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Pastures and Fencing

Horse pastures provide a large portion of a horse's nutrition and room to exercise, while horse fencing keeps horses safe from harm. Topics surrounding pastures from Horse Illustrated include maintenance, how to provide the proper nutrients for your horse, how to keep him safe from excess sugars in the grass, poisonous plants, growing hay, creating fields from scratch on the new farm, and more. Topics surrounding your horse's enclosures include what materials are safe and appropriate for horses, how to maintain fencing, ways to save money when creating your horse property, and more. Horse Illustrated has all you need to know to keep your horses safe and healthy on the farm.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and the herbicide Roundup®, which includes the active ingredient called glyphosate, continue to affect the health of our horses every day. Science has documented gastric ulcers in pigs, liver and kidney damage in rats, and...
An accurate diagnosis is the foundation for effective treatment of any equine health issue and especially so for allergic conditions that impact equine respiratory function, such as identifying equine asthma allergens. Haygain’s long-standing commitment to research has recently resulted...
Some plants can be quite toxic to horses, so it’s important to watch out for them in pastures and hay. While the complete list of poisonous plants is extensive, here are some common plants that are toxic and may...
Horse owners can attest that their days aren’t all filled with riding fun. There is plenty of work that comes along with the responsibility of horses. Tasks like daily feeding, stall cleaning, trough scrubbing and filling, and moving hay...
No matter what kind of fencing you use for your horses, it’s going to need maintenance and repairs from time to time. But here’s something to think about: autumn is a good time to work on fencing. Winter is...
A secure gate attached to a safe and sturdy fence is the only barrier between your horse and all the trouble he can get into should he get loose–a compelling reason to check fencing carefully and often. Some fence...
 Q: I have a nice pasture at my house and I’m thinking about bringing home a Miniature Horse. However, my pasture has various fruit trees, including apple, fig and black walnut, among others. Is it safe to keep a...
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...

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...

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...
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