Are you looking to create a sustainable equine paddock management system? Ten Steps to Horse Utopia Is Just For You. It’s a step-by-step guide to improving your pastures, managing your paddocks and creating a healthier environment for your horse. It covers herd behaviour, cell grazing, muster points, sacrifice paddocks, compacted soils, land preservation, bare ground, dung beetles, swales and composting.
Here is a snippet from the book:
By creating a Horse Utopia, you will be drastically minimising the amount of time horses spend out on the pasture grazing. This doesn’t result in horses losing weight; it reduces the impact of the hooves on the pasture and soil – reducing compaction and allowing the grass the best opportunity to grow.
This, along with pasture management techniques will improve your pastures over time creating a healthier and more diverse grass growth, ultimately saving you money on horse feed and possibly veterinary bills. With the system in place, you will spend less time on weed control, feeding and watering and more quality time with your horses.
From chapter 1
There are a number of aspects of the Utopia system.
- The Muster Point – the only watering and substitute feeding point on the property.
- Herd living – groups of horses living together.
- Laneways – these can be used to your advantage or your horses advantage.
- The Sacrifice paddock – used to preserve the rest of the property.
- Riparian and natural state zones -to help conserve the environment.
Step one: The Muster Point
The single water and feed point eliminates the need for pipelines, taps and multiple water troughs and feeding areas in other parts of the paddock. The muster point area should ideally be located close to where the horses naturally like to congregate whilst waiting for feed time, the closest area to the house, feed shed or arena.
What horse and property owner wouldn’t want that?
This book can help you start making little changes that will make a big impact! If perfect pastures are your dream, start here!
If you would like some advice on how yo set up your paddocks, there is a consulting service available.
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