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Grazing and Pasture

Managing Pastures for Soil Health

November 2017

As horse owners, we care for large herbivors and, in order to support them with the food they are designed to eat, we must take care of our land.  Making the right land management decisions - ones that will create healthy pastures, and adequate food resources for our horses and for ourselves - is often easier said than done and certainly not something you can buy off the shelf.  By understanding the ecosystem as a whole and its natural functions, you will be able to make management decisions that support the natural patterns. 

Managing Pastures for Soil Health: Part 2

December 2017

As horse owners, we care for large herbivores and, in order to support them with the food they are designed to eat, we must take care of our land.  Making the right land management decisions - ones that will create healthy pastures, and adequate food resources for our horses and for ourselves - is often easier said than done and certainly not something you can buy off the shelf.  By understanding the ecosystem as a whole and its natural functions, you will be able to make management decisions that support the natural patterns. 

Your Pasture Pharmacy: Final Part

October 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. 

Your Pasture Pharmacy Part 4: Nutritional Wisdom and Self-Selection

September 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. 

Can We Lower NSC in Pastures by Mowing Regularly?

September 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. 

Can regular mowing protect from laminitis?

September 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.

Your Pasture Pharmacy: Part 3

August 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. 

Your Pasture Pharmacy: Part 2

July 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? 

Pasture Bites: June 2017

July 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.

Your Pasture Pharmacy: Part 1

July 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!).   

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