University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Equine Resources & Services


Extension resources

The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through research-based education. Extension takes the University to the people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance of all Kentuckians.


eXtension and HorseQuest

The national equine resource team known as HorseQuest began collaborative work to harness the Cooperative Extension System’s best information to provide traditional and expanding clientele a source of reliable and up-to-date horse information on equine science and management. This group of horse experts includes extension horse specialists from around the country, including teaching and research faculty, veterinarians and professional extension staff from leading universities. Internet users can interact with these experts to obtain customized answers to their questions by asking a question and joining an online chat or web cast.  


Horse Pasture Evaluation Program

The Pasture Evaluation Program has been going strong since 2005, conducting 80 evaluations and covering more than 13,500 total farm acres. The three main objectives are to provide detailed pasture management recommendations to horse farm owners and managers; help improve Kentucky’s pastureland to provide more quantity and better quality feed and in turn reduce feed costs in the form of hay; and evaluate tall fescue within pastures and assess its potential to cause fescue toxicity in pregnant broodmares. For more information about the Horse Pasture Evaluation program, please click here.


Horse College

Multi-county educational activity designed for the adult horse owner. The programs are a cooperative activity between Dr. Bob Coleman and county agents. The program is a seminar-based activity with four or five evening sessions covering a variety of topics. The topics for the sessions are selected with host agents to develop a program that meets the needs of their horse owning clients.


Find out more about equine extension here


Equine service centers

Animal Genetic Testing and Research Laboratory

UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory


Informational publications by topic

Equine Economic Issues

Economics of Hay Shortage

Economics of Rotational Grazing

Equine Enterprise Budget


Feeds, Forage, and Pasture Management

2007 Cool-Season Grass Horse Grazing Tolerance Report

Alfalfa: The High Quality Hay for Horses - Poster

Alfalfa Cubes for Horses

Choosing Hay for Horses

Establishing and Managing Horse Pastures

Forage Use and Identification Guide

Forages for Horses

Maintaining Healthy Horse Pastures

New Recommendations for Perennial Ryegrass Seedings for Kentucky Horse Farms

Planning Fencing Systems for Intensive Grazing Management

Temporary Fencing for Horse Pastures

Understanding Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue and Its Effect on Broodmares

Using a Grazing Stick for Pasture Management


Horse Environments

Composting Horse Muck

High Traffic Area Pads for Horses

On-Farm Composting of Animal Mortalities

On-Farm Disposal of Animal Mortalities

Pervious Concrete as a Flooring Material for Horse Handling Areas

Using Dry Lots to Conserve Pastures and Reduce Pollution Potential


Horse Health

Botulism: A Deadly Disease that Can Affect your Horse

Colic in Horses

Controlling Internal Parasites of the Horse

Heaves in Horses

Tapeworms in Horses



 Equine Feeding Management: The How & When of Feeding Horses

 Feeding Young & Growing Horses

 Nutrition of the Broodmare

 Nutrition of the Performance Horse


To search all College of Agriculture publications, visit the online publication resource center.