0Native pastures for the healthiest, most natural grazing
Our agistment pastures have been carefully developed under advice from Jane Myers. They feature a variety of native grasses and different herbs, and we implement a system of rotational grazing to allow for maximum plant growth ensuring the nutritional value is maintained at its best. The result is that our horses can selectively graze on a natural, healthy diet of various herbs and grasses.
“If you watch horses grazing pastures you would think that they were made for each other. You would in fact be correct; millions of years of evolution have created a symbiotic relationship between equines and grasslands. Our aim as horse owners and as custodians of the land should be to replicate that relationship on our property as closely as possible. By managing our land effectively we can ensure that the environment and our horses achieve optimum health.”
Understanding Horses and Pasture, Jane Myers.
Our property has been divided into a number of paddocks (of varying sizes) and we only offer agistment to a strictly limited number of horses. Our paddocks are shaded by native tree cover, and are accessed by wide internal laneways that provide access to a large central point watering trough. The benefits of a central point watering system are that the horses keep coming back to an area where they can be easily monitored, or for exercising/veterinary purposes. We don’t herd our horses from one paddock to another, but allow them access to open paddocks via our open laneways system.
All paddocks at Manna Park are sprayed regularly for weeds and fertilized according to regular soil analysis.
All new horses agisted on our property are required to be quarantined for a period of approximately 4 days (96 hours). During this time they may be required to be tested for parasites and/or worming carried out (Veterinary fee’s may apply, payable by owner). We have two paddocks located adjacent to the main house that are utilized for quarantine purposes that allows for close monitoring of sick or injured horses.
Our horses mingle
As herd animals, horses are far happier if they can mingle with other horses. Our property is located adjacent to other equestrian properties which means our horses are also overlooking other horses.
We feed our horses in the morning and at the end of the day, in the same location. We source all our hay and feed from local suppliers, which ensures the horses feed off grasses and herbs native to the region. Hay is provided in paddocks if needed to support pasture management (additional bale fee is seasonal as required, and distributed equally between boarders).
Owners are most welcome to come out to feed their own horses at our scheduled feeding times.
Drug & Mineral supplement service
We offer a free service where we administer (owner supplied) oral drugs or mineral supplements in the feed to their horse.
Bungendore Veterinary Surgery
We have a close relationship with Dr Jack Laing, Senior Veterinarian at the Bungendore Veterinary Surgery and other First Class Vets at the Practice. This ensures our horses get prompt treatment from leading Equine Veterinarians