Horse pastures and facilities
What plants are poisonous to horses? How do I know when a pasture is ready to be grazed? What do I need to know about pasture sampling? Find research-based answers on pasture management best practices.
Planning your horse pasture site - Design pastures that meet your farm’s needs and are safe for both you and your horse.
Managing established horse pastures - Each pasture needs rest and regrowth between grazing events.
Fall and spring pasture to-do list - There are many chores to be completed in the fall and spring. Learn when it’s the best time to do common tasks.
Identifying and controlling weeds - Weeds can lower the nutritional value of pastures and some may harm your horse’s health.
Grass pasture weed control - Control consists of mechanical, chemical and cultural methods.
How to take a soil sample for your pasture
Whether establishing or maintaining a pasture, it is important to know about your soil. Learn how to get a representative sample of soil from your pasture.
Identifying and controlling knapweeds in pastures - Knapweeds can overtake grasslands, reduce pasture productivity and hay quality, and outcompete native prairie plants.
Plants commonly found in horse pastures - This book includes recommended pasture species and will help you identify non-poisonous weeds.
When to initiate horse grazing (6:53)
Many horse owners struggle with determining when to initiate grazing. Learn how to use plant height to determine when to start and stop grazing a horse pasture.
Pasture sampling (8:17)
How to sample pasture plants to understand nutrient content of forage.
FAQs about pasture sampling (2:52)
- How often do I need to sample my pasture?
- How many samples do I need to take for my pasture size?
- What lab should I send my samples to?
The book, Plants Poisonous or Harmful to Horses in the Midwest (2020 Edition), is for sale in the University of Minnesota Bookstore. Get $5 off your order when purchased in combination with the Plants Poisonous or Harmful to Horses poster.