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MB Equine - Property & Pastures

Taking the guesswork out of choosing hay - Part 3 Hay Testing

September 2013

With thanks to SGS Agriculture & Food Laboratories for providing the analysis specifically for this series. Conserved forages can comprise a large part of the diet of horses; therefore, it is important to review the type and quality of all the roughage we are feeding. Last month, we provided a summary of the roughage sources that are available to horse owners such as hay, chaff, haylage, hay cubes and super fibres.

Holistic Management for horse properties- part 3 Ecosystems Processes

October 2012

As horse owners we are taking care of large herbivorous animals. In order to support horses and provide the food they are designed to eat, we must take care of our land. In turn, to be able to make the right decisions and create healthy pastures and adequate food for our horses (and for ourselves) we must understand our global ecosystem and its functions. To work with nature’s inherent complexity we must focus on the four fundamental processes that operate in any ecosystem: The Water Cycle The Mineral Cycle The Solar Energy Flow The Community Dynamics

Holistic Management for horse properties- Part 1 Introduction

July 2012

Holistic Management is a new approach to decision-making and management that can be successfully incorporated in horse management. In this series of articles, Mariette van den Berg introduces the concept and goes on to discuss in more detail how we can apply this to horse property management. Since the late 20th century the number of horses kept for professional sport as well as the pure pleasure of riding and keeping horses has grown considerably.

Holistic Management for horse properties part 4

July 2012

In order to support horses and provide the food they are designed to eat, we must take care of our land. To create healthy pastures and adequate food for our horses (and for ourselves) we must ensure that our decisions are socially and environmentally sound.   In the first 3 parts of this series we have been concentrating on the framework that guides holistic decision making: The definition of the whole to be managed, for example your household, lifestyle horse property, and/or (horse) business).

Holistic Management for horse properties. part 5 (final)

July 2012

In the previous edition we discussed the process of decision-making and the seven tests that assist you with determining if you are making economically, ecologically and socially sound decisions for your horse property. This has been so far very theoretically, and in real life things may turn out differently.  In this part, I will highlight some practical guidelines for management to help you better use the tools to manage the ecosystem processes on your property.

Holistic Management for horse properties Part 2- Forming a holistic goal

July 2012

To be able to make economically, environmentally and socially sound decisions in our lives and for our horses and properties we must have a look at the four key insights, that when taken together, proved to be critical to the development of the Holistic Management model.  The Four Key Insights That a holistic perspective is essential in management - was derived from the work of South African statesman-scholar Jan Smuts, who coined the word holism in 1926.

Forage Trees for Horses, Back to Basics Series

May 2011

  Graziers and browsers? In a natural system, horses and other equus species browse various shrubs, trees and water plants to balance nutrients.

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