Equine Permaculture: Regenerative Horse Property Design & Pasture Management
A collection of articles, 80 pages
by Mariette van den Berg & Nicholas Huggins
Generally, horse keeping is considered to be a costly hobby or business, especially with current price rises in living expenses and feed costs. On top of that, horse and land owners encounter high input costs or difficulties to maintain pastures and sustain the dietary needs of horses.
The need for a new approach to these challenges of horse keeping is getting more recognised in the equine community and sport industry. To be able to make horse keeping more economically viable and productive we must develop a sustainable horse property and pasture management plan that caters for immediate and long-term needs, your own personal goals (social, economical), your horse’s well-being and the environment.
By applying the ethics and principles of permaculture design and integrating knowledge on biological pasture management, holistic grazing planning, horse behaviour, horse nutrition and horse management you are able to create a more sustainable and healthy equine system. All horse and land owners, small and large acreage, are able to restore their land, increase soil carbon, regenerate pastures, drought proof their farm, close the input cycle of chemical based fertilisers by developing their own compost (tea) alternative, reduce supplementary feed costs by designing horse forage systems and improving natural feeding behaviour by forage enrichment and slow feeding strategies.
This book is a collection of articles that have been written for various national horse magazines in Australia. It provides comprehensive information about integrative systems and how to develop and regenerate your horse property and manage horses in an ecologically sound and most cost effective way to ensure the health of your horses and land.
The book can be ordered here.