All you need to know about peri-urban horse keeping

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Australian equine advocacy group Horse SA has developed a 35-page booklet on the management of horse properties in areas between town and country.

Peri-Urban Horse Keeping in South Australia – Tips for the management of stable yards and small horse properties has been made available free online.

While aimed at South Australian horse owners, equestrians from other areas and countries can benefit from the wealth of knowledge within, relevant to private and professional horse and landowners and managers alike. From design considerations for stables, yards and utility areas, to soil health, water and pest management, the booklet covers everything that is needed to keep a horse, in easily understood language.

Also included are many links to fact sheets and other information.

The booklet was compiled with the help of Julie Fiedler, who left the role of Horse SA Executive Officer in May, and Jeannie Wilksch of Cultivate Design, and funded by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management (AMLRNRM) Board. Hard copies of the booklet are available at NRM offices.

The electronic copy is available online here.

One thought on “All you need to know about peri-urban horse keeping

  • July 25, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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    Am I alone in thinking that it’s high time Australian and New Zealand urban planning authorities stopped pretending that city people don’t ride? Or, for that matter, that the leisure horse industry is smaller and less important than racing?
    Horse people don’t ask for help. But the spread of one (or maybe two or three) horse properties aroung the edges of any city, and the race to the fringes of those cities by people whose jobs are in town when their hearts are with their horses is good for nobody, least of all riders and their horses.
    There is a solution. Whether the city councils set them up or simply stop taxing attempts to do so out of existence, livery stables with shared riding facilities, or even urban stables with indoor schools would limit the sale of city-contingent farming land, mean better care for horses and better opportunities for riders, and even allow those who are prevented from riding by the need to be within reach of work to realise their equestrian ambitions.
    There is nothing stopping this but a series of myths about equestrian sport (that only country people ride, that it isn’t a sport, really, that horses can’t be cared for except in a country paddock, that it’s all about playing cowboys . . . add your own!) and a lack of imagination. The latter, sadly, affects the equestrian community as much as anybody. There’s a certain amount of “I’m all right Jack” out there, and decisions made on behalf of equestrian sports are not usually made by somebody who rents a badly fenced paddock and dreads losing it, or who can’t afford a float and feels threatened by traffic as she rides out, or somebody trying to school a horse on a muddy or stony hillside. But the latter make up a bigger proportion of riders than anybody will admit, don’t they?
    This little booklet is nice, but if riders were given the same amount of council support per head as, say, cyclists, swimmers or golfers, access to the sport and care of our horses would be transformed.

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