Forage is a very important part of a horse’s diet. The horse evolved as a grazing animal with a digestive system designed to process a nearly continuous supply of high fiber food. A horses’ nutritional program should focus on forage first. A horse has fewer digestive upsets when forage is the main component of the ration.
Water Hemlock is a native plant that grows throughout North America and is found near streams or in swampy or wetlands. The toxin is a resinoid known as cicutoxin
What is EHV-1? What information is out there to read?
Pasture management techniques to help you maintain healthy, productive pastures for your horses.
Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, often carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
Genetics behind the athletic performance of Thoroughbred racehorses has been a popular area of research in the past few years.
Report on the information collected from an online survey by the American Horse Council regarding equestrian access issues on federal lands. The center piece of this initiative is an online form riders can use to report their personal experiences regarding trails on federal lands that have been closed to them or other access issues.
The relative toxicity of individual leaves is low–horses must consume hundreds of pounds to experience ill effects. However, bracken fern is unique among the toxic plants in that some horses seem to develop a taste for it and will seek it out even when other forages are available.
Catsear (Hypochaeris radicata or Hypochoeris radicata), also known as flatweed, cat's ear or false dandelion, is a perennial, low-lying herb often found in lawn.
When you feed your horse, take into account its age, weight, work and growth to determine its diet. Some horses are easier to feed and require fewer nutrients than others. Other horses are very difficult to feed and require special attention. It is important to know how to feed your horse and to make sure it gets all the nutrients it needs.
It has been said that art and science are combined to determine the best feeding program for your horse.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's equine hospital is under a voluntary quarantine after confirming a case of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1).
Parasite control is an important component of all equine health care programs. However, it is no longer enough to simply pull out a tube of dewormer and treat your horses every eight weeks.
Adapted from a University of Vermont brochure by Jennifer Ather and Betsy Greene, and My Horse University
Just because your horse is not being used during the winter doesn’t mean you can slack off on the care for your horse. Here are some basic things to consider as you prepare to winterize you and your horse.
Several State Departments of Agriculture have issued letters stating that any horse shipping to a racetrack and/or training facilities in the state must have a certificate showing it is negative for equine piroplasmosis.
Equine piroplasmosis and Potomac horse fever.
Going green on your horse farm is not difficult or expensive. You may already be doing environmentally friendly methods of horse-keeping and just need to make some adjustments.
Any farm that houses animals in the state of Pennsylvania will have to have a written Manure Management Plan, meeting the guidelines provided in the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Manure Management Manual.