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.
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.
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
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).
Healthy Horse = Happy Horse! Find resources to keep horses healthy and happy on this page.
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.
Information for Iowa Equine owners on Coronavirus, bio-security at Equine facilities, business-related resources. Information for youth activities is included.
Navicular disease in horses is also known as Navicular syndrome. The result is the inflammation or degeneration of the navicular bone and its surrounding tissues, typically in the front feet of the horse. This disease can lead to significant or disabling lameness of a horse
Forages as hay or pasture make up the significant share of the daily intake of a horse. Horses are natural grass eaters with front teeth suited for biting off the grass. The molars chew and grind bulky feed, such as hay and coarse grains. A mature horse that is not working hard will eat 1.5 to 2 pounds of air-dry feed per 100 pounds of body weight. That would be 15 to 20 pounds of hay daily for a 1,000-pound horse. In Iowa, horses will require about 2 tons of hay per head per year plus summer pasture. When meeting nutrient requirements, carefully consider forage quality and nutrient content.
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.