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Using Horse Property Tree Services

I have recently been reading about sustainable horse properties and consequently been thinking about when my husband and I get land.  I would make use of someone who offered horse property tree services!  There is so much to learn about trees that can benefit horse property owners.

When we attain land, we will need locals in the know (who know horses) to guide us about trees on the property and what we can grow for fodder.  We would also need to know what is native to the area and what will work for shade and wind and fire breaks.

Trees also add the benefits of aesthetics to a horse property.  They have many, many uses and are best planted under the guidance of someone who knows trees and horses.

This got me thinking: why not have such a business that caters to this for horse properties?  I considered this idea specifically after seeing ArborEssence recently in town.  I am sure there is a market out there for tree specialists who are able to cater to large horse properties!

Horse Property Tree Services: Would you pay a Business to Guide you on Your Horse Property?

Horse Property Tree Services: Would you pay a Business to Guide you on Your Horse Property?

In Australia the breeding of thoroughbreds is a lucrative business – it is one of the top employers.  I am sure it is in other countries.  Although ‘horse property tree services‘ may be considered a niche market, because the thoroughbred industry earns so much, people would be able to pay for such a service.  I am sure the performance horse industry would be interested, too!

Having a company that could help make wise decisions about trees and property planning would be highly beneficial to many.  And, it would save money!

“There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain’t a thing.” – Will Rogers

Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses, Equiculture

Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses is a must read for any horse owner.  This book is by Jane and Stuart Myers of Equiculture.  Whether you own your land, lease it or keep your horse on someone else’s property, it will be invaluable to you.  Knowing how to best manage horses and the land they are on is pivotal for sustainability and good horse health.

Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses by Jane and Stuart Myers

Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses by Jane and Stuart Myers

As an aspiring land owner, I cannot more highly recommend a book.  It is full of information, practical and incredibly useful.

Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses covers the topics of:

  • Horses and pasture
  • Horses and water
  • Horses and vegetation
  • The Equicentral System

In excess of 200 pages, this book looks at sustainable grazing practices for horses.  Forms of fodder that can be grown to further feed horses are included.  This can be particularly beneficial in times of drought.  The issues of erosion, water logging and salinity are discussed.  Further to this, ways to capture and retain water on your property are highlighted.

The horse’s natural grazing behaviour is explored, and how to encourage this on your property.  Rotational grazing systems are explored and highly advocated for all property owners.  For those who are limited with land, the Equicentral System is explained so that it can be implemented successfully by anyone.

Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses is an invaluable read.  It is an incredible resource of information for the horse and land owner.  Further information is provided too, in the form of recommended contacts.  These may assist with local plant, land management and water queries.  Well worth purchasing.

Author: Jane Myers and Stuart Myers
http://www.equiculture.com.au/
Non Fiction – horse management and land care
In My Library? An incredible addition to my non fiction collection.
Want it? Get it now at Amazon.

“I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.” – Author unknown

Andromeda – Sustainable Rubber for the Horse Industry

I’ve recently connected with someone who represents Andromeda – Used Rubber Belt Specialists.

Rubber surfacing is particularly safe for horses.

For me, a company that is able to reuse a product and provide something that is sustainable (and for the equine industry!) gets a big thumbs up!

These guys don’t specifically cater to just the horse industry, but they definitely do make products that can be of benefit to horse owners:

  • rubber fencing
  • matting for walkways such as within a stable or washbay
  • stalls or dividers
  • feeders

They’re Australian based and if you have a need for a horse friendly surface, why not Equine Products at Andromeda?

“All I need to know in life I learned from my horse: when you want your way, stomp hard on the nearest foot.” – Author unknown

Buying a Horse Property

This book by the Equiculture team – Jane and Stuart Myers, covers the practicalities that need to be considered when shopping for and deciding to buy a horse property. The book takes a quick but informative look at what should be considered.

Buying a Horse Property by Jane and Stuart Myers

Topics covered include how lifestyle decisions can lead to purchasing a horse property and whether such an investment is a good one. For those interested in buying, the topics of the buyer’s budget, property location and size, facilities and layout, pastures and soil, natural features and much more are considered.

A checklist of questions to ask the vendor are included for those who are in the process of seeking out a property to buy.

Jane and Stuart are focused on sustainable horse properties and this book encourages such an outlook when looking to purchase a property. It contains a lot of valuable information and points readers to other resources where more information of value can be found. An insightful read from someone who hopes to put the information to good use in the future!

Authors: Jane and Stuart Myers
http://www.equiculture.com.au/
Non Fiction – horse properties
In My Library? As an eBook, yes!
Want it? Get it now at Amazon.

“You know you’re a horse person when… you stop channel surfing at Budweiser Clydesdale commercials.” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Breeder

This week’s letter is B. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Accounting (Equine Business).

Breeding Horses can be Incredibly Rewarding, but Hard Work and Time Consuming

It is possible to be a person who breeds horses for a living.  It should be noted however, that a successful breeder needs to be able to:

  • Cater to a niche market – there needs to be a demand for what is being bred
  • Support financially the cost of keeping mares, foals, young stock and/or stallions
  • Have somewhere to keep a number of horses
  • Be patient – it takes 12 months to breed a mare and generate a foal and even longer to sell the progeny
  • Turn out the sale horses to a high standard or pay for someone else to do so, so that they’re presented well to potential buyers

An awareness of a mare’s reproductive cycle, and how to care for her during pregnancy and feed her appropriately are important.  If owning stallions, knowledge of live covers and/or artificial insemination as well as appropriate training and handling of entire horses is also vital.

