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Horse expert to deliver workshop in Lake Macquarie

Horse owners can learn how to create a healthy and sustainable environment for their horses and their property at a free workshop to be held in Lake Macquarie next month.

Nationally acclaimed equine expert Stuart Myers B.A will conduct a half day 'Healthy Horses, Healthy Land' workshop from 9am - 2.30pm on Monday 10 November 2014 in Lake Macquarie.

Attendees will learn about the natural grazing behaviour and management of horses, good pasture management practice and innovative designs for horse properties, and gain practical solutions for common problems faced by many horse owners.

Stuart, and his wife Jane Myers MSc (equine), are well-known in the Australian equine industry. Jane is the author of the CSIRO publications Managing Horses on Small Properties and Horse Safe: A Complete Guide to Equine Safety and co-author of the Sustainable Horsekeeping series (2011).

Jane has taught horse riding and management for 25 years, including seven years teaching Equine Studies at Glenormiston College (Melbourne University) and is an international speaker on the subject of sustainable horse property management.

Stuart Myers said effective horse property management saves time and expense whilst at the same time taking care of the environment resulting in reduced feed bills, flies, dust and mud; increased property values; and happy horses and happy neighbours.

'Caring for your horses and the land that they live on doesn't need to be an expensive undertaking.'

'In fact, often a slight change in the way that you do things can lead to big savings in both time and money and have many benefits.'

'The main objective is growing the right grasses in order to reduce the feed bill, whilst maintaining good groundcover, reducing erosion and run off into waterways, reducing the worm (parasite) burden of horses and controlling weeds,' Stuart said.

The workshop is supported by Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Bookings are essential and are required by 6 November 2014.

Register online or contact Carolyn Jenkinson, Senior Land Services Officer in the Wyong office on 4352 5113 or email carolyn.jenkinson@lls.nsw.gov.au

Contact Jillian Ayre (Mon, Tues, Wed) or Maree Whelan (Thurs – Fri) on (02) 4938 4932