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Managing Horses in Groups: Part 2

May 2015

Horses and People Editor Cristina Wilkins talks with veterinarian and pony breeder Tom Davis about his experiences managing a breeding herd as a single family group and his reasons for not weaning.  A passionate advocate of welfare for both horses and people, Tom explains the all-round benefits of allowing horses to express their social nature and social habits, and details his approach to solving any logistical challenges. Last month, in Part 1, Tom spoke about general husbandry, feed and pasture management, in this final part he covers breeding and weaning.

Pilot Study Tests ‘Peat Pads’ Bedding as a Way to Improve Air Quality in Stables

May 2015

A recently published pilot study compared traditional straw with a novel bedding product, suggesting it can improve the air quality in stables by reducing dust and ammonia concentration levels. The Noord-Holland Centre of Technology (TCNN) worked in collaboration with the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (Leeuwarden), a veterinary practice and local R&D businesses, to study the performance of peat pads as a stable bedding and how it effect air quality in the stables. Background

Dung Beetles: Hard workers saving horse owners time!

April 2015

Finding it hard to keep up with your horse chores? Did you know dung beetles are volunteering to take the load?


November 2014

Each season brings its own challenges. Understanding and installing good irrigation brings many rewards and makes life a lot easier for you and your horses. Irrigation is also important as a fire prevention measure.  Irrigation can certainly optimise your property’s potential, but it all comes down to making the right choices. There are several things to think about before you can begin considering your options. A bit of planning can help you and your irrigation specialist dealer to make the right choices.  The property 

Group Housing: 21st Century Horse Management

December 2013

A German company has used science to improve the lifestyle of domestic horses with priority given to developing a system which is enriching for the horse. For those of you who have not heard of 'group housing systems', put simply, they are fully automated systems that, as their name suggests, allow horses to be kept in groups whilst at the same time catering for individual feeding regimes.

Biological Pasture Management Part 1 - Roughage and pasture

May 2011

by Mariette van den Berg and Nick Huggins Part 1 of a 3 part series on biological pasture management for horse properties. There are many commercial manufactured feeds for horses available. Horse feed companies promote their muesli or pelleted feeds in colourful bags and many horse owners see these as the ultimate feed for horses to improve health and performance, but... if we go back to basics, what is the most important ingredient in the horse’s diet? What keeps a horse a healthy horse?

Biological Pasture Management Part 2 - Healthy Soils

May 2011

  In part 1 we highlighted the importance of dietary fibre and pasture management for our horse’s health. The brief history that I presented on farming and pasture management methods should not be surprising, it is something that can be found on a simple internet search and is well documented, but even to this day, it often goes against the advice received through government departments. WEEDS PLAY A ROLE

Biological Pasture Management Part 3 Pasture Hydration and Farm Design

May 2011

BIOLOGICAL PASTURE MANAGEMENT: PASTURE HYDRATION AND FARM DESIGN. by Nick Huggins (Permaculture Design Consultant) In last month’s article I discussed the importance of healthy soils and compost (tea) making. This article will be last of the biological pasture management series and will describe pasture hydration and farm design.

The Environment We Create For Our Horses

April 2010

The horse in its natural environment roams freely with its herd mates over vast grassy plains, enabling them to always find feed, water, shelter and to have the room to escape from predators. Rarely is this the case with domesticated horses. If we are to keep horses in our domestic environment, then it is essential that we provide an environment that is as close as possible to the horse's natural environment.


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