Property and Facilities
This series of articles on Horse Facility (re)Design will prompt you to (re)consider and (re)evaluate the status quo when it comes to stables, shelters and other equine facilities.
Following on from previous articles in this exclusive Equine Permaculture Design Series, Dr Mariette van den Berg explains how the permaculture design principles are applied in practice and in situations that are particularly relevant in horse properties. The permaculture design approach aims to build systems that are easier to manage, more efficient and sustainable, whilst considering the health and wellbeing of all - people, horses, plants and the soil that sustains them.
This series of articles on Horse Facility (re)Design will prompt you to (re)consider and (re)evaluate the status quo when it comes to stables, shelters and other equine facilities. In the first two parts, we explained how the built environment is at odds with the evolved physiology and behaviour of horses, and provided a historical account of horse facility design.
Following on from previous articles in this exclusive Equine Permaculture Design Series, Mariette van den Berg explains how the permaculture design principles are applied in practice. Through an observation planning and implementation process that pays particular attention to the elements that are relevant in horse properties.
We live in an exciting time in which more horse owners than ever are stepping up to take responsibility for the impact their horses are having on the land. Not only does it make sense - healthy land makes healthy horses - but it is also a truly positive step for the environment and the public perception of horse owners.
We all dream of a sparkly clean and tidy tack room, and whether you’re the only one, or one of many who use it, there is always a great sense of pleasure when it is neat, organised and you can find everything with ease! Regardless of whether you’re lucky enough to be building new feed and tack rooms, or you’ve got an old one, or you’re just making do, the same problems need to be addressed.
There’s nothing like the practical experience of travelling, visiting and talking with horsemen and women in different countries to learn how they work with their horses and their land. This month, Canadian horse owner Laura Agostini talks about the challenges of managing horses sustainably in a cool climate and calls on others to become proactive land stewards.
Arena surfaces have a life span (generally 5-7 years) and regular maintenance is the only way to ensure you get the most out of your surface. If your arena receives a lot of traffic, you will need to undertake maintenance practices more often than an arena used on the odd occasion. A service for your arena may involve getting a professional in every three, six or 12 months, depending on the use of your arena, to laser level the surface back to it’s original state. Drag the arena surface regularly using a product designed specifically for arena maintenance
The massive take-up of solar power generating systems means it is more affordable than ever to begin harnessing energy from sunlight. Portable, solar powered electric fence systems are ideal for horse properties and, with some basic know-how and a handful of accessories, you can put together your own functional and reasonably inexpensive system.
Despite the claims, the only all-weather arenas are fully enclosed, covered ones. All outdoor arenas will be affected by the elements in one way or another, and the surface and riding conditions will vary with the changing of the seasons and weather conditions. Long dry spells and long-term rain events will all affect your arena and how it rides on a daily basis. Surfaces also wear out over time and will generally last 5 to 7 years, depending on the amount of use.