Managing Horses on Small Properties
A comprehensive guide to the management of horses and land for owners of small properties.
A dream shared by many is to run a few horses on a small property on the fringes of a city or town. This book shows how to combine sustainable land management practices with a style of horse keeping that will protect the health and well-being of your horses, as well as the land and its wildlife. + Full description
Good property management does not need to be an expensive undertaking. Improved pasture means less feed bills, reduced mud or dust improves a horse's health and reduces vet bills, better manure management turns a liability into an asset.
The reader is first introduced to the horse's natural behaviour as expressed in body language, intelligence, ability to learn, grazing, herd instincts and social behaviour. The book then goes on to cover all the basics of safe handling, routine care and common health problems.
Property selection, property design, water supply, pasture management, horse facilities, fencing, trees and plants, manure management and equipment and tools are comprehensively dealt with in separate chapters.
This is a practical book written with a minimum of jargon especially for those who are new to horse ownership and small properties. It will deliver real benefits to the landholder, including reduced horse keeping costs, better welfare of horses, increased productivity, and improved land management practices.- Short description
"Whether you're a prospective or an established equine landowner this book is a sound investment. Its practical approach to horse and property management is evident throughout, and this, coupled with the comprehensive detail, will ensure its place as a well-thumbed volume on any equine bookshelf."
SU (New Zealand Lifestyle Block, Dec 2005)
"This practical guide is perfect for those people that are new to horse ownership and small properties."
Linda Sharman, WA Country Lifestyle, Summer 2007
DetailsePDF | June 2005
Publisher: Landlinks Press
ePUB | June 2005
Publisher: Landlinks Press
- Provides practical information and real benefits for both new and experienced horse owners
- Written in a straightforward manner using a minimum of jargon
- Well illustrated with explanatory photographs
- Glossary of terms
- Useful contacts
ContentsChapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Horse management
Natural horse behaviour
Safe horse management
Routine horse care
Common health problems
Chapter 3 Property selection
Individual property features
The wider area
Chapter 4 Property design
Making a plan
Chapter 5 Water supply and conservation
Managing and conserving water
The natural system
Chapter 6 Pasture management
Suitable pasture species
Chapter 7 Horse facilities
Chapter 8 Fences and fencing
Types of fences
Gates and gateways
Chapter 9 Trees and plants
The benefits of trees and plants
Trees and plants as habitat
Trees for shelter and fire protection
Trees and plants for fodder
Poisonous trees and plants
Trees and plants for pest protection
Buying and planting
Protection and care
Chapter 10 Manure management
Manure management options
Affects of types of bedding
Manure accumulation and composition
Paddock manure management
Chapter 11 Equipment and tools
What equipment is necessary?
Chapter 12 Resources