Pastures

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Fast Facts About Fencing

Industry experts offer some tried and true tips. Want to know more about equine enclosures? From building brace assemblies to patching holes, we've got you covered.

? Kate Light.

How to compost horse manure

The best way to keep this mountain of waste from becoming unmanageable is to compost. Not only does it solve the problem of accumulating waste, but horse manure compost is a useful, even valuable, product to use on the rest of your property.

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Careful with that Grass

The beginning of March signals the first signs of spring in many parts of the country, and with it, the pastures are beginning to go green.

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Spring Grass Cautions

As you prepare to graze your horses on spring-green grass, consider these hidden health risks.

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Easy-Does-It Snow Removal

Snow removal doesn't have to cost oodles and take time away from horses and family

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A Creative Storage Solution

Investigate hay cargo containers if you find yourself in need of additional storage solutions around your farm.

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Nature-scaping

Put native plants and animals to work on your horse property

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Green Barn Tip

Be green and environmentally friendly with certified weed-free hay to help prevent noxious, non-native species from gaining a foothold in the western states.

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Conserve Clean Farm Water

Maybe you conserve farm water, are driving less and walking more, composting manure, and using a worm bin. By conserving farm water we help keep watersheds clean.

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Heated Water Buckets Prevent Dehydration in Horses

Not surprisingly, when winter hits, your horse doesn't feel much like drinking ice water either. In fact, the closer your horse's water is to freezing temperature, the less he will be inclined to drink it. Yet it's essential to keep your horse well hydrated during winter. Having your horse's body fluids at optimum levels will be his best defense against the cold—and colic. Adequate water in your horse's system allows him to efficiently digest feed and convert food calories into body heat.

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Ground an Electrical Fence Properly in Horse Pastures, Paddocks, and Arenas

Learn how to properly ground an eletrical fence so it's safe for you and your horse.

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Safe Pasture Fencing for Horse Pastures, Horse Fields & Horse Paddocks

When you buy a new property, or want to redo your fields and pastures fencing to safely accommodate horses, you want to do it right.

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Get Your Horse Easily Out of Your Pasture

Taking your horse out of the pasture seems simple enough. Just open the gate and walk on through, right? Well, that's not quite the case if your horse has pasture-mates eager to escape behind you and your horse. To help keep the rest of your horses contained as you exit the pasture, try these seven simple steps to get through the gate.

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Create a Healthy Spring Pasture

In most regions across the country, green blades of grass are just starting to peek out from the ground. To get a head start on a healthy pasture for your horses, try these tips from Carey Williams, Ph.D, equine extension specialist at Rutgers University.

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Creating the Perfect Horse Paddock

Here is a quick and pain-free guide to making sure your horses have a proper paddock.

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Horse Pasture Seeds Help Your Pasture Management

Horse pasture seeds may help rebuild your pasture when weeds take over. It doesn't take much grazing pressure to change the dynamics of a plant population within a horse pasture, especially during drought.

Fencing comes in a variety of materials and forms. Translating the options can help you decide what's best for you.

Glossary of Fencing Terms

Use these definitions to help you sort through fencing types and terms.

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Electric Pasture Fencing for Horses

Electric pasture fencing is a quick, inexpensive way to contain horses and to make existing fences safer and longer lasting. A mild shock of the electric pasture fence provides an effective deterrent to keep horses from chewing on, rubbing against, or pushing through pasture fencing.

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Strategies to Deter Horses Chewing Wood

It's not unusual for horses with too much free time on their hands to start chewing wood. This does not mean the horse has deficiencies, assures Dr. Eleanor Kellon. However, it can wreak havoc with your fences, pillars and posts, not to mention your horse's digestive tract.

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Good Horse Latches Keep Horses Safe and Secure

Gate latches are a serious issue at barns, paddocks and stalls. Latches need to be easy to open for humans both horseback and afoot. Latches also need to be safe and secure to keep horses in and injury free.

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Tractors and Implements for Horse Pasture and Horse Arena Care

The equipment you need to keep your fields trimmed and your riding surfaces level will depend on how large these areas are, and how many horses and riders use them.

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Supplement Your Horse Pasture

The best place to start looking for advice regarding what minerals are likely to be in short supply in your pasture is your state university's agriculture department. Information is often available down to the county level.

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Portable Round Pen Pointers

Portable Round Pen Pointers -- If you're in the market for a portable round pen, here are some basics to keep in mind.