equine health

Pasture, Soil & Grasses

Horse Worms and Worming
When to Deworm Horses
Controlling Horse Worms on Pasture
Worm Resistance to Wormers
Ragwort

Pasture Management for Horses

Good pasture management is a vital part in maintaining a healthy horse. Some misguided owners think that turning a horse out to grass will provide adequate nourishment. Sadly, all too often the grass is on poor quality land and has been over grazed.

Horses need quality leys seeded with nutritional grass mixtures, well fertilised and kept free of noxious weeds. Soil types and location determine the type of herbage and grasses that will flourish on your land.

Turning your horse out and forgetting him, for days on end, is sure to result in a sick depressed horse. Leaving a horse alone in a field is unnatural, as horses are herd animals needing companionship to thrive. A companion animal need not be another horse. Donkeys, goats and small ponies all make good companions for horses.

Parasite infestations are a problem on all horse grazing. Good hygiene practices are essential to keep pasture healthy. Keep fields clean and safe with routine measures such as rotation, faeces removal and fence mending. Simply turning your horse out into a weed and parasite infested, bare field is a sure way to own a sick dead horse. Worm infestations can lead to colic, bloat, ulcers,lung and even heart problems.

Fungal spores and bacteria thrive in mud harbouring nasties such as mud fever. Rain water dripping from trees can cause rain scald. Horses need shelter, water, mud free areas and clean feed buckets. Please show you care about your horse's welfare give some thought to the field your horse lives in.

Informative articles, to help you make the most of your pasture, will be found in this section.

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