If you plan to breed horses, but only provide the financial backing, then you’ll need to find an appropriate property (stud) on which to keep the horses and will be charged for the staff knowledge and experience with regards to the care of stud horses, breeding fees and agistment costs.

For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“Breed the best to the best and hope for the best.” – Breeder’s axiom

Land and Horses

Fees for Public Use

Hubby was kind enough to indulge me last month and take us for a drive to a nearby reserve that is utilised for a local Pony Club.  This particular reserve is open to the public and can be utilised for a small fee for those in need of horse riding facilities.

Keen to offer something similar on our future property, I was eager to see what was on offer and how good the facilities were.  It was exciting to see an area with fenced off and maintained arenas, tie up areas for horses and a relatively spectacular collection of cross country jumps dotted about cleared areas between native trees.  Definitely got me dreaming about future goals!

Cross Country Jumps at the Reserve

Perhaps you have a love of horses and some land that could be put to use for the fellow equestrian. There would definitely be establishment costs and ongoing maintenance and gardening, but perhaps this is an area where you can invest and find a return in the equestrian world?

“You know you’re a horse person when you consider a golf course as a waste of good pasture land.” – Author unknown

Profile On: Greg Williams, General Timber

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
6-7 days a week!

What is it exactly that you do?
My company, General Timber, Inc., specializes in safe ‘animal control’ fencing solutions utilizing pressure treated (southern yellow pine) all from the local forests of North Carolina. We assist with land development for horses, cattle, and exotic game, and also manage projects for run-in-sheds and barns. Our materials will last upwards to 30 years. General Timber is the last Creosote timber manufacturer in the state of North Carolina. We also utilize a fence coating service with NuTone Painting Solutions to help protect our products from weathering.

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Absolutely! General Timber, Inc. is over 50 years old and a family business. My family has successfully lived out of this business since 1988. The strength of the equine industry has been a major factor in this phenomenal success!

The Granddaughter of Seattle Slew

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
We are very “service” oriented at General Timber. One of the mottos that we live by is this; “You are only as good as your last project.” If you put the customer first and know your trade well, success will follow you.

Favourite horse memory?
I was introduced to the granddaughter from the famous “Seattle Slew” pedigree! We were able to obtain permission to grab some photos of the beautiful horse with our fencing. I will share that photograph with you for posterity.

Future goals?
We would like to remain a consistent, viable part of the growing equine industry on the East coast.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
Our company mantra is “BUILDING YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITIES.” It never fails, after each and every farm we assist with their animal control fencing solutions, that we leave with a deep sense of personal gratification. It just feels right to help people keep their valuable horses and livestock safe and happy!

“Throw your heart over a fence and your horse will follow.” – Author unknown

Free Farm Planning Electronic Resource

What Would Your Ideal Horse Property Consist of?

At uni this semester I am undertaking an elective Property Planning and Development.  I look forward to the day when I can apply the principles to my husbands and my property, but until then, am content focusing on the agistment facility where I keep my gelding.

We are required to map out what is available on the property in the form of facilities and paddock subdivision and then create another overlay where we put in proposed changes/additions with a focus on sustainability.

This is possible to do manually with a printed out aerial map of the property, or electronically.

If choosing to do so electronically, we’ve been pointed towards a program that you can gain for the cost of postage (otherwise it’s free) from eAgribusiness.  If you’re establishing your own setup, the cost of postage is well worth investing in (and probably can be claimed on tax ;)).

“For the wonderful brain of man
However mighty its force
Had never achieved its lordly plan
Without the aid of a horse.” – Ella Wilcox

Friday Feature: Horse Sitting

This week’s letter is H.  If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Graphic Design.

Today we’re looking at horse sitting as a potential income earner.  A horse sitter may have a varied list of tasks to carry out whilst being employed to look after someone else’s horses.  Often they are utilised when a property owner needs to be away on business or holidays for an extended period of time.  We all know horses don’t stop eating and drinking whilst we’re on holidays!

Tasks may include:

  • Checking horses daily
  • Checking fencelines and water sources
  • Feeding horses
  • Carrying out basic first aid or contacting a veterinarian after consulting with the property owner

If you run a property with stock, it is important to know that they are being cared for whilst you’re away.  This is where the services of a horse sitter may come in.  Often the jobs are short term and will require a number of clients to be consistently in work.

Other posts of interest may include:

“Keep one leg on one side, the other leg on the other side, and your mind in the middle.” – Henry Taylor

Emergency Evacuation Plan Resource

Here in Australia it’s greatly warming up and the state of New South Wales has been under attack by fires.  Fires are one of a few natural disasters that horse owners should be prepared for – are you?

Horse and People created in 2011 a free resource/fact sheet with regards to an Emergency Evacuation Plan.  Why not take a look?  You can benefit greatly from free resources created by those in the know 🙂

“For the wonderful brain of man, However mighty its force; Had never achieved its lordly plan, Without the aid of a horse.” – Ella Wilcox

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