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.
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.
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.
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