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Property and Facilities

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. 

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 

May Grass Farmers Managing Manure: Part 4

May 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. 

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 9

May 2018

Throughout this series, ventilation has been referred to many times in relation to the requirements of horses and the consequences of stabling conditions. 

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. 

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. 

The Portable and Permanent Solution for Your Property

November 2017

Equitent, by H-Line Structures, combines the stability of solid buildings with the flexibility of portable solutions. Our Riding Halls (Arenas) and Lunging Halls (Round Yards) not only have impressive aesthetics and supreme functionality, but also meet the highest of Australian safety standards, including protection against wind, fire and snow.  The modern products in the Equitent series are complemented with versatile equipment options and a comprehensive range of accessories to withstand even the toughest Australian conditions.

Water Trough Project

November 2017

Whether you’re on a budget, need an emergency repair or you’re looking for a temporary solution, making your own automatically filling water trough is relatively easy!

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 7

November 2017

There are many ways to develop an equine-orientated property and the various activities it can support. In the previous article of this series, we discussed the factors of site-responsive planning and looked at the authoritative controls that may influence design development of horse facilities.  We have also examined the behavioural and physical requirements of horses, and how the application of equine science and equitation research should inform the design of facilities our horses inhabit on a daily basis. 

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 6

October 2017

In earlier articles of this series, we discussed horse facility design in relation to species-specific requirements, both physical and behavioural. This article continues this interpretation of equine environments, but now with a focus on planning, and the challenges that site and environmental context brings.  Every property has a context, climate, topography, arrangement and even value that is different to every other property. Similarly, every equine property has its own unique set of people, horses, routines and objectives that operate, occupy or inhabit that land. 

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