In this second of a two-part series, we will explore additional toxic plants that may be found in your pasture.
Buttercup is known for its yellow, cup-shaped flowers paired with sharply lobed leaves and a thin stem. If there is more desirable feed available, horses will typically avoid eating buttercup due to its acrid taste and the direct blistering to the mouth that it causes. Fortunately, this plant is no longer toxic after a hard frost or when dried and mixed into hay. Still, it is best to irradiate this plant from your pasture if possible, as it may cause the following symptoms:
Turning your horse out to pasture is a great way to allow it to get some variety in its diet while also reducing your feed bill. Before you allow your horse to roam freely and eat as it pleases from your pasture, however, it is essential to ensure the pasture is free from plants that could be poisonous to your horse. In this first of a three-part series, we will explore some potentially dangerous plants in your pasture.
Just as with humans, horses can face a number of dental issues that may need to be addressed. Some of these include:
The American Association of Equine Practitioners recommends providing horses with a veterinary oral and dental examination at least once per year. For those who are younger than five or over the age of 20, more frequent exams may be necessary. The same is true for horses with known dental issues.
Just as with humans, an important part of your horse’s healthcare is to care for its teeth. Altogether, a horse has the capacity to have up to 44 teeth by the time it is an adult. These teeth include: Read More
The heard mentality is something that has been ingrained in horses since their wild herd days. While this mentality helps to safeguard the herd in the wild while also maintaining family groups, it can become problematic when dealing with domesticated horses. So, what exactly is the herd mentality and what can you do if it becomes a problem? Read More
Allowing your horse to grave on a pasture is certainly a good thing to do, but it is important to ensure you are properly caring for your pasture to ensure your horses are getting the proper nutrients from grazing. To keep your pasture healthy, keep these three things in mind. Read More
When pasturing a horse, installing safe fencing is essential. While you may be tempted to install barbed wire, it is important to note that this type of fencing is not safe for horses. While cattle have tough hides that can withstand barbed wire, this is not true for horses. As such, injury can occur when barbed wire is installed to serve as fencing for horses. Read More
Making a few structural changes can significantly help to increase the level of comfort for your cattle during the hot summer months. When considering how to make these changes, here are a few things to keep in mind.
During the hot summer months of Arizona, it is even more important to take steps to ensure your cattle are able to withstand the heat. With a few feeding changes, you can help t ensure your cattle are well-prepared for the heat.