Horses

The University of Georgia’s Equine Extension Program encompasses both state youth horse programs as well as continuing education for horse owners and county Extension agents.  The mission of this program is to provide resources and support for youth education, county trainings and programming, and to serve as a knowledge base for questions and concerns of the industry.

Equine resources from UGA Extension


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Kylee Jo Duberstein Associate Professor
Animal & Dairy Science
Kari K. Turner Associate Professor
Animal & Dairy Science
Julia S. McCann Public Service Assistant
Animal & Dairy Science
Recent Horse Publications from UGA Extension
Equine Parasite Control: Moving Beyond Rotational Deworming
(C 1193)
Parasite resistance is an increasing problem in livestock species, including horses. Equine deworming practices have historically involved a six-week rotational deworming schedule. However, these practices have led to parasite resistance to many of our available dewormers. This publication addresses the current recommendations for deworming based on fecal egg counts, including why parasite resistance is increasing and how and when to assess fecal egg counts in horses.
Fences for Horses
(B 1192)
Fences are necessary to safely confine horses yet provide them with the opportunity to exercise and graze. Because of the natural flight response of horses, they tend to injure themselves in fences more than most other livestock. In addition, many horses are extremely valuable and that justifies the extra cost of building a fence that is safe, strong and attractive. When selecting a fence, consider all three of these important functions: utility (keeping the horses in), safety and aesthetics. How much importance is placed on each function depends on the owner's budget, the value of the animals and your priorities. A number of alternatives are available for consideration.
Forage Systems for Horses in Georgia
(B 1224)
A good pasture and forage program can provide quality feed and normally will be the most efficient and economical means of providing a substantial part of equine rations. In Georgia, we are fortunate to have a mild climate, soils suitable for producing forages and a good selection of highly productive forage species. With careful planning and good management, adequate grazing can be supplied for up to 10 months of the year in most areas of the state. To many producers, the term "horse pasture" denotes grazing management and forage crops unique to horses. This is not the case at all. Because the horse is a herbivore, most forage crops commonly used for cattle can also be used to provide grazing for horses.
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