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.

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 travis.gorleski@montgomeryscd.org

Friday, February 28, 2020 (Snow Date March 20)

10:30am - 2:30pm

Blue Moon Farm

4430 Damascus Road,

Gaithersburg, MD

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 tent 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.
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18410 Muncaster Rd

Derwood, MD 20855



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