Horse Pasture Management

Horse Pasture Management

1st Edition - November 9, 2018

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  • Editor: Paul Sharpe
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129203
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129197

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Horse Pasture Management begins with coverage of the structure, function and nutritional value of plants, continuing into identification of pasture plants. Management of soil and plants in a pasture is covered next, followed by horse grazing behavior, feed choices of horses, management of grazing horses, and how to calculate how many horses should be grazing relative to land size. Management of hay and silage are included, since year-round grazing is not possible on many horse farms. A number of chapters deal with interactions of a horse farm with the environment and other living things. As an aid in good pasture management, one chapter explains construction and use of fencing and watering systems. Contributions are rounded out with a chapter explaining how the University of Kentucky helps horse farm managers develop their pasture management programs.

Key Features

  • The purpose of the book is to help people provide a better life for horses
  • Provides the basic principles of pasture management for those involved in equine-related fields and study
  • Covers a variety of strategies for managing the behavior, grouping, environmental, and feeding needs of grazing horses to ensure high levels of welfare and health
  • Includes information on environmental best practices, plant and soil assessment, and wildlife concerns
  • Explains pasture-related diseases and toxic plants to be avoided
  • Includes links to useful resources and existing extension programs


Advanced students, professors, and academics involved in certificate, diploma or degree programs in equine studies and horse management, agricultural and equine extension specialists and consultants; researchers in these areas and horse behavior, physiology, and nutrition; veterinarians; feed industry staff; 4-H and Pony Club leaders

Table of Contents

  • 1. Forage plant structure, function, nutrition and growth
    2. Identification of forage plant species
    3. Nutritional value of pasture plants for horses
    4. Soils for horse pasture management
    5. Introduction to pasture ecology
    6. Pasture establishment, maintenance and renovation
    7. Forage yield and its determination
    8. Grazing behavior, feed intake and feed choices
    9. Managing equine grazing for pasture productivity
    10. Multi-species grazing
    11. Hay and silage production and management
    12. Climate, weather and plant hardiness
    13. Matching plant species to your environment, weather and climate
    14. Manure, erosion and water quality
    15. Fencing and watering systems
    16. Pasture related diseases and disorders
    17. Co-existing with wildlife
    18. The University  of Kentucky extension pasture evaluation program

Product details

  • No. of pages: 442
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: November 9, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129203
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129197

About the Editor

Paul Sharpe

Lecturer, researcher, program coordinator, associate director of academic programs Retired from University of Guelph Ph.D. in reproductive physiology, University of Saskatchewan M.Sc. in fertility of cattle in a tropical environment, University of Guelph B. Sc. Ag. In Animal Science, University of Manitoba B. Sc. in Zoology and Botany, Brandon University Conducted research into animal reproduction, forage systems, alternative forages and grazing management Taught 22 different courses in Biology and Animal Science Studied and worked in Australia, Jamaica and three Canadian provinces. Developed and taught Pasture Management course for Equine Management degree program Dr. Paul Sharpe is a lecturer, researcher, program coordinator, and the retired Associate Director of Academic Programs at the University of Guelph. He received his PhD in reproductive physiology from University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Sharpe has conducted research into animal reproduction, forage systems, alternative forages, and grazing management. He has studied and worked in Australia, Jamaica and three Canadian provinces. He also developed and taught the Pasture Management course for the Equine Management degree program at the University of Guelph.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, researcher, program coordinator, and the retired Associate Director of Academic Programs, University of Guelph; Canadian Society of Animal Science; National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics; Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs

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  • Lucie G. Tue Feb 22 2022

    Horse pasture management

    Very good book. It’s a bible for someone who wants to learn about this topic.

  • PaulVoroney Sun Jan 20 2019

    Horse Pasture Management review

    Loved the textbook- each chapter well presented. Highly recommended to my colleagues in the equine program..

  • Mickie Wed Jan 09 2019

    First of its kind! Very Comprehensive!

    This book is a wonderful teaching tool, or informative book for the serious farm owner! If you are teaching a forages class you need this book! If you are a farm owner and want to take care of your land and pastures you need this book! Everything you need is all here!

  • Sherrene D. Tue Jan 08 2019

    Horse Pasture Management

    I really like how the book was put together. A great job by all authors and editors.