Overgrazed pastures are the biggest cause of soil degradation, weed issues and parasite burdens in horses. Many horse properties are designed with small paddocks that contain mostly weeds and bare, compacted soil.
The main reason for paddocks in this condition is due to over-grazing and no paddock resting/rotation cycle in place. The cycle is exacerbated because this often means animals rely on being hand fed at set intervals throughout the day and stand around causing bare ground and soil compaction, rather than moving around and grazing constantly as their digestive systems require.
The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network has developed a series of 12 fact sheets on a variety of topics of special interest to the small landholder. Whilst these fact sheets have been developed for landholders in this region of Victoria, the advice offered equally applies to other parts.
This fact sheet provides some useful considerations, resources and references for those starting out.
Click here to view the Fact Sheet Sustainable management for healthy equine properties
Source material is available so groups can edit and print their own modified version:
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