New mobile apps developed at University of Minnesota Extension can help horse owners more precisely determine how much hay to purchase and feed their animals.
“Horses have evolved from work animals to recreational animals, with many leading leisurely lifestyles of limited exercise and access to lush pasture and grain. The recent shortage of hay and the spike in prices have forced many horse owners to re-evaluate their feeding strategies,” says Krishona Martinson, U of M Extension equine specialist. Adding to the complexities of horse feeding is the fact that most horses have differing dietary needs, she notes.
The U of M Extension’s horse team worked with researchers from the university and across the country to find solutions. Two mobile apps for use with iPhones and iPads have been developed for the horse industry by a group led by Martinson. Android versions are in development.
We visited with Martinson about their new Hay Price Calculator and Healthy Horse apps.
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