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Home and Acreage

Many horse owners have their horse on the same property as their house along with enough acreage to support their horse's nutritional needs. Whether you want to design your own property for an overall horse home or you want tips on maintaining your farm or ranch and its acreage, Horse Illustrated has you covered with its articles on home and horse farms. Delve deeper into topics, such as arenas and footing and pastures and fencing. Topics include designing your perfect horse property, building a barn, creating an arena on site and how to maintain that arena, types of footing, pasture maintenance, managing mud, poisonous plants, types of horse fencing, what fencing to avoid, and more.

One of the most important facets of horsekeeping is safe fencing. A safe fence prevents a horse from getting loose or tangled up and injuring himself. Since horses tend to be very curious creatures, it's a safe bet that...
A Textile Riding Hall by equitent_horseexperts - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 de  Maintaining your new arena is important if you want to get the most out of it for your horse’s performance and to create safe footing. George Chatigny...

Poisonous Posies

Learn to identify poisonous plants in your horse’s pasture by visiting these university websites. Plant photos, toxicity ratings, signs of poisoning in horses, first aid and prevention are just part of what you will find at:• Cornell University—www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants• Purdue University—www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/WS/WS_37_ToxicPlants08.pdf Read more...

Proof Is In The Pasture

Pasture-kept horses have the ability to interact socially and are exposed to a rich environment, but have less contact with humans than their stall-kept counterparts. A 1997 study* has found that in spite of decreased human intervention, young pasture...

Healthy Pastures

I have two horses on an acre of pasture grass. I supplement them with hay, but I’m wondering if you can give me some pointers on pasture management? A healthy, active pleasure horse can obtain 100 percent of his nutritional...
Like people, some horses seem to stay fat off the smell of an empty feed sack, while others can consume enough calories to, well, choke a horse without gaining a pound. Few equine management challenges are more distressing than...

Pasture Maintenance

Where your horses are concerned, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The very qualities that attract us to horses—size and strength, intelligence, playfulness, curiosity—are what necessitate a secure turnout environment. So, without fail, regular checks of your pasture...
Meeting a horse's nutritional needs isn't always easy. Many owners mistakenly feed their equine partners as if they were top Olympic show jumpers or United States Equestrian Team endurance champions. But the reality is that many horses are not...

Pasture Safety Checklist

Pastures are like laundry—they're never "done" and need to be kept up with. What may be intact in the spring may need repair by fall, so regular inspections should be part of your barn chores. And, even though your...

Catching a Horse

The rider walks out to the pasture where five horses are grazing. Carrying a halter and lead rope, she leans against a rail and watches. The horses raise their heads, flicking their ears forward. After a few minutes, they...
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