University of Maryland Extension

Maryland Horses

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horses

Manure Storage

It is estimated that each day, each of our horses produces 40 – 50 lbs pounds of feces and urine with a volume of 0.8 cubic feet that needs to be managed. Manure deposited on the pastures is harrowed after horses are moved off the pasture to spread out nutrients onto the pasture. Manure in the...

Equipment and Storage

An on-farm storage shed houses our log books, a three-day supply of hay to avoid numerous trips to our hay storage barn, horse care supplies, and basic lawn maintenance equipment. Our hay storage shed is a 26' x 36' ClearSpan storage structure adjacent to our research barn at our Equine Research...

Gates

Four different types of gates are installed on the farm. Light duty 1 ¾” tubular 6-bar gates: hung on the perimeter fence line. Gates along the perimeter of the pasture are likely to experience less wear and tear than those in the heavily used areas of the pasture, like the laneway and sacrifice...

Internal Fencing

The internal fencing showcase contains three different types of posts and three different types of electric fence rail products. All posts were set 12 ft apart. It is powered by a solar panel with a battery pack. There was no cost for installation because it was installed by farm staff. 2-Strand 1/...

Perimeter Fencing

A variety of fencing and gate types are installed at the farm so that visitors may see how different materials can be used in a real-life setting. For fencing, all posts are 6 inch pressure-treated pine posts in 8 foot sections. Five different types of perimeter fencing were installed in December...

Rotational Pastures

Four rotational grazing pastures of 1.2 acres each are planted with “endophyte-friendly” Tall Fescue (Pennington’s Max-Q), Slezanka Kentucky Bluegrass, and white clover. Horses are allowed access to the sacrifice lot at all times, but access to each rotation al pasture is closely monitored to...

Vegetative Heavy Use Areas

Two 0.2 acre paddocks (~ 10,500 square ft each) are located on either side of the sacrifice lot. These areas are designed to maintain forage that is tolerant to heavy foot travel by horses. They are grazed when the rotational pastures are in regrowth periods. Heavy use paddock A contains four...

Sacrifice Lot and Laneway

Horses are confined to the sacrifice lot when pasture is in need of rest and regrowth or when there is a drought or heavy rain. The lot is 4,096 square feet and features a 10 by 36 foot run-in shed, square bale hay basket, and automatic waterer. A 16 foot laneway behind the lot provides access to...

Sponsors

Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station The Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) funds research conducted by faculty located within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland at College Park. MAES' 10 research facilities are grouped into four research...

The Team

This exciting educational tool was made possible by the contributions of many faculty and staff at the University of Maryland and partnering organizations. A list of our project contributors is below. If you have specific questions about the University of Maryland Equine Rotational Grazing...

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