Grazing Muzzles and How to Fit Them - Grazing muzzles are a tool to help keep both your horses and pasture healthy in the early spring and fall. A muzzle will reduce the consumption of grasses that tend to have high sugar content but still provide your horse activity in the pasture. A grazing muzzle is also a method to prevent overgrazing of pasture grasses in the early spring and fall when plants are beginning to grow.
Horse Hoof Poultice Wrap - This video demonstrates how to properly wrap your horse's hoof when treating an abscess. Hoof abscesses are fairly common when horses are in wet, muddy conditions. To help prevent abscesses review horse farm management ideas in the publications in the section below.
Horse Hoof Diaper Wrap - This video will show you how to wrap a horse's hoof when you need protection in a pinch. This wrap may be used if horse has pulled a shoe off or has a sensitive hoof that you want to keep clean until you can consult with your veternarian or farrier. This method literally uses a diaper!
Horse Farm Management
Managing Small-Acreage Horse Farms in Western Oregon and Western Washington - Horses, grass, manure, soil and water are all interconnected. How you manage one affects the others. Following these seven steps can make your horse farm safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly. Learn more about horse grazing habits, pasture rotation, weed control and manure management.
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.
Introduction to 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.
Breeds, Reproduction & Foaling
Breeds of Livestock: Horses - This site is intended as an educational and informational resource on breeds of livestock throughout the world.
Cornell University: Cornell Equine Park - The Cornell Equine Park is the "hidden gem" of the College of Veterinary Medicine with 165 acres of green pastures, 62-stall main barn, stallion and broodmare barns, all less than two miles away from the College. The entire facility is a learning lab for DVM students and researchers, with the horses as the teachers.
Health & Nutrition
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.
Managing Hypochaeris radiata May Prevent Stringhalt Disease in Horses - Hypochaeris radiata is also so known as false dandelion, flatweed, common catsear or summer dandelion. Stringhalt is a neurological condition that affects the mobility in a horse’s hind legs. It is characterized by a jerky, exaggerated flexion of one or both hocks towards the abdomen with a delayed extension when moving forward. If the horse is diagnosed with stringhalt after being on pasture, it is referred to as pasture stringhalt.
Composting & Manure Utilization
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.
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.