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How Do I Feed My Horse? - Managing Forage Part 3

How Do I Feed My Horse? - Managing Forage Part 3

The horse has evolved as a grazing animal; pasture has played a pivotal role in equine nutrition. Reported intakes of fresh pasture by horses can range from 1.5% to 3.0% of body weight/day. Most horses today, however, are managed in far different conditions than their natural grazing environment. This is...

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What Do I Feed My Horse? - Managing Forage Part 2

What Do I Feed My Horse? - Managing Forage Part 2

Forage is the most important ingredient in the horse’s diet, yet the choices in forage species and form are sometimes daunting. Understanding the types and physical forms of forage and importance of forage quality will help horse owners choose the best forage to feed their horse.

1. Forage...

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Issues with Horse Obesity and What It Leads To - Managing Forage Part 1

Issues with Horse Obesity and What It Leads To - Managing Forage Part 1

The causes of obesity in horses are simple: too much energy (calories) consumed, too little exercise and certain medical conditions. Management of the obese horse requires changes in the feeding program, as well implementing an exercise program. In an owner-reported survey conducted by the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS)...

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What Can I Do If I’m in Short Supply of Hay or Pasture?

What Can I Do If I’m in Short Supply of Hay or Pasture?

Every year, there is inevitability a natural disaster threatening the most important component to raising livestock (besides the need for water, which can also be heavily affected by disasters). Between flooding from hurricanes, wildfires and drought, it’s been a challenge for those caring for animals to just meet their basic...

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Love & Companionship: A Story of Friendship at Old Friends Equine

Love & Companionship: A Story of Friendship at Old Friends Equine

Conventional wisdom says stallions must live alone—isolated in pastures since, their instinct is to battle others for dominance over mares.  Out on that plains, that’s pretty much the case. At Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY–home to more than 100 former racehorses, 15 of them...

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