Smell and color are clues, but not determinants of hay quality. The only way to be sure of hay quality is by testing for nutritional measures. Then match those with the nutritional demands of individual horses.
Feeding our horses is typically the largest expense in horse ownership, but feeding them according to their nutrient demands could offer some cost savings. Selecting a good quality hay for our horses often becomes a battle of which… Read More
Equine Laminitis Laminitis is caused by disruption of the blood flow to the laminae tissue, a connective tissue that holds the pedal (coffin) bone to the hoof wall. After enough of the laminae tissue has died, the coffin… Read More
Horse Vaccinations There are many vaccinations available for horse owners to better protect their animals from diseases. In the fact-sheet below, a general description and guideline is given for common vaccines, but owners should always consult their veterinarians… Read More
August is typically the hottest month of the year in Florida so it may seem crazy to be planning for the cool-season. But now is definitely the time to finalize your winter grazing plan. Maintaining a successful operation… Read More
Proper grazing management is the best insurance on bahiagrass pastures, but re-establishment is sometimes necessary. Follow an 8″ and 3″ rule: when the grass reaches 8″ allow horses to graze, and when it reaches 3″ remove animals from… Read More
Often, I am on farms and get asked the million dollar question “Why don’t I have any grass?” or “How can I grow grass?” As much as I wish I held the secret to rapid, prolific grass; I… Read More
Deworming Horses Nearly everyone has heard of the growing issue of chemical-resistant internal parasites and how they can potentially impact an animal. In this fact-sheet, the importance of creating a deworming schedule based on fecal egg counts is… Read More