Updated: March 5, 2021
By Amy Burk , Lester Vough , Dr. Nicole Fiorellino , Tim Shellem , and Mike Dwyer

Improper management of grazing horses can lead to the loss of vegetative cover, soil erosion and nutrient run-off into nearby water sources . An example of poor grazing management is to allow horses to continuously overgraze pasture without allowing for rest and regrowth of the plants. Best management practices (BMPs) are practices that farm operators can use to control and reduce the farm’s risk of negatively impacting the surrounding environment.

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