Property and Facilities
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.
Why is a biosecurity plan important for your property? Until 2007, Australia was one of a handful of countries that had never experienced an outbreak of Equine Influenza (EI), a highly contagious viral disease of the respiratory tract. In animals that have been exposed to the virus previously and have, therefore, developed some degree of immunity, infection with the EI virus generally causes only mild disease.
As part of this series on (re)evaluating horse facility design, this article continues to discuss the merits of an equine-centric view of building facilities, focusing on the distinct behavioural characteristics of the horse. It describes some of the common, but critical, shortcomings in current horse accommodation models, and elucidates on some of the facility design and management practices we can adopt to help mitigate these deficiencies.
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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.
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.
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.