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A Grass Farmers Best Kept Secret: The Equicentral System

October 2018

If you still think managing your horses and your land responsibly is difficult and expensive hard work, think again! All over the world, more and more horse owners are embracing the principles taught by Jane and Stuart Myers through their Equiculture Responsible Horse Owners Resource, successfully implementing them in their own properties and situations.

A Haven for Horses and the Land

March 2018

At the foot of the Toowoomba ranges, on a quiet and winding country road lies Split Rock Mountain Premier Horse Agistment, a place where horses can have ‘a holiday in the country’ and more importantly, where they are allowed to be horses in a safe and secure environment.  While it may seem this article was written to promote the business, my interest in Split Rock Mountain was part of my ongoing search for interesting content and imagery to support the sustainable property management sections that are so popular and welcomed in every issue of the magazine. 

March Grass Farmers Managing Manure: Part 2

March 2018

In this 3-Part series, we discuss the different ways horse owners can manage manure in their horse property to reduce pollution, parasites (worms), weeds, labour and costs. In Part 1 last month, we discussed the pros and cons of picking up manure from the pastures, and we also discussed the dos and don'ts of harrowing.  This month, we look at cross grazing as a beneficial pasture and parasite management strategy. 

Grass Farmers - Managing Manure: Part 1

February 2018

In previous articles, we have outlined practical aspects of The Equicentral System, a complete approach to sustainable horse and land management on your property.  The Equicentral System uses your horses’ natural behaviours as an advantage. It enhances the health and wellbeing of the horses themselves, the land they live on and the environment at large.  If you are new to the series or you missed any articles during 2017, you can read previous articles online at: http://bit.ly/2yNXG93.   Horses and manure 

Managing Pastures for Soil Health - Part 1

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. 

Too Much Grass? Not Enough? Here's How to Manage

December 2018

If you graze horses in Australia you will be used to living that old saying... “it never rains but it pours”. While some areas are still experiencing the effects of a devastating drought, in past few weeks, rain has been falling heavily in more coastal regions, sparking the grass into life. After going through a long dry period, the plants will be very high in sugars and starches until they have time to recover properly. Horses will desperately gorge on the available green pick and this is when many cases of laminitis occur. Here are the grazing tips that will help you manage.

Grass Farming in the Snowy Mountains

November 2018

All over the world, more and more horse owners are embracing the principles taught by Jane and Stuart Myers through their Equiculture Responsible Horse Owners Resource, successfully implementing them in their own properties and situations.

Grass Farmers: Managing Horse Properties in Drought

August 2018

During drought, fibre, essential for horses, becomes very expensive and difficult to obtain. All you can do in very dry conditions is damage control. Any improvements to your land need to take place during the good times to ensure your land is better able to handle the drought and will make a better recovery when the drought breaks. When it’s dry... Dry conditions are often coupled with hot weather or drying winds that increasingly dehydrate the plants so they shatter and eventually die if grazing animals are allowed to overgraze them during this time.

July Grass Farmers: When in Drought...

July 2018

With much of eastern Australia experiencing drought, in this issue, we bring you the inspiring story of grass farmer Karen Budds, who together with her partner, Scott Hug, has been able to turn the negative of a situation that we cannot control into a positive action plan that will see them, their land and their horses weather this difficult time.  This is Karen’s story

Increasing Vegetation on Horse Properties: Part 2

June 2018

Horse properties should be biodiverse havens containing many different species of vegetation other than pasture. You should aim to grow herbs, succulents, bushes and trees in as many areas as possible for the huge benefits they provide.  As well as for your horses, this has the added bonus of transforming your horse property into an environmental asset.  In this article, Jane and Stuart Myers explain the benefits, and give practical advice on placement and plant selection. 

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