In concert with the University of Maryland Extension, the MSCD periodically offers pasture walks and equine workshops, the most popular being the Horse Management Workshop.
For the latest workshop dates, see the Events page.
Leap Into Conservation! Pasture Walk
The MSCD and University of Maryland Extension invite barn and stable managers and horse owners to the 2020 Winter Equine Pasture Workshop. Lunch provided. RSVP by February 21 to
Friday, February 28, 2020 (Snow Date March 20)
10:30am - 2:30pm
Blue Moon Farm
4430 Damascus Road,
We are happy to help local horse owners and stables test their hay. The District has multiple forage testers available; please contact us if you would like our help testing your hay. We no longer loan or tent out the forage testers, but our specialists are happy to come to you to perform the testing.
Herbal Pastures for Improved Horse Health
By Dr. Joyce Harman
Video length: 44 mins 38 sec
Goals of an herbal feeding program
Grains vs. grass
Healthy pastures and healthy gardens
Forages Fertility: Basics, Nutrients, Soil Testing
By Professor Gurpal Toor
Video length: 38 mins 34 sec
Soil basics: organic matter, composition, pH, liming
Soil testing: diagnosing problems, reading reports
Heavy Use Areas
Video length: 31 mins 22 sec
Video length: 18 mins 8 sec
Choosing hay: color, leafiness, and maturity