NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. —The Rutgers 2019 Horse Management Seminar was held Feb. 10, with a focus on “Feeding and Care of Mare/Foal, Stallion and Growing Horse.”

Carey Williams, equine specialist and associate director of extension at the Equine Science Center, assembled presenters who are recognized as the leading experts in their field to offer perspectives and personal insight at the seminar. Experts included Ed Squires from the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky, who is a leading contributor in the field of equine reproduction in the U.S. Veterinarian Dan Keenan from Foundation Equine, who is a specialist in equine reproduction and was recently named New Jersey’s Horse Person of The Year; Amy Burk, who leads the equine breeding program at the University of Maryland, and equine management specialist Paul Siciliano from North Carolina State University shared their expertise.

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Doctoral student, Jennifer Weinert, talked about her continuing research on the effect of grazing on the microbiome and overall health of horses. Test pastures were planted with warm or cold season grasses and a mixture of both. Cold season grasses grow best in spring and fall while warm season grasses to best in summer. Finding the best combination could save horse owners money because they would have to provide less supplement feed due to decrease pasture growth, erosion and pasture damage could be lessened and the horses’ health overall could benefit, Weinert said.

The study got off to a rough start last year thanks to the unusual weather, including a November snow storm, but some useful data was obtained, she said.

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