Fencing & Pasture

Flies can be a major nuisance to your horse during the summer months, and can also carry diseases and cause allergic reactions.

Horse Pasture

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - If you let your horse out to graze on pasture for only a few hours each day, and provide hay the rest of the time, you've likely noticed how he approaches the grass like a vacuum cleaner, barely lifting his head the entire time he is outside.

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With the summer sunshine on its way, it’s time for horse property owners to get outside and look for ways to maintain and improve their farms and pastures. The time and effort invested now will help keep your property looking its best and your horses safe, and preserve your beloved country way of life.

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The brown stubble of winter is being replaced by the first tender shoots of green spring grass, and your horse is eager to hit the pasture and mow down. But early spring grass has high sugar and protein content, and a horse that is unaccustomed to its richness (as most horses are after our long Canadian winters) may be at risk for laminitis and colic if he is abruptly turned out to overindulge on lush pasture.

Managing Spring Mud in Your Horse Pastures

By Horse Industry Association of Alberta - Get out your rubber boots – spring is coming (believe it or not). Unfortunately, so is mud. With the heavy snowfall seen in many parts of Canada this past winter, the spring season promises to be messy when the ground starts thawing and the snow starts melting. Mud can cause problems for horse owners. It affects pastures and can cause health issues in horses.

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Purchasing your dream horse property often comes with unexpected challenges as you move from the imagined luxuries of barn life to the realities of having horses outside your backdoor. This is especially true if, like many people, you end up purchasing a home on acreage without the benefit of a complete horse set up

A Billion Reasons to Manage Your Pastures

By John Byrd, DVM - One high-shedder horse can drop 6+ billion eggs that have the potential to become infective larvae in a pasture over a year’s time. One low-shedder horse can drop 1.5+ billion eggs that have the potential to become infective larvae in a pasture over a year’s time. All other shedders fall somewhere in between. Managing parasites in one horse starts with managing the parasite load of the herd, and managing the parasite load in the herd means managing the pastures.

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