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Horse And Property Care In Drought

The current drought is affecting horse owners acutely. Even though there has been some rain in certain areas, many of the hay growing regions have missed out altogether or have simply not received anywhere near enough rain to grow hay. As a consequence hay suppliers are running out of hay and as each one does so the problem is escalating.

Managing Your Horse Pasture

Pasture management principles are similar for large or small horse properties. The main objectives include reducing the worm (parasite) burden, controlling weeds and improving the grass.

How these are achieved involves a multi strategy action plan that can be carried out on any property. Firstly you need to understand horse grazing behaviour.

Safer Horse Riding And Handling

I visited a horse show at the weekend (on foot) and in the short time that I was there I saw two incidents that could have resulted in serious injury or death. In one case a mounted horse was running backwards out of control towards a small child in a push chair. At the last second the rider regained control as a parent of the child pulled the child to safety. In the other incident a small pony was tied up by the bridle reins to a jumps trailer. The pony pulled back, fell over next to a very expensive looking car. Again luckily no one was hurt.

The Central Watering Point System

The Central Watering Point System can help increase your horse’s daily exercise, reduce pasture erosion and minimise property set up costs.

Rider Problems

Do you have trouble achieving a good seat on a horse? This is a very common problem with riders of all levels. Sometimes it seems that the harder you try the more unobtainable those quiet long legs, still upper body and good hands become.

Herd Behaviour

Almost any horse owner will agree that a horse is a herd animal but many do not really understand what this entails. A fuller understanding means that horse management systems can be designed to incorporate rather than ignore these basic facts about horse behviour. In this age of enlightenment more and more people are willing and actually want to improve the ‘lifestyle’ of the horses in their care both for the welfare benefits and the improvement in performance that results from a healthier horse.

Rider Problems Part Two

Last week’s article outlined the steps that need to be taken in order to gain an independent seat. The article also stated that the first step towards gaining an independent seat is to learn how to stabilise the lower leg. A good balanced rider has a stable lower leg and can move the upper body around over the lower leg without loss of balance. A not so balanced rider tends to use the lower leg to compensate for any upper body movements. This causes the rider to become unstable.

Time Budgets Of Horses

The time budget is the amount of time an animal spends doing the things it has to do throughout the day. Feral/wild animals including equines have been studied in order to discover what the ‘time-budget’ is for that particular species.

Rider Problems Part Three

If you have been following the previous articles you should now be able to walk and trot standing in the stirrups while balancing on the horse, using a neck strap for support. You may also be able to stay in this position without having to use the neck strap. You should now be able to absorb the movements of the horse into the hip, knee and ankle joints.

Manure Management For Horses And People

The valuable by-product, manure, is often considered a waste or, at best, a nuisance to dispose of. Yet most horse properties, including small ones, can use this manure to their advantage, it just takes a little time and planning.

Manure Management Options
Several options are open to you to manage any manure that is collected from stables, yards and paddocks. These options include:
• collected manure can be composted to spread later on paddocks and gardens or stored to be sold

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