• Carob for horses

    By Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc. (Hons), MSc., RAnNutr. (Equine Nutrition) Introduction In a previous article we describe the benefits of trees and shrubs as fodder and provided  some examples of potential forage trees and shrubs for horses (see Alternative forages). Trees and shrubs can supplement the quantity and quality of pastures for grazing horses […]

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  • Pilot study tests ‘peat pads’ bedding as a way improve air quality in stables

    By Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc. (Hons), MSc., RAnNutr. (MB Equine Services) A recently published pilot study compared the traditional straw with a novel bedding product suggesting it can reduce dust and ammonia concentration levels in stable barns. The Noord-Holland centre of technology (TCNN) worked in collaboration with the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied […]

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  • Pasture hydration & the role of trees

    Published in the Horses and People Magazine & Hoofbeats Magazine Hydration & Vegetation Management By Mariette van den Berg BAppSc.(Hons), MSc. (Equine Nutrition) In the previous section we discuss the value of using permaculture principles and Keyline design to build soil, improve soil carbon and fertility, and effectively capture and distribute rainwater. In this section, […]

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  • Compacted soils and Keyline Design

    Published in Horses and People Magazine & Hoofbeats Magazine Its all about healthy soil By Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc. (Hons), MSc. (Equine Nutrition) Horses compact ground, and they especially love to do so in the corners of paddocks. But when soils are compacted by hoofed animals, rainwater is unable to penetrate the ground to […]

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  • Alternative Forages

    Published in the Horses and People Magazine & Hoofbeats Magazine Forage trees & shrubs for horses  By Mariette van den Berg BAppSc.(Hons), MSc. (Equine Nutrition) Introduction Adding trees in and around pastures can be beneficial for a number of reasons: it not only plays a major role in the hydration of the land and the […]

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