Drainage and compaction problems addressed
The successful implementation of a well conceived pasture programme is not always easy to attain and requires constant vigilance. Whether it is the demands placed on stud managers coping with a constantly changing stud population or the one horse owner frustrated at the limited grazing time imposed at a busy livery yard, managing horse pastures can be challenging. However, it is doubtful that any other area of horse management is more satisfying than the provision of a safe, stimulating and appropriate grazing environment.

It is more important than ever that the contribution of pasture in horse management is recognised. All those responsible for the care of equines ought to be aware of the physiological and psychological benefits of regular access to time outside the confines of an enclosed building. However, it is not always apparent that these needs are being achieved within a sustainable and environmentally sound grazing strategy.

We are all aware of some of the worst examples of ‘Horsey culture’ and how badly it reflects on the horse industry in general. Those fortunate enough to be in a position to own or manage horse pastures have a perfect opportunity to project a positive example to associated agencies and the wider, 'non-horsey' community.

It has been rewarding to observe how the recognition of this perspective has changed the commercial fortunes of a variety of horse enterprises and improved the soundness and welfare of many equines. I would welcome the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of the horses in your care.