Horse Pasture Management

  • ID: 4539999
  • Book
  • 516 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Horse Pasture Management begins with coverage of the structure, function and nutritional value of plants, thus instructing those working and studying equine management on how to identify pasture grasses, legumes, weeds and toxic plants. Management of soil and plants in a pasture is covered next, followed by horse grazing behavior, feed choices of horses, management of grazing horses, and how to calculate how many horses should be grazing relative to land size. In addition, sections on turf management for equestrian sports and making and preserving hay and silage are included, amongst many other topics.

Contributions are rounded out with a chapter explaining the economic benefits of improvements in pasture management.

  • Provides the basic principles of pasture management for those involved in equine-related fields and study
  • Covers a variety of strategies for managing the behavior, grouping, environment, and feeding needs of animals to ensure horse welfare and health
  • Includes information on environmental best practices, plant and soil assessment, and wildlife concerns
  • Highlights case studies of successful, existing extension programs
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1. Forage plant structure, function, nutrition and growth
2. Identification of forage plant species
3. Nutritional value of pasture plants for horses
4. Soils for horse pasture management
5. Introduction to pasture ecology
6. Pasture establishment, maintenance and renovation
7. Forage yield and its determination
8. Grazing behavior, feed intake and feed choices
9. Managing equine grazing for pasture productivity
10. Multi-species grazing
11. Hay and silage production and management
12. Climate, weather and plant hardiness
13. Matching plant species to your environment, weather and climate
14. Manure, erosion and water quality
15. Fencing and watering systems
16. Pasture related diseases and disorders
17. Co-existing with wildlife
18. The University  of Kentucky extension pasture evaluation program
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Sharpe, Paul H.
Lecturer, researcher, program coordinator, associate director of academic programs
Retired from University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus
Ph.D. in reproductive physiology, University of Saskatchewan
M.Sc. in fertility of cattle in a tropical environment, University of Guelph
B. Sc. Ag. In Animal Science, University of Manitoba
B. Sc. in Zoology and Botany, Brandon University
Conducted research into animal reproduction, forage systems, alternative forages and grazing management
Taught 22 different courses in Biology and Animal Science
Studied and worked in Australia, Jamaica and three Canadian provinces.
Developed and taught Pasture Management course for Equine Management degree program
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