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Grazing and Pasture

Handy Fencing Tips

April 2016

Temporary electric fencing is a very practical solution, particularly when you want to control grazing or subdivide larger pastures or create laneways, but it is, of course, temporary. Your electric fence system will not last forever and needs checking regularly to make sure it is safe, running well and keeping your horses in.  ‘Poly tape’ is a popular solution in horse properties. It is cheap, provides good visibility and it tends to break if the horses do manage to get tangled in it, which might avoid a serious injury. 

March Pastures: What's In That Dirt?

April 2016

March heralds Autumn, which in southern Australia brings the promise of cooler days and rain, while in tropical regions Summer rain may still be falling.  Regardless of where you live, March is a good time for soil testing, so in the second instalment of Pasture Bites, we focus on how to test your soil and why you should do it. Soil testing

March Pastures: What's In That Dirt?

April 2016

March heralds Autumn, which in southern Australia brings the promise of cooler days and rain, while in tropical regions Summer rain may still be falling.  Regardless of where you live, March is a good time for soil testing, so in the second instalment of Pasture Bites, we focus on how to test your soil and why you should do it. Soil testing

February Pastures: The Heat is On

March 2016

This month, we begin a new series looking at paddock and pasture management throughout the year. Pasture Bites will give bite-sized chunks about managing horse paddocks for the long term health of horses, pasture and the environment. It will take a month-by-month approach, giving practical advice based on sound science. Plannning ahead:  

10 Tips for Introducing Grazing Muzzles

January 2016

Grazing muzzles are often recommended by equine health professionals to reduce grass intake for horses who are either at risk or diagnosed with EMS or laminitis. They seldom come with an instruction manual and, before you use them, you should know it will take training for your horse to adapt to what is a very restrictive piece of equipment.  In this article, Equine Behaviourist Justine Harrison explains how...

Foraging behaviour in pastured horses: Is variety the spice of life?

February 2015

Australian researchers investigating the behaviour of domestic horses at pasture have found that, given the opportunity, horses will seek and consume a range of non-pasture species (e.g., parts of trees, woody plants and shrubs). This is the first published data on the behaviour of domesticated horses at pasture and their interaction with the available vegetation.

Facts on Ulcers

April 2014

Forage, friends and freedom  The horse you own today is not that different to the horses we began domesticating thousands of years ago. Our selective breeding over time has mainly targeted conformation characteristics and suitability for the different work required. However, the horse’s physiological and behavioural characteristics are virtually unchanged. This means that your horse is essentially a herbivore whose focus is foraging in an accurate and targeted way. 

Forage: The Key to Health

April 2014

Forage, such as hay and pasture, is critical for the health and wellbeing of all horses. Understanding the design, function and reliance of the horse’s digestive system on forage is the first step in appreciating the critical value of forage. Knowledge of what’s in forage, the types and physical forms of forage, and importance of forage quality should be common knowledge for all horse owners. Finally, understanding how much forage a horse requires per day is essential in properly feeding any horse. So, let’s get started in learning about forages for horses. 

Racing on a Forage Only Diet

March 2014

Forage is the preferred and ideal diet for most classes of horses, but can it meet the needs of the performance horse with high energy & nutrient demands?

21st Century Horse Management

September 2012

On our recent trip to Europe we were invited to visit the headquarters of HIT (Aktive Stables) in Germany and also to have a look round a working example of this system in Sweden (www.wiggeby.com). While we try not to endorse individual commercial companies we felt that this one had sufficient merit and applicable concepts on many levels to warrant a closer look.

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