Agricultural Management Practices for Commercial Equine Operations
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Bulletin , E296 , 2004
Foulk, D., Mickel, R., Chamberlain, E., Margentino, M., Westendorf, M.
The equine industry is a very large and diverse component of New Jersey agriculture. The industry supports thousands of jobs, generates nearly $700 million in horse-related expenditures, and provides a variety of recreational opportunities for horse owners and the general public. Over 80,000 acres of land are used for equine-related purposes, providing many thousands of acres of agricultural open space. The purpose of this document is to establish generally accepted Agricultural Management Practices (AMP) for the various equine-related activities that may be associated with the operation of a commercial farm. These activities include: managing pastures and manure, constructing fences and shelters, determining farm stocking rates, controlling dust, maintaining arenas and training tracks, and organizing horse shows and special events. Throughout this AMP, a horse is defined as a 1,000 pound animal, which is equivalent to one animal unit.