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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Equine Educator to Speak at Bucks County Seminar
Equine Educator to Speak at Bucks County Seminar - News News
Learn about pasture management basics from Laura Kenny at a seminar hosted by Delaware Valley University on April 1. More
Mud_Lot, eXtensionHorses, CC BY-SA 2.0 (, Wikimedia Commons
Reducing Mud on Horse Farms - Webinars Webinars

Reducing Mud on Horse Farms

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM, 03/27/2019

1 hour

Mud seems to be a given on horse farms during wet weather; however, there are things that farm owners can do to improve drainage and minimize mud. More
Cicuta_virosa_Myrkkykeiso_IMG_0357_C by Anneli Salo, CC BY-SA 3.0, From Wikimedia Commons
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
Agricultural Careers Online Course
Agricultural Careers Online Course - Webinars Webinars

Agricultural Careers Online Course

07:00 PM 03/07/2019 - 08:30 PM 04/11/2019

Join us for these weekly webinars as we cover a wide variety of interests that can pair your passions with a future career! 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
Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course
Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course - Workshops Workshops
Horse farm owners, managers, and individuals planning to start a new farm are invited to attend the Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course. More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kentucky Blue Grass root system
Common Equine Pasture Forages: Kentucky Bluegrass - Articles Articles
Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) is a short-to-medium height, cool-season, long-lived, highly palatable, perennial grass that has smooth, soft, green to dark green leaves with boat-shaped tips. More
UGA1334157. Photo by Chris Evans, University of Georgia
Common Equine Pasture Forages: Smooth Bromegrass - Articles Articles
Smooth bromegrass is a leafy, late maturing, sod-forming grass that spreads by underground rhizomes and is rapidly propagated by seed. More
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