DELAWARE, Ohio — The Buckeye State is home to more than 11.6 million people which puts us as the seventh highest state in population. Ohio is ranked 34th in land mass with 40,948 square miles within its borders. Ohio has a horse population of more than 300,000, contributing to the state’s bucolic charm.
Proper and diligent management of horses, pastures and hayland are critical to horse health, happy neighbors and a clean environment. And just like everything else in life, it saves so much time, energy and money to be proactive rather than reactive.
The Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a one-day Horse Forage Management workshop on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop fee is $25 per family, includes lunch and a notebook of excellent materials and will be held at the Scioto Township Hall, 3737 Ostrander Road in Ostrander.
The workshop will feature an on-farm visit and pasture walk along with the following topics: soil fertility, understanding plant growth, forage species selection, horse nutrition, pasture management and design, poisonous plants and hay quality and storage.
Visit the Delaware SWCD’s website for a workshop flyer at www.delawareswcd.org. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 26.
— Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District