Equiculture workshop media release

11 May 2017

Equiculture Horse Ownership work shop

On the 26th of the April the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group’s Regional Landcare Facilitator, Melissa Bethel, held a successful Equiculture Workshop with Stuart Myers at the Mareeba Leagues Club. The workshop was attended by over 30 horse enthusiasts from throughout the region who also benefitted from the experience of Mareeba Shire Council’s Senior Land Protection Officer, Sid Clayton. Mr Clayton demonstrated the council’s Portable Clean Down Facility which is available to residents and also detailed several of the more common weeds that are prevalent in the area and the most effective way to control these as well as biosecurity measures to prevent new weeds entering the property on vehicles, via new animals and in hay.

Stuart Myers is the co-author of the best-selling books ‘Managing Horses on Small Properties’, ‘Horse Safe’, ‘Horse Sense’ and 'The Equicentral System' series, ‘Buying a Horse Property’ and a ‘Horse is a Horse’. Together with his wife Jane they travel the world delivering these workshops and assisting horse owners to become better land managers and to improve their pasture health which all combines to produce health, happy horses.

Some of the highlights covered last Wednesday included:

  • Improved health for the horses and people who live on the property.
  • Lower feed bills due to more grass for a longer period of the year.
  • Happier neighbours, fewer flies and less dust and mud.
  • Cleaner water and more habitat for wildlife.
  • An increased property value.
  • Techniques for erosion control and pasture rehabilitation

Many of the attendees indicated they were now equipped with a much better understanding of pasture management and intended to put a pasture rotation schedule in place on their return home.

The workshop was supported by funding provided by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Related Projects NRM Topic
Regional Landcare Facilitator