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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 

All About Soil - Part 1 - Facts about soil

February 2018

In this brand new Equine Permaculture series, we will ‘dig deeper into soils’ and explore what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web.  Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of soil tests, in the lab and DIY, interpreting these soil test results, and how they may assist our soil and pasture management on the property.  Before we start digging up the dirt, let’s brush up on some facts about soil. 

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. 

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. 

All About Soil - Part 4 - Lab Soil Tests

June 2018

In this exclusive Equine Permaculture series, we have been ‘digging deeper into soils’ and explored what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web.  In Part Three (Horses and People April 2018 issue), we described soil sampling and started to investigate some important parameters of soil health using DIY techniques. In this Part Four, we will continue with soil laboratory tests and how to interpret these results. 

April Grass Farmers Managing Manure: Part 3

April 2018

In this three-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, we discussed the pros and cons of picking up manure from the pastures, and we also discussed the dos and don'ts of harrowing.  In Part 2, we discussed cross grazing as a beneficial pasture and parasite management strategy. 

All About Soil - Part 2 - The soil food web

March 2018

In this Equine Permaculture series, we ‘dig deeper into soils’ and explore what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web.  We will also discuss the importance of soil tests - in the lab and DIY - and how to interpret soil test results, as we build up the story of how all this knowledge can assist your pasture management decisions and the health of your horses. 

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