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Articles by: Oklahoma State University

Physical Conditioning Important for Previously Idle Horses

In movies it is not unusual to see a cowboy ride his horse forever, through all types of weather and terrain; in reality, horses are equine athletes that must be properly conditioned to perform as needed. “The general design of an equine conditioning

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Boarding Checklists Help Ensure Happy Horses and Owners

Equine enthusiasts unable to use their own facilities to house a horse should consult a well-thought-out checklist when looking to board the animal. Dave Freeman, PhD, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist, advises horse

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Hot Summer Tip: Pay Attention to Horse’s Physical State

Summertime temperatures are running wild across the United States this week, with Oklahoma hitting approximately 105 degrees F, which is leading a number of equine owners to study their horse’s heat tolerance with more than a little caution. Other than a general lack of enthusiasm and desire to move to shade, a normal well-acclimated horse should be able to handle Oklahoma

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Summer Pastures: Easy Steps to Proper Fertilization

Hay producers who pay close attention to soil fertility fundamentals are better prepared to meet desired forage production and nutritive value with their fields. This management tool is especially important with introduced forages.

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Nutrition: Monitor, Manage Horse Energy Intake

Eating well is not always eating safely; horse managers who ignore that lesson when feeding their animals might be creating digestive problems for their horses. “Many feeding management recommendations for horses are related to supplying energy safely,” said Dave Freeman, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist. “Most of

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Consider Drainage when Selecting a Horse Barn Site

Want to see an example of less-than-stellar drainage? Check out your own horse barn. One of the most important concerns for a building site is water drainage, which includes water flowing to the building site as well as water moving away from the barn.

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EEE Reports Prompt Horse Vaccination Push

Recent reports of several horses dying from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) serve as a reminder that horse owners should make sure their horses are vaccinated.

“We’ve always recommended that horse owners in Oklahoma vaccinate for it as a preventive measure,” said Carolynn MacAllister, DVM, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension veterinarian.

EEE is spread by mosquitoes.

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