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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. 

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 

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. 

Increasing Vegetation on Horse Properties: Part 1

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: Ventilation

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!

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