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 Horse Pasture Evaluation Program began in 2005 as part of the Equine Initiative (now UK Ag Equine Programs) to develop stronger ties with Kentucky’s equine industry. To date, the program has performed 160 evaluations representing more than 30,000 acres in 20 counties. The programs goals are to provide detailed pasture management recommendations to horse farm owners and managers; improve pastureland by increasing forage quality and quantity and reduce the need for stored feeds such as hay and grain; and assess the potential risk of fescue toxicity for pregnant broodmares on pasture. The program is available to horse farms across the state regardless of farm size, breed or discipline. To find out more, please go here

4H Horse Program

About the Kentucky 4-H Horse Program

The objectives of the KENTUCKY 4-H HORSE PROGRAM are to provide a means for 4-H members to:

1.   Develop leadership, initiative, self-reliance, sportsmanship and other desirable traits of character. 

2.   Be better prepared for citizenship responsibilities through working in groups and supporting horse projects and activities. 

3.  Promote a greater love for animals and a humane treatment toward them.

4.  Experience the pride of working with a horse, pony or mule and being responsible for its management and welfare.

5.   Develop an appreciation for horseback riding as a healthy and wholesome form of recreation.

6.   Enhance their horsemanship skills and knowledge as well as understanding the business of breeding, raising and training horses, ponies and/or mules.

7.   Increase their knowledge of basic safety precautions in order to prevent injury to themselves, their horse and others.

The 4-H Horse Program in Kentucky is designed to reach youth that have a passion for horses, whether they own one or not.  The program offers a variety of areas that the 4-Hers can be involved, learn valuble skills, and make friends for life.  To participate in state level 4-H events you must be a member of your county 4-H Horse club and complete 6 hours of education through the club's certified volunteer leader. 

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

Informational publications by topic

Equine Economic Issues

2015 – 2016 Kentucky Agricultural Economic Situation and Outlook

2012 Kentucky Equine Survey

Understanding the Impact of Horse Shows and Competitions in Kentucky

Temporary Fencing for Horse Pastures

Equine Enterprise Budgets

Effects of Management on Reproductive Efficiency in Thoroughbreds

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.