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


Equine Researcher

Kylee Jo Duberstein Associate Professor
Animal & Dairy Science

Extension Equine Specialist

KARI K. TURNER Associate Professor
Animal & Dairy Science

Equine Public Service Assistant

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.
Fescue Toxicosis in Horses
(C 1180)
Tall fescue is the primary cool season perennial forage grown in the state of Georgia, and toxicity issues related to the grass can have significant impacts on equine reproduction. Tall fescue is the most heat tolerant of the cool season grasses due to a fungus that grows within the plant called an endophyte. This endophyte produces ergot alkaloids that can have negative effects on animals that eat the infected forage. The toxic effects of the endophyte can be successfully managed by eliminating the grazing or feeding of toxic tall fescue, as described in this publication.
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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