Horse Pasture Management

Horse Pasture Management

2nd Edition - August 1, 2023

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  • Editor: Paul Sharpe
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323950848

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Horse Pasture Management, Second Edition provides updated coverage on strategies for managing behavior, grouping, environments and feeding needs of grazing horses. Sections cover the structure, function and identification of forages, continuing into nutritional value of pasture plants. Management of soil, the function of a pasture ecosystem and management of plants in a pasture is covered next, followed by forage yield determination, 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. Advantages of grazing more than one species of animal are described. Management of hay and silage are included since year-round grazing is not possible on many horse farms. Several chapters deal with interactions of a horse farm with the environment, including climate and weather and other living things. The book also covers strategies for managing manure, erosion, and water quality. It is ideal for researchers, scientists and students involved in animal science, specifically equine studies. Agriculturists, equine managers and veterinarians will also find this book useful.

Key Features

  • Includes information on environmental best practices, plant and soil assessments, and wildlife concerns
  • Features a new section on reducing carbon emissions and increasing sustainability using horse farms
  • Explains pasture-related diseases, weed management and toxic plants to be avoided
  • Offers extra reading recommendations for useful resources and existing extension programs


Animal scientists and veterinarians, specifically those involved in equine work, Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in agricultural science, animal science, veterinary studies, and equine studies

Table of Contents

  • 1. Forage Plant Structure, Function, Nutrition, and Growth
    2. Identification of Temperate Pasture Grasses and Legumes
    3. Nutritional Value of Pasture Plants for Horses
    4. Soils for Horse Pasture Management
    5. Introduction to Pasture Ecology
    6. Pasture Plant Establishment and Management
    7. Forage Yield and Its Determinations
    8. Grazing Behavior, Feed Intake, and Feed Choices
    9. Managing Equine Grazing for Pasture Productivity
    10. Mixed Species Grazing
    11. Production and Management of Hay and Haylage
    12. Climate, Weather, and Plant Hardiness
    13. Matching Plant Species to Your Environment, Weather, and Climate
    14. Managing Manure, Erosion, and Water Quality in and Around Horse Pastures
    15. Fencing and Water Systems
    16. Pasture-Related Diseases and Disorders
    17. Coexisting with Wildlife
    18 University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program
    19. Identification and Control of Weeds and Toxic Plants
    20. Relative Advantages of Various Forages
    21. Unique Pasture Situations for the Southern United States
    22. The Role of Horse Farms in Sustainability Contribution and Reducing Climate Change

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: August 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323950848

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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