Penn State Extension offers environmental stewardship program for horse owners

MILL HALL – The Penn State Extension Equine Team and Clinton County Extension Office will hold a short course for horse owners and barn managers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the office’s Learning Center, 47 Cooperation Lane.

The class, called “Equine Environmental Stewardship,” will cover topics such as pasture management, weed control, manure management and soil fertility.

It also will provide all the information and tools needed to create an individualized manure management plan – a regulatory requirement for all farms with animals in Pennsylvania.

The short course will benefit all horse farm owners and managers, from one-horse farms to large equine operations.

The four topics included in the day’s program are:

Pasture Plants and Grazing Management – Nutritional benefits and health risks associated with grazing; basics of forage growth and biology; benefits of rotational grazing and heavy use areas; pasture evaluation; identifying pasture grasses and legumes; pasture seed selection.

  • Weed and Toxic Plants: How to Keep Them Under Control – Learn why there are weeds in pastures; basic weed biology; common weeds in Pennsylvania pastures; management strategies; toxic plant identification and their effects on horses.
  • Fertilizing Pastures and Pasture Renovation – Learn how collect a soil sample and interpret the results; lime benefits and requirements; organic versus inorganic fertilizers; how to choose the correct fertilizer based on soil test results.

Proper Manure Management – Storing, composting and spreading manure; nutrient and manure management regulations; how to prepare a manure management plan for your farm.

Registration is due by Oct. 11, and a fee applies. It covers all materials, including a soil test kit.

For more information, or to register, contact Helene McKernan at the Clinton County Extension Office via email at or by phone at 660-3150.

Inquiries also may be directed to Ann Swinker, of Penn State University, at or 814-865-7810.