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Learn about Horse Pasture Management during Spring Pasture Walk

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Do you find maintaining a healthy horse pasture challenging? Illinois Extension is bringing together experts in the field to provide help during a free spring pasture walk on May 28.

The presenters will discuss pasture management, animal health and care, insect repellent recommendations, and identifying and controlling common pasture weeds. They will also talk about the differences and challenges of pasturing horses compared to other livestock.

Presenters include:

  • Southern Illinois University Equine Center Manager Samantha Wuest
  • Southern Illinois University Associate Professor of Weed Science & Plant Biology Karla Gage 
  • University of Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator Teresa Steckler

Extension Educator Katie Bell is coordinating the program, and as a horse owner, she also understands the importance of proper pasture care.

“It is important to take care of our pastures by recognizing problem areas, controlling weeds, and understanding how different types of livestock affect the pasture,” said Bell. “Good pasture management leads to better quality forage and healthier, happier animals.”

The free program is scheduled for Saturday, May 28, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at the Southern Illinois University Equine Center at 2194 Union Hill Rd. in Carbondale. This event will be held outdoors, and walking will be required. Please dress accordingly and bring items to make yourself comfortable (folding chair, hat, or sunscreen). Water will be provided.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Katie Bell at klbell@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.