Horse Pasture Management

Horse Pasture Management Pdf

By Paul Sharpe

Horse Pasture Management PDF begins with coverage of the structure, function and nutritional value of plants, continuing into identification of pasture plants. Management of soil and plants in a pasture is covered next, followed by horse grazing behavior, feed choices of horses, management of grazing horses, and how to calculate how many horses should be grazing relative to land size. Management of hay and silage are included, since year-round grazing is not possible on many horse farms. A number of chapters deal with interactions of a horse farm with the environment and other living things. As an aid in good pasture management, one chapter explains construction and use of fencing and watering systems.

Contributions are rounded out with a chapter explaining how the University of Kentucky helps horse farm managers develop their pasture management programs.

  • The purpose of the book is to help people provide a better life for horses
  • Provides the basic principles of pasture management for those involved in equine-related fields and study
  • Covers a variety of strategies for managing the behavior, grouping, environmental, and feeding needs of grazing horses to ensure high levels of welfare and health
  • Includes information on environmental best practices, plant and soil assessment, and wildlife concerns
  • Explains pasture-related diseases and toxic plants to be avoided
  • Includes links to useful resources and existing extension programs

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Table of Contents

Front Matter







Chapter 1 – Forage Plant Structure, Function, Nutrition, and Growth

Chapter 2 – Identification of Temperate Pasture Grasses and Legumes

Chapter 3 – Nutritional Value of Pasture Plants for Horses

Chapter 4 – Soils for Horse Pasture Management

Chapter 5 – Introduction to Pasture Ecology

Chapter 6 – Pasture Plant Establishment and Management

Chapter 7 – Forage Yield and Its Determination

Chapter 8 – Grazing Behavior, Feed Intake, and Feed Choices

Chapter 9 – Managing Equine Grazing for Pasture Productivity

Chapter 10 – Mixed Species Grazing

Chapter 11 – Production and Management of Hay and Haylage

Chapter 12 – Climate, Weather, and Plant Hardiness

Chapter 13 – Matching Plant Species to Your Environment, Weather, and Climate

Chapter 14 – Managing Manure, Erosion, and Water Quality in and Around Horse Pastures

Chapter 15 – Fencing and Watering Systems

Chapter 16 – Pasture-Related Diseases and Disorders

Chapter 17 – Coexisting With Wildlife

Chapter 18 – University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program

Appendix 1 – Units of Measurement and Conversion Factors

Appendix 2 – Measuring Forage Dry Matter Yield Using Clipped Forage Samples

Appendix 3 – Graphic Representation of Changes in Sward Density and Forage Yield With

Appendix 4 – Independent Evaluation of Falling Plate Meter and Rising Plate Meter

Appendix 5 – Soil Maps from University of Kentucky Pasture Evaluation Program

Appendix 6 – 2016 Field Recommendations: Central Kentucky Horse Farm

Appendix 7 – Answers to Review Questions

Appendix 8 – Metric Equivalents for Hay Bale Sizes, as Described in Chapter 11

Appendix 9 – Environmental Risk Assessment Survey for Farms


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