Guest Horse Management and Living Arrangements.
Guest horses live in a herd environment, rotated regularly through a variety of paddocks.
Feeding is ad-lib pasture and hay, supplemented with minerals and herbs on a regular basis.
Guest horses have regular access to dams for swimming and play. They take to the water all year round! This photo was taken on a crisp August day.
Herds are managed and organised to accommodate feed requirements of individual horses as well as the social structures that the horses form themselves.
Guest horses are not normally rugged as experience has shown that the horses have no need for them. Rugs may be used if they are required for specific horse health reasons. Guest horses that arrive during the colder months may be rugged until they acclimatise. Any rugging arrangements will be discussed on an individual basis.
Guest Horses are visited regularly so that they continue to receive human contact, interaction and attention.
We use the services of a qualified horse dentist who visits the herd twice a year. In addition to teeth, hooves are maintained in what is known as the 'barehoof' model, based on wild horse hooves and physiolically correct trimming. Hoof care is carried out at four to six week intervals, depending on hoof growth and wear. Glenn is a qualified and practicing barehoof trimmer.
Each spring when the horses shed their winter coats, we assist with regular brushing and combing sessions. The horses always enjoy the extra attention, and help to reach those 'itchy' spots caused by coat shedding.
Each year we use ParaSite Diagnostic Services http://www.parasite.com.au/ in Benalla to test a representitive sample of the horses for worm count. This guides us in the application of drenches and wormers. We have found that with paddock rotation and light grazing, worm counts are generally low. However horses are usually drenced twice a year.
Grazing Muzzles: As a feed and body weight management strategy but still allow the horse to remain in the free roaming herd living arrangement, over the years we have found with a variety of horses that grazing muzzles are very effective tool. For horses that are voracious eaters, very 'good doers' and those with overweight issues the judicious and seasonal use of well fitting grazing muzzles can initially take some weight off the horse, and over time stabilise the weight whist still allowing the muzzled horse to remain with their herd and to live in the large paddocks and long track systems here at Waterfall Creek.
Our experience has shown that while horses would obviously prefer not to have them on, they are not distressed by them and adapt very quickly to the new "nibble" style of eating. They are also a lot happier remaining and moving with their buddies in the herd.
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Last updated September 8, 2016