The horse industry in Iowa is growing faster than ever before. From activities surrounding horse breeding, showing, racing, housing, training, riding and care, it employs more than 2,100 people and accounts for millions in revenue each year. The economic impact from horse breeding and owning is doing much to support our state’s ag-centric economy, and we need you to play an important part in making this message heard.
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Horses, unlike ATVs, can't be put away for the winter just because they're not being used. Horse health care is a year-round process, and good nutrition, vaccination schedules, parasite control, and other care should be continued throughout the winter. Here are some reminders about winter horse needs for good ventilation, exercise, feed and water management. Read more about Don’t Just Put Them Away for the Winter
Cold temperatures combined with wet, snowy and windy conditions increase the feed requirements necessary to maintain the body condition in horses. Extra calories are necessary to meet the energy requirements necessary for keeping warm. The best way to meet the increased energy requirements if feeding more good quality hay
There are multiple numbers on your forage analysis report that are related to sugar and starch concentrations in your hay sample. In this newsletter, we will cover sugar and starch measurements, water soluble carbohydrates (WSC), ethanol soluble carbohydrates (ESC), starch, and non-fiber carbohydrates (NFC) and the ranges we have seen in samples analyzed by our lab over the last 10 years.
Owning horses is an expensive endeavor, for those who have the property to properly house their horses ensuring that they are securely kept in a pasture, providing adequate feed and saving wherever you can is a must. One of the best ways to save is by the proper use of rotational grazing. This practice first grew in popularity with cattle ranches and sheep farms, but has become more and more common in horse operations as well.
Agritourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch (Wikipedia). The U.S. horse industry contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact, according to the American Horse Council. The U.S. horse population is estimated at 9.2 million (AHC, 2005).