Resources for Horses

Title Available As Summary Date ID Author
Easy Keepers: Managing Horses Prone to Obesity May 1, 2009 2805-1002
Hay Preferences for Horse Owners in Northern and Central Virginia May 1, 2009 2807-1004
On Farm Mortality Disposal Options for Livestock Producers
All livestock producers at some point are faced with decisions regarding how to dispose of livestock mortality from their farm. Each option has its own benefits and limitations based on accessibility, regulatory restrictions, expense, and biosecurity concerns. Livestock producers should also know that it is their responsibility to dispose of dead animals within 48 hours by one of the approved methods highlighted below. There are approved and preferred methods of animal mortality management according to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Farmers should choose the option that best suits their farm’s mortality disposal needs.
Jul 31, 2013 2909-1412 (ANR-77NP)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Equine Release, Waiver, and Indemnification Statement Jun 19, 2014 388-035 (4H-304NP)
VT Policy Guidelines for Open vs. 4-H Horse Events Jun 27, 2014 4H-306NP
Basic Information Agents need to know about Virginia’s 4-H Horse Program Jul 20, 2016 4H-307NP (APSC-125NP)
General Horse Information Agents Need To Know Jul 20, 2016 4H-308 (APSC-127P)
4-H Horse Judging Project Record Book Level 1
This project book is intended for use by enrolled members of the 4-H program. 4-H members interested in completing this book do not need to own or ride horses. Members who have horses may also participate in this project. 4-H members should be active members of a 4-H club and complete this project under the supervision of an adult volunteer leader. 4-H members of all ages may complete this project book. This project is intended to be completed in one year. However, there is no time limit on completion. 4-H members may repeat this book as many times as desired. Members are encouraged to complete one Horse Judging Project Record Book for each year that they are actively participating in horse judging. 4-H members must complete Horse Judging Project Record Book Level 1 before they begin work in this book.
Mar 4, 2016 4H-316NP (4H-568P)
4-H Horse Judging Project Record Book Level 2
This project book will be used to further the education of 4-H members who are interested in horse judging and have already completed the 4-H Horse Judging Project Record Book Level 1.
Mar 2, 2016 4H-317NP (4H-569P)
Virginia 4-H State Horse Program
An educational organization for youth, ages 5-19, for those who love horses. Horse ownership not required!
Mar 2, 2016 4H-570NP
Feeding and Management of Weanling Horses for Healthy Skeletal Development May 1, 2009 406-007
Virginia 4-H Horse Project Measurement Card Jun 27, 2014 406-050 (4H -305NP)
Members should also enroll in the Horse Management project and keep an accurate and up-to-date management record. Participate in the riding series is strictly on an elective basis. The riding projects should be closely supervised by a horse project leader. Numerous standard references may be used for completing the diagrams, questions, etc. Members should have the basic equipment for riding and the use of a suitable riding animal.
Feb 19, 2016 406-053 (4H-559P)
Horse Manure Management May 1, 2009 406-208
Health Care for Horses May 1, 2009 406-308
Nutritional Supplementation for Horses on Pasture in Virginia May 1, 2009 406-477
Equine Emergency Preparedness in Virginia Apr 16, 2010 406-500
Virginia's Horse Pastures: Grazing Management May 1, 2009 418-101
Virginia's Horse Pastures: Forage Species for Horse Pastures May 1, 2009 418-102
Virginia's Horse Pastures: Forage Establishment May 1, 2009 418-103
Virginia's Horse Pastures: Renovating Old Pastures May 1, 2009 418-104
Maintaining Healthy Horse Pastures May 1, 2009 418-105
Nutrient Management for Small Farms Oct 8, 2010 442-305
Selection and Location of Poultry and Livestock Manure Storage Nov 19, 2009 442-307
To Clear or Not To Clear -- That Is the Question
The economic and ecological considerations of clear cutting wooded acreage.
May 1, 2009 465-340
Options for Clearing Land: Pasture Establishment for Horses May 1, 2009 465-341
Equine Evacuation Sites during Emergencies Oct 25, 2018 ANR-228NP (APSC-150NP)
Tapping the Horse Hay Market
Many horse managers have a keen eye for hay quality, but their buying habits may seem fickle because they need forages to fit an array of unique preferences and animal performance requirements.
Jan 9, 2017 ANR-241NP
Eldon Farm's Graze 300 VA System Dec 4, 2017 ANR-290NP
Catastrophic Livestock and Poultry Carcass Disposal
This guide is intended to assist Virginia’s farmers in understanding their mortality disposal options during natural disasters and non-infectious disease events. Blizzards, tornadoes, extreme heat, and floods are just a few examples of the severe weather events that may result in significant losses to farm animal populations. Animal losses often cause significant financial losses to the farmers who rely on the income from these animals. Compounding the financial impact of these animal losses is the burden of responsibly disposing of the resulting animal carcasses. Improperly managed, animal carcasses have the potential to spread disease and contaminate surface and groundwater supplies.
Nov 19, 2013 ANR-76NP (ANR-90NP)
Fall Panicum Toxicity In Horses
Fall Panicum is a common annual warm season grass that can be hepatotoxic (cause liver disease) in horses under certain growing conditions. Toxicity in horses was documented in Virginia in 2004 when fourteen horses were diagnosed with liver disease as a result of consuming Fall Panicum hay. Currently, there have been several cases of suspected toxicity in horses grazing Fall Panicum in Northern Virginia pastures since late summer 2015. The trigger that causes toxicity and the amount of grass required to cause illness are not well understood, thus proper identification and treatment are essential for recovery.
Oct 16, 2015 APSC-116NP
Stockpile Grazing in Autumn Jun 20, 2018 SPES-29P
Using Grazing Charts Jun 20, 2018 SPES-30P
Stockpile Grazing with Horses Jun 20, 2018 SPES-31P
Benefits of a Dry Lot for Horses Jun 21, 2018 SPES-32P
Using a Grazing Muzzle Jun 21, 2018 SPES-33P
Grazing Through Snow Jun 21, 2018 SPES-34P