Pasture and Environment Management

Information on managing equine pastures, invasive weeds and nutrition needs of broodmares. Instruction on best management practices.

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Toxic Plants in Horse Pastures - Webinars Webinars
Find out which common and uncommon pasture plants could make your horse sick. More
Rotational Grazing, photo by Carey Williams
How to Make Rotational Grazing Work on Your Horse Farm - Articles Articles
Rotational grazing can provide more feed for your horses than continuous grazing- but only if you know how to do it right. More
Tall Fescue poses a threat to grazing broodmares. Photo: Danielle N. Smarsh, Ph.D
Tall Fescue: Potential Problem for Pregnant Broodmares - Articles Articles
While tall fescue is not harmful to most horses, pregnant broodmares can develop fescue toxicosis if they eat endophyte-infected tall fescue. More
Equine Pasture Management Course
Equine Pasture Management Course - Workshops Workshops
Participants will learn to evaluate pastures, take soil samples, increase forage growth, and how to identify forages, weeds and toxic plants. More
"Tuli-Toto" by smerikal - CC BY-SA 2.0 Flickr
Pasture Management by the Seasons - Articles Articles
Pasture management can be a lot of work- here's how to break down your planning by the season. More
Noxious Weed - Catsear
Noxious Weed - Catsear - Articles Articles
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. More
A horse with slobbers (courtesy Steven S. Nicholson, DVM , LSU)
Does Your Horse Have the Slobbers? - Articles Articles
A variety of substances can cause horses to drool. More
Environmentally Friendly Farm Sign
Environmentally Friendly Farm Program - Articles Articles
The Penn State Extension Environmentally Friendly Farm Program is designed to recognize farms that adopt environmentally sound management practices that protect the environment and water quality. More
Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum)
Plants Toxic to Horses - Articles Articles

Plants Toxic to Horses

Donna Foulk

Horse owners should learn to recognize toxic plants, and be aware of the symptoms they can cause. More
Managing Toxic Pasture Plants
Managing Toxic Pasture Plants - Articles Articles
There are hundreds of plants in North America that can be poisonous to horses. More
Figure 1. Disc and Contractor's Flag Pin.
Pasture Evaluation: Equine Pasture Evaluation Disc - Articles Articles
The Penn State Equine Pasture Evaluation Disc (EPED) can be used to document the concentration of weeds and desirable plants in pastures. More
Basic Pasture Management for the Equine Owner
Basic Pasture Management for the Equine Owner - Articles Articles
Proper pasture management leads to high quality, productive pastures that can supply excellent nutrition for horses. More
Equine Pasture Walk
Equine Pasture Walk - Workshops Workshops
Pasture walks allow you to see Best Management Practices in action and think about how you could use them on your own farm. More
Manage your pasture as a crop.
Grazing Systems for Livestock and Horses - News News
Grazing strategies to choose from... pick one that best matches your management system for your operation. More
Pasture Evaluation: Documenting Pasture Quality
Pasture Evaluation: Documenting Pasture Quality - Articles Articles
The Penn State Extension Equine team developed an accurate, easy-to-use method to evaluate pastures. More
Pasture Grasses and Forages
Pasture Grasses and Forages - Articles Articles
Information on the different types of pasture grasses and clovers used in Pennsylvania. More
Toxic Weed: Milkweed
Toxic Weed: Milkweed - Articles Articles

Toxic Weed: Milkweed

Donna Foulk

Primary toxin, galitoxin, is found in all vegetative parts of the plant. Toxins known as cardenolides may be responsible for digitalis-like signs that cause or contribute to death. More
Introducing Horses to Spring Growing Pastures
Introducing Horses to Spring Growing Pastures - Articles Articles
Control the amount of green grass horses eat when returning to grazing. A horse’s metabolism isn't accustomed to the lush forage and dramatic side effects can occur. More
Walking Pastures - Important Step in Pasture Management
Walking Pastures - Important Step in Pasture Management - Articles Articles
Regularly surveying your pastures, is one of the most important and most overlooked steps in pasture management. More
Fall Leaves In Horse Pastures Can be Toxic
Fall Leaves In Horse Pastures Can be Toxic - Articles Articles
Disposing of fall leaves properly or composting them in an area outside of pastures is an important aspect to horse management. More
Horse farms BMPS
Best Management Practices for Equine Farms - Articles Articles
Learn about the implementation, challenges, and results of adopting environmental Best Management Practices (BMPs) on equine farms. More
Blooming multiflora rose in a pasture.
Multiflora Rose Control in Pastures - Articles Articles
The spread of multiflora rose in PA caused it to be designated as a noxious weed. Multiflora rose can be controlled but it takes considerable effort. More
Fall Management for Pastures: Renovate or Restore?
Fall Management for Pastures: Renovate or Restore? - Articles Articles
Late summer and early fall is an excellent time to renovate and restore pastures. More