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  • 1. Horse Keeping & Small Properties Future Proof Your Horse Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 1
  • 2. About Horse SA Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 • Not for profit organisation established 1999 • Advocate, work with and for horse owners & organisations in key areas including horse keeping & environment, recreational trails, horse health & welfare and strategic planning • Over 220 members; clubs (from Pony Club to Racing), businesses & individuals • 1 x F.T.E. Executive Officer/Project Manager 2 Survey results in this presentation have been drawn from a voluntary questionnaire on www.horseslandwater.com
  • 3. Capricornia Equine Landcare Assoc Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 Vision: To become the regional community based equine interest group that provides engaged and proactive leadership in sustainable horse property management. Aims (Abridged) 1.To provide current information to horse owners 2. To develop a shared purpose, to empower and engage all stakeholders in a practical approach to sustainable natural resource management. 3. To facilitate the development of effective networks for horse owners Email: secretary@capequine.landcare.org.au Facebook: Capricornia Equine Landcare Association 3
  • 4. What About Horse Keeping? 1. The majority of horse keeping in SA is in the Adelaide Hills, which also provides 60% Adelaide’s drinking water supply (EPA/SA Water) 2. What are your Shire/Council requirements related to the keeping & riding of horses? Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 4
  • 5. MODERN-DAY HORSE KEEPING Industry Legislative Own Community Catchment Market Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 5
  • 6. Horse Owners Can Lead LandCare  Horse health  Environment  Business benefits  Social benefits Achievable Intensive Horse Keeping :http://www.landcareonline.com.au/?page_id=2555 Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 6
  • 7. Start Local • Achieve your goals • Enjoy your horses • Keep horses healthy • Avoid overgrazing • Build resilience • Improve environment • Be a positive part of your neighbourhood Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 7 Before & After
  • 8. What are your personal goals? Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 Equine goals Family & social Financial Environmental Lifestyle TIME POOR 108 had less than 2 hrs per week 81 have 2 – 8 hrs 19 have 8 – 12 hrs 17 have more than 12 hrs per week Total: 225 8
  • 9. What are your future issues? Horse have said….. My Horse (horse health & welfare) Emerging diseases /Heat stress transport My Property (sustainability) - better pasture species, availability of hay, water conservation/facility design (shade, shelter, water) Stay Safe- Be Prepared (emergency management) – Planning, evacuation, recovery (Resilience) Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 9
  • 10. How Will You Keep Your Horses ? Confined – half in/half out – Full time grazing Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 SIZE OF PROPERTY 130 < 10 h 36 : 11 – 50 h 20 >50 h Total 186 10
  • 11. Plan – Do – Check – Act (Review) Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 11
  • 12. Plan • Understand the property natural assets • Review horse keeping practices • Grow your networks & seek advice • Set measurable, achievable goals • Cost & time implications • Prioritise • Who will help you? - family/contractors?/other? Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 Will Family Help? 137 Yes 100 No Total 237 Make sure the plan is flexible and self-directed and based on continuous improvement 12
  • 13. Do THE FRIDGE LIST • Priority tasks • Daily & weekly tasks • Seasonal tasks • Cost vs. Outcome • Short term vs. long term investment Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 Do You Belong to a Horse Club or Organisation? Networks for help, advice and maybe some labour! 144 belonged to a horse organisation 93 did not Total 237 13
  • 14. Check Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 • How are you going against your goals? • Can you set up any ways to measure/check progress or success? • Keep it easy e.g. Photo points How many years have you had your horse property ? Of 239 127 Less than 2 yrs 43 2-5 yrs 29 6-10 yrs 37 more than 10 yrs 14
  • 15. Act (Review) • What worked? • What didn’t? • Not sure? • Take notes so can improve next season (don’t rely on memory!) Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 Were neighbours supportive of your horse keeping activities? 159 Yes 78 No Total 237 15
  • 16. Horse Health & Welfare • Eye problems • Greasy Heal/Mud Fever/Thrush • Poor Condition • Sand Colic/Sand-Induced Diarrhoea • Grass Founder • Toxicity Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 16 Talk in a positive manner about horse welfare & wellbeing
  • 17. Summary Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 Horse owners can lead LandCare Start Local Have a measurable, continuous improvement plan Horse health & welfare • Most people have been on their horse property for less than 2 years • Most spend 2 hrs a week or less on land management • Family may help • Likely to belong to a club • Most neighbours supportive Summary 17
  • 18. Contact Details • Horse SA e: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au w: www.horsesa.asn.au FaceBook HorsesLandWater • Capricornia Equine Landcare Assoc Horse SA horseslandwater.com Aug 2013 Email: secretary@capequine.landcare.org.au Facebook: Capricornia Equine 18