Equestrian Information 

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.


Free Manure Lab Analysis

The District has received a grant from the Maryland Horse Industry Board to conduct a study of manure and compost nutrient content across a large sample of Montgomery County Equine Farms.

If you would like to volunteer to receive a free horse manure lab analysis, please download the fillable PDF below and email to the Equine Specialist at Travis.Gorleski@montgomerycountymd.gov by February 25, 2022. You will be provided a copy of your test results from the lab at no cost to you.


Download the fillable PDF form by clicking the button to the right, or click here.


Save the form and email to the Equine Specialist, Travis Gorleski.

Equine Services

Forage Testing

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 rent out the forage testers, but our specialists are happy to come to you to perform the testing.

Video Resources

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

  • Nutrients

  • Soil testing: diagnosing problems, reading reports

Heavy Use Areas

Video length: 31 mins 22 sec

Hay Sampling

Video length: 18 mins 8 sec

  • Choosing hay: color, leafiness, and maturity

  • Forage tests

Downloadable Resources

First Year Planting

Presentation: Managing a first year pasture planting. Downloadable equine resources from MSCD

Fertility and Weed Control

PDF: Weed Mangement in Horse Pastures. Downloadable resource from MSCD.

Soils Info (NRCS)

PDF: Soils info from NRCS. Downloadable equine resources from MSCD

Soil Testing

PDF: Soil Testing. Downloadable resource from MSCD.

Equine Contractors

PDF: Equine Contractors Montgomery County. Downloadable resource from MSCD.