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Acceptability and Nutritional Value of Teff for Grazing Horses

Teff grass was found to be readily acceptable to grazing horses.

Preference of Shade for Domestic Horses in Hot, Sunny Weather

Results indicated that individually-housed horses prefer to utilize shade when it is available in hot, sunny environments.

Effect of Day-time vs. Night-time Grazing in Horses

Owners with horses prone to laminitis should try to avoid grazing their horses at the end of the day, when grasses peak in NSC concentrations.

To maximize forage use and promote uniform grazing, mixtures containing meadow fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and timothy should be planted in horse pastures in the North Central U.S.

Preliminary results suggest that the effectiveness of grazing muzzles in reducing herbage mass intake depends on the grass being grazed.

Data suggests that farm owners are aware of some recommended pasture best management practices for horse farms, but practices are not fully or consistently implemented.

Cool-Season Pasture Grasses

Plant mixtures of Kentucky bluegrass, orchardgrass, and tall and meadow fescue.

AM vs PM grazing

Horses ate more in the PM, likely in response to increases in nonstructural carbohydrates.

Restricted grazing

Ponies anticipated the restricted grazing time period and ate more quickly.

Equine grazing preferences

Timothy, Kentucky bluegrass, and quackgrass were most preferred.

Equine pasture consumption

Horses consumed more dry matter during the first 4 hours than the second 4.

Continuous vs rotational grazing

Rotational grazing has benefits for pasture yield.

Donkey thistle control

Using donkeys to reduce plumeless thistle infestations in pastures

GPS and pasture grazing behavior

In 36 hours, horses traveled an average of 7 miles.

N fertilizer application rates and timings

The optimum time to apply N is early May and early August.

Pasture fertilizing

Incorporating stall material into the soil can reduce use of inorganic fertilizers.

Pasture turnout and horse fitness

Pastured horses have greater fitness and bone density.

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