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COMPOSTING HORSE MANURE

  • Erin Gouveia
  • Sep 8, 2021

This organic material includes grass clippings, leaves, vegetable food scraps, newspaper, cardboard, and vegetarian animal manure. Manure management on horse farms is an important part of farm operation.  If left in a pile manure will decompose on it’s own but could take years.  One way to speed up the process, and take advantage of manure…

How To Use a Grazing Muzzle

Conditions like insulin resistance or equine metabolic syndrome are especially worrisome because these horses simply can’t tolerate the high carbohydrate levels often found in pastures this time of year. Other horses tend to gain weight when turned out full or even part-time. So what’s a horse owner to do?

One…

5 Ways to Improve Your Pasture

Is your pasture looking a little lackluster? Could it use some help? Spring is the perfect time to get started with improvements and here are five specific things you can do to create a healthier and more eye-pleasing pasture:

1.) Soil Testing and Fertilizer Application

If you’ve never had your soil…

Spring Pasture Precautions

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of every horse person rejoicing due to daylight savings time and the arrival of warmer weather. Spring is underway, and with it greener grass, flowers, and so many lovely things.

However, spring also harbors danger for some of our horses in the form…

Grow and Harvest Your Own Hay

Depending on how many horses you have to feed, your hay bill can get expensive! One horse can consume between 15 and 30 bales of hay in a single month. It adds up quickly! If you have the resources and time to grow your own hay, it’s worth considering….

All About Alfalfa

It’s true that the higher protein and caloric content of alfalfa can be beneficial for certain horses, such as those that are growing, pregnant or lactating mares, or horses needing to put on weight, but if your horse doesn’t need the extra protein or calories, alfalfa may not be…

8 Things to Know about Fall Pasture

However, when it comes to your pasture, there are a few things to be aware of during this time of year, especially if your horse has metabolic challenges or is at risk for developing laminitis. 

Here are eight facts you may or may not know about fall pasture:

#1 As grasses…

The Paddock Paradise Track System

Based on the behavior of wild horses, the Paddock Paradise Track System encourages your horse to exercise, search for their food and travel over different terrain. The creator, Jaime Jackson is a former farrier that prefers natural horse care. He began studying feral horses and their behavior in the…

How to Control Weeds in Your Horse’s Pasture

Horse pastures require year-round management. In order to provide your horse with quality nutrition, you need to eliminate weeds. And because horses are picky eaters, this can be a hard task. Proper field management, such as using a dry lot, rotational grazing, mowing and good drainage, goes a long…

Dry Lot Paddock Footing

Or for some of us with mild winters, mud season has already been going on for months. A dry lot paddock with solid footing is an absolute must have on every horse property. This area allows your horses to still get turnout time while saving your pastures from damage…