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Your Pasture Pharmacy: Part 3

August 2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services,

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 have focused on the horse’s nutritional and behavioural needs but, in this exclusive series, we look closer at plant behaviour (yes, you read it right... plants behave!), in order to better understand our horses’ foraging behaviour and, subsequently, our pasture management.