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Managing Small-acreage Horse Farms for Green Pastures, Clean Water, and Healthy Horses - Horses, grass, manure, soil, and water are all connected. How you manage one affects the others. For example, when, where, and how long your animals graze affects grass regrowth, weed competition, and the safety of your well water. How you deal with water runoff affects your horse's health, nearby streams, and your enjoyment of your farm. By managing each aspect of your farm well, the result will be greener pastures, less mud, healthier horses, and more personal satisfaction.
Managing Small-acreage Horse Farms in Central and Eastern Oregon - Horses, grass, manure, soil, and water are all connected. How you manage one affects the others. For example, when, where, and how long your animals graze affects grass regrowth, weed competition, and the safety of your well water. How you deal with water runoff affects your horse's health, nearby streams, and your enjoyment of your farm. By managing each aspect of your farm well, the result will be greener pastures, less mud, healthier horses, and more personal satisfaction.
Housing for Horses - Owning a horse can be an incredibly rewarding experience. One of the biggest decisions is choosing a place to keep your horse. What considerations should you take to choose a place that best fits your and your horse's needs.
Identifying Abnormal Equine Behavior - Vices affect a horse's usefulness, dependability and health. These bad habits may be due to a variety of causes including fear, nervousness, excessive energy, viciousness, nutritional deficiencies or boredom.
Breeds, Reproduction & Foaling
Managing your Pregnant Mare and Her Foal - Proper mare management is essential to ensure the birth of a live, healthy foal with the greatest probability of survival and success in performance. One of the most exciting and rewarding experiences for horse owners is raising a foal. Watching a foal grow and mature into a good youth horse, pleasure mount, or even a world champion can be a thrill, but it does require effort, time, and horsemanship skills. Early management decisions help determine the relative success of the foal's entire life.
Horse Breeds Information - This site is intended as an educational and informational resource on breeds of livestock throughout the world.
Equine Colors and Makings - The accurate description of coat color and white markings is the most common method used to identify horses. Although there is some regional or breed variation in the terminology used, the basic terminology is fairly standard.
Basic Horse Nutrition - Knowing the basics of equine nutrition is essential to properly caring for your animal. This guide provides basic nutritional background every horse owner should know.
How to Feed a Horse: Understanding the Basic Principles of Horse Nutrition - The law requires commercial horse feed manufacturers to put information concerning their feed on a "feed tag," which is either attached to or printed directly on the bag. This tag provides essential information on what the horse will be eating. However, most horse owners either don’t understand or don’t take the time to read this information. This publication explains your horse’s nutritional needs, common guidelines to observe when feeding your horse and how to determine if your horse’s nutritional requirements are being met.
Feeding Alternatives for Horses - A balanced ration for horses should provide nutrients required for body maintenance, growth, reproduction, and work. These nutrients include carbohydrates and fats (energy), protein, vitamins, minerals, and water. Rations will vary with the needs of the horse taking into account there level of activity or production.
Nutritional Management for Horses - The basic nutritional management for horses should be the same, whether you are feeding a horse to win a 4-H show, a competitive trail ride, or the Kentucky Derby. The ultimate goal in feeding should be to have a healthy horse able to perform in the desired manner.
Introduction to Horse Health - It is important to vaccinate a horse against certain diseases, deworm it regularly, and properly care for the teeth and feet. Horses are susceptible to conditions such as colic and laminitis, which can greatly diminish the horse's usefulness, or even end in death. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of health issues horse owners face.
Mud & Manure Management
Manure Management in Small Farm Livestock Operations (out-of-date publication, use for informational purposes only) - This publication discusses manure as a pollution source, how its constituents can contaminate surface and groundwater, and what practices can help prevent pollution. Best management practices that can help protect water quality and maintain farm's productivity are outlined.
Composting: An Alternative for Livestock Manure Management and Disposal of Dead Animals - Composting is a naturally occurring process that farmers have used for centuries. Under the right conditions, microorganisms grow and multiply, converting the original organic material into a more stable, usable product. Organic materials suitable for composting include leaves, yard and garden debris, grass or cereal straw, food waste, sewage sludge, and livestock manure.
Manure Management Practices to Reduce Water Pollution (out-of-date publication, use for informational purposes only) - Allowing manure to flow into surface waters can cause pollution. Pollution exists when water quality is reduced and becomes unacceptable for designated beneficial uses. Most pollution results when manure comes in contact with runoff or surface water.
Other Equine Resources
The Horse - This resources offers a vast selection of equine publications, products, and services. Topics such as horse care, diseases and conditions, nutrition, hoof care, lameness, farm and barn, breeding and reproduction, vet and professional, and more.