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Your Pasture Pharmacy: Part 2

29/06/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services, www.mbequineservices.com

In this exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg will take you on a journey of discovery into the grazing life of horses - exploring how herbivores and plants have adapted their behaviour to not just co-exist, but benefit each other and thrive, as a result. 

Most previous articles on pasture management and grazing planning focus on the horse’s nutritional and behavioural needs but, have you ever considered that, to better understand our horses’ foraging behaviour and, subsequently, our pasture management, we actually may need to look closer at plant behaviour first? 

Yes, you read it... Plants behave.