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Horse Property Design, Part Three

Last week I covered some of the environmental stuff that you need to take into account when designing your property. This week I will cover the economic factors in more detail.

It is always difficult to know where to start when you buy a property. You need to separate what you want from what you/your horses and your property needs. For example many people start straight way by doing the fences (external and internal) and maybe putting in an arena and stables.

Grazing And Dunging Behaviour Of Horses

Dunging behaviour directly affects the selection of grass in a paddock. Horses, cattle and to some extent sheep will not graze over their own dung. This can result in large areas of a paddock becoming unavailable for grazing.

This problem is further exacerbated with horses because they group dung in one area of a paddock and graze in another. Cattle and sheep tend to dung more evenly across a paddock. This dunging behaviour of horses occurs when the stocking density is higher than it would be in the natural situation.

Horse Property Design, Part Four

Last week I covered some of the economic factors that you need to take into account when designing your horse property. This week I will cover some ergonomic factors in more detail.

Grazing Systems For Horses

The utilisation of grazing systems will maximise pasture production and extend the grazing season on your horse property. As a horse owner you need to regard your pasture in much the same way that a farmer would.

Utilizing grazing systems will have many benefits for you, your horses, your property and the wider environment. It will also reduce your feed bills and reduce dust and mud.

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.

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