Horse Pasture Renovations Benefit Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm

A Kentucky Thoroughbred farm is reaping the benefits of healthier mares and foals after making horse pasture renovations over the past year with guidance from University of Kentucky personnel.
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Mill Ridge manager Marc Richardson said the farm lost no mares or foals during the 2018 foaling season after undertaking pasture renovations. | Photo: Dr. Jimmy Henning, UK Extension Forage Specialist

A Kentucky Thoroughbred horse farm is reaping the benefits of healthier mares and foals after making horse pasture renovations over the past year with guidance from University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment personnel.

In 2017, Mill Ridge Farm, in Lexington, experienced significant foaling problems which farm manager Marc Richardson believed were linked to fescue toxicity.

“Last year, we had multiple foalings that required veterinarians to come out,” he said. “We also had mares that did not have any milk production

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