As horse owners, and even on the smallest of properties, we sometimes forget we are grass and forage farmers for our horses. Whether you have grazing pastures to manage, you are growing or just buying hay and roughage, it helps to get know your grasses and legumes.
Rebecca Feasey isn’t one of those people who grew up on the back of a horse. Growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, she didn’t get her first horse until the age of 26, when she took the plunge and bought a former trail horse from an acquaintance who was closing down his business.
Series: Pastures for Horses
Part 2 of the series on pastures for horses. As horse owners, and even on the smallest of properties, we sometimes forget that we are grass and forage farmers for our horses. Whether you manage grazing pastures or agist your horses, it helps to know more about grasses and legumes.
This article focuses on grasses classed as C4, warm season or tropical grasses that were introduced to Australia and are now commonly found in pastures. Despite their tropical name, some of these grasses also grow in cooler, temperate areas. This is Part 3 of Mairette van den Berg's series Pastures For Horses.
When European settlers first arrived in Australia, grasslands and grassy woodlands covered much of the continent. Many of the explorers referred to grasses as the dominant plants in the landscape.
In this first of its kind study, a collaboration between Ohio State University, an equine therapy centre and an adult daycare centre, researchers determined that spending time with horses eases the symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia.
Name: Fenugreek Biological name: Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Parts used: Seeds and sometimes the aerial parts. Contains: Alkaloids, amino acids, arginine, aspartic acid, bioflavonoids, calcium, choline, cystine, fats, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, iron, isoleucine, lecithin, leucine, lysine, magnesium, manganese, methionine, oestrogen, phosphorus, potassium, proline, serine, selenium, sodium, steroidal saponins, sucrose, tryptophan, tyrosine, trypsin, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid, B12, C, D and E.
During exercise, heat is produced as a by-product of skeletal muscle contractions. To prevent overheating and maintain core body temperature, horses have to lose this generated heat.