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Water Management on Horse Farms During Drought

Water Management on Horse Farms During Drought

When water is at a premium, taking a little time to ensure there is little to no wastage can go a long ways to conservation. Here's a checklist of what you can do to preserve your water... more »

Jul 06, 2015 by in Barns/Grounds

Summer Pasture Drought Issues

Summer Pasture Drought Issues

Reports from the National Climatic Data Center and the US Drought Monitor estimated that by spring 2015, nearly 37% of the contiguous United States was experiencing moderate to exceptional drought... more »

Jul 05, 2015 by in Barns/Grounds

Feeding Horses After Colic Episodes

Feeding Horses After Colic Episodes

In general terms, colic refers to pain or discomfort in a horse’s abdominal region. Most horsemen are aware of the common signs of colic, which may include feed refusal, pawing, rolling,... more »

Jul 04, 2015 by in Feed/Supplements

Snakebite in Horses

Snakebite in Horses

With warm weather comes the increased risk of snakebite. The major venomous snakes in the United States are the pit vipers, including rattlesnakes, water moccasins and copperheads. Pit vipers are... more »

Jul 03, 2015 by in Equine Health

 First “Research Reflections” Column, a New Feature in Dr. Getty’s Forage for Thought

First “Research Reflections” Column, a New Feature in Dr. Getty’s Forage for Thought

Dr. Getty announces a new feature, "Research Reflections," insights on relevant nutrition research and how it impacts your horses' health... more »

Jul 02, 2015 by in Equine Health

Hay Soaking Research

Hay Soaking Research

Soaking hay in water is a common strategy used to manage horses diagnosed with laminitis, PSSM, HYPP, and COPD. Hay soaking for short durations (15 to 60 minutes in duration) is an acceptable... more »

Jul 01, 2015 by in Feed/Supplements

 Sugar Promotes Chronic Inflammation

Sugar Promotes Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation. The very word triggers images of pain, redness and swelling. But in the case of injury or infection, acute inflammation is actually a beneficial means of restoring the body to health.... more »

Jun 30, 2015 by in Feed/Supplements

Five Tips for Feeding Horses to Reveal Dapples

Five Tips for Feeding Horses to Reveal Dapples

A gleaming coat reflects fine health and well-being among horses and ponies. Grooming intensity and frequency as well as nutritional status are two obvious explanations for a top-notch hair coat. In... more »

Jun 29, 2015 by in Feed/Supplements

Manure Removal from Horse Pastures

Manure Removal from Horse Pastures

Have you ever counted how many piles of manure your horse generates each day? Most horses defecate between 8-14 piles a day, give or take. Consider this quantity spread across your pasture over many... more »

Jun 28, 2015 by in Barns/Grounds

Starting a 4-H Club

Starting a 4-H Club

Editor's note: While the following information is from Michigan State University, all states have 4-H organizations and many extension offices work closely with 4-H youth programs. Learning more about... more »

Jun 27, 2015 by in Stable Management

Understand Summer Insects Around Your Farm

Understand Summer Insects Around Your Farm

With the heat and humidity of summer come an abundance of bugs, including several types of flies, ticks and stinging pests. more »

Jun 26, 2015 by in Fly Control

8 Biosecurity Recommendations for Horse Show Season

8 Biosecurity Recommendations for Horse Show Season

As we enter into horse show season and County Fairs, it is critical to practice biosecurity. Here are eight biosecurity tips: 1. Work with your veterinarian to ensure horses are current with... more »

Jun 25, 2015 by in Equine Health

Reproductive Leptospirosis

Reproductive Leptospirosis

Pathogenic leptospires are zoonotic, spirochete bacteria. They have a world-wide distribution, and can infect a wide variety of species. Leptospires are most commonly maintained in the urinary tract... more »

Jun 24, 2015 by in Equine Health

Your Performance Horse Logbook

Your Performance Horse Logbook

In the 21st Century we have many gadgets and gizmos to help us in our daily work around the farm or stable. Apps and mobile devices that are always at hand can help us record anything--written or... more »

Jun 23, 2015 by in Stable Management

Equine Nutrition: Horse Owners Note Top Concerns

Equine Nutrition: Horse Owners Note Top Concerns

If you ask a group of equine nutritionists and veterinarians, they will tell you nutrition-related disorders are on the rise, largely due to overfeeding. One recent survey* concurred, identifying the... more »

Jun 22, 2015 by in Feed/Supplements

 


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