, PA has been recognized by Penn State Equine Extension as an Environmentally Friendly Farm, that follows and practices equine stewardship practices.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today tabled a proposal to create a permit that would be required for those who don’t hold a valid hunting or furtaker license, but who use designated trails on state game lands for bicycling, snowmobiling or horseback riding. The proposal will be reworked and brought back to the December meeting.
This webinar will discuss practical efforts that sellers and buyers do to protect their interests in an effort to avoid disputes (and lawsuits) when buying or selling horses.
Recently fallen leaves are dense and can compact in the horse's digestive system and cause compaction colic.
A workshop event was recently held for horse owners that where interested in learning more about how to take better care of the animals that they love.
Autumn offers the horseman the enjoyment and pleasure of riding their horse on trails transformed into vibrant colors. Central PA has some of the most accessible horse trails that provide the opportunity to enjoy nature at the peak of its beauty.
Rain rot or rain scald, is caused by bacteria and often is mistaken for a fungal disease. The bacteria live in the outer layer of skin and cause pinpoint to large, crusty scabs to form.
The ride is open to all 4-H horse and pony members in Pennsylvania. A Leader Adult Division is also included for screened volunteers only.
EXtension will support many aspects of States delivering training to producers concerning the 2014 Agriculture Act.
The primary toxin, galitoxin, is found in all vegetative parts of the plant. In addition, a group of toxicants known as cardenolides may be responsible for digitalis-like signs that cause or contribute to death.
Hay is the most important part of the horse’s diet and makes up 50-100% of the horse’s diet. It is the best source of energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and, most importantly, fiber that is necessary for normal gut function in the horse. The quality of hay varies considerably between different loads of hay.
The 2014 Keystone International Livestock Exposition will take place Sept. 27 – Oct. 5 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.