This service is aimed at equine and horse owners within the project area. If you are a horse owner or own an equine establishment and your horse pasture(s) are looking worn, full of weeds, are somewhat unproductive and providing difficult to improve, we can offer a completely free 1:1 service through our Downs and Harbours Clean Water Partnership programme.
The service is available to equine establishments within our area and looks at pasture management- including sward composition, stocking rates and soil issues, such as compact and run-off, as well as management of yards and manure. This service is being offered as there is a growing awareness of the possibility of horse ownership and/or equestrian businesses giving rise to localised high nutrient loading of surface waters and groundwaters, affecting the quality of pre-treated drinking water, rivers and local harbours.
The long-term benefits of improved management not only helps to reduce impacts on water quality but also promotes a better, more balanced mix of species for horses and ponies to feed on, the need for less (or zero) costly fertilisers and improved sustainability of pastures. It can also improve horse welfare such as obesity and laminitis. The service is open to both farming and non-farming enterprises. Please take a look our equine leaflet by clicking the icon below for more information.
The Environment Agency, alongside many other organisations offer guidelines for good practice on horse care, pasture and waste management practices. For more information please do follow the below links:
Surrey County Council
Marin County (USA)
The D&H programme is indebted to Frances Standen, with whom much of the advice regarding horse ownership has been developed. The D&H programme possesses a limited number of her excellent and free CDs, 'Managing Land For Horses', produced with support from SEEDA, CPRE, EA and Defra. The advice can also be found within the following guidance report, to which Frances was the sole/principal contributor:
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