An article in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science presented information on production and environmental impacts of grazing that might be of interest to horse owners and property managers.
Horse owners may be baffled about some way their horses react to supplies of hay, feed, and water, but by sensing these things from a horse’s perspective, we can come closer to understanding why they react in ways that may initially seem surprising.
Grazing muzzles are one way to keep sensitive horses from gorging on grass. Adjusting the muzzles properly will ensure comfort for your horse and peace of mind for you.
Many horse owners have had the same frustrating experience. You own a horse that’s quiet, obedient, and willing to do whatever you ask when you ride on your own property. You take the horse to a show or trail ride and suddenly you have an animal that is acting completely different and not in a good way. Proper training and feeding can help prepare a horse for outings away from the farm.
My mare has a history of choke. If I use a commercial slow-feeder, do I have to continue to wet her feed?
What if your horse just won’t touch the feed you’re offering? How can you figure out how to tempt his appetite, keep him properly nourished, and prevent weight loss? Identifying the problem and then correcting it can be a challenge.
What causes hyperactive or hot behavior, and how can horsemen effectively manage the horse and its diet to avoid it? To answer this question, a closer look at the different energy sources available to the horse and the energy response each causes is necessary.
Does hay net construction have an effect on rate of consumption? Using hay nets with different-sized holes, researchers measured consumption rates of forage.
Grass constantly changes in sugar content throughout each 24-hour period of the growing season. Does this make any difference in grazing rates for horses and other pastured animals?
When bringing a horse back into work, correct feeding and management practices are essential. It is important that the right levels of energy are supplied to achieve optimum body condition, nutrient levels are met, and that the horse’s exercise program is designed to avoid injuries.
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