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This month I am working on an article for our winter newsletter and webinar focusing on the older horse. My first horse, Bluebonnet lived into her early thirties....
As a prey animal, horses by nature are very alert (vigilant). Nearly everyone has had the experience of being on a trail ride and having one person's horse spook, only to have all the other horses spook—even though the other horses don't even know what they're spooking at! Spooking is an irritating behavior, perhaps, but one that helped save horses lives in...
THE FOALING MARE
Kathleen P. Anderson, PhD
Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska
The ultimate goal of any breeding operation should be both maximal foaling and a high survival rate of foals. Most mares will have a normal parturition if left unattended. However, the value of broodmares and their progeny can make leaving the process to nature an expensive gamble. As the value of mares and foals rise, having someon...
ARE YOU "STRESSING OUT" YOUR HORSE?
Carey Williams, Ph.D.
Extension Specialist in Equine Management
What is Stress?
Stress is the body’s response to anything it considers threatening. For a horse this could be anything, including trailering and traveling, showing, poor nutrition, feeding at irregular times, changes in other routines, environmental toxins, interactions within their social environment, variation...
USING LEARNING STYLE PREFERENCES TO TEACH MORE EFFECTIVE RIDING LESSONS
Karen L. Waite, PhD., Michigan State University eXtension
Try to think back to when you first learned to ride a horse with any finesse, i.e., when you learned to ride correctly as opposed to just staying on. For some of us, it may have been years ago, for others a few months, or for some who prefer to “just ride around”, not at all. As a 4-H or Pony Club...
Michigan State University Extension
MSUE Equine AoE Team
Believe it or not, some people think horse manure stinks! People don’t like to see it out their window or drink it in their water. By using some “perfect” planning suggestions, you can prevent water contamination, be a good neighbor and have healthy, happy horses.
On Your Existing Farm
Let’s start by asking a few questions: Where is...
POISONOUS PLANTS COMMONLY FOUND IN HORSE PASTURES
Dr. Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota eXtension
Each year numerous horses (and other livestock) are injured or die as a result of accidentally ingesting poisonous plants. Recent wide-spread drought has exacerbated the problem, and many horse owners and hay producers are simply unaware of the potential injury from poisonous plants. The key to preventing problems with po...
FORAGE FOR HORSES
[Adapted from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin ANSI-3980]
Daren D. Redfearn Extension Forage and Pasture Management Specialist
David W. Freeman Extension Equine Specialist
Forages supply energy, crude protein, minerals, and vitamins at varying levels, depending on forage species and nutritive value. Forage nutritive value and the resulting effect on animal performance are greatly influenced by for...
WHAT IS COMPOSTING, ANYWAY?
Adapted from the Michigan State University Extension Bulletin
WO 1022 (No. 5 in Series)
MSUE Equine AoE Team
Every horse owner has to deal with the same by-product of horse ownership — manure. Horse owners have a common obligation to practice sound environmental practices. Composting is one of the manure management options that horse owners can employ as a viable manure management strategy.
EQUINE LAMINITIS: CAUSE, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION
Exert from the MHU Horse Nutrition Course
Laminitis, a metabolic disorder commonly referred to as founder, can affect all four feet, but is most common in the front feet. Laminitis causes the sensitive and insensitive lamina of the hoof wall to become inflamed, leading to separation (Figure 1). The lamina provides support to the coffin bone. When separation occurs, typically the...