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Grazing and Pasture

09/25/2017

In this exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg has been uncovering the grazing life of horses - exploring the ways in which herbivores and the plants they eat have adapted to not just co-exist, but benefit each other and thrive.  Most articles on pasture and grazing management tend to focus on the horse’s nutritional and behavioural needs. This series of articles looks closer at the complex interaction between horses and plants - how each responds when faced with the challenges of an ever changing landscape. 

08/28/2017

In this exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg has been uncovering 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. 

08/28/2017

With Spring upon us, many horse owners caring for sugar-sensitive horses will be frantically trying to adopt different management strategies to reduce the intake of sugary pastures to avoid weight gain and laminitis. 

08/14/2017

With Spring upon us in the Southern Hemisphere, many horse owners caring for sugar-sensitive horses will be frantically trying to adopt different management strategies to reduce the intake of sugary pastures to avoid weight gain and/or laminitis. The approaches used probably involve restricting and/or managing their horses’ access to grazing either strip grazing, fitting grazing muzzles and often, by locking horses out of pasture completely or during parts of the day.

07/31/2017

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. 

06/29/2017

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? 

05/31/2017

Worm management is an important aspect of rotational grazing and cross grazing pastures. There will almost always be some worms in the pasture and in the horses; the management aim is to minimise loads and prevent adverse effects on the horses from worms.  Removing horse poo from paddocks and composting it is an effective means of controlling worms in the pasture. Active dung beetles will also control worm loads, because worm eggs do not survive the passage through the dung beetles’ digestive tract.

05/31/2017

In this new and exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg will take you on a journey of discovery of the grazing life of horses, exploring how herbivores and plants have adapted to not just co-exist, but benefit each other and thrive.  You will learn that both plants and horses constantly respond to their environment and have a well-developed ability to make wise-decisions to protect themselves and avoid costly mistakes.  (Yes, we will show you that just like horses and other animals, plants make decisions and even learn!).   

05/31/2017

While many horse owners are quite aware of the importance of providing roughage to our horses - either from pasture and/or conserved forages - there are different aspects to consider when deciding on what conserved forage you should feed to your horses and how much you should provide (e.g. quality versus quantity).

04/27/2017

How many horses can you keep on the land you have? The short answer is it depends on many factors - most importantly the land’s carrying capacity and how you manage it.  The land’s carrying capacity will depend on factors, such as climate, soil type, soil condition and fertility, slope (aspect), water and pasture base. If you want to obtain all your horses’ forage requirements from your land, you will require much more land than you will if you are buying in feed. 

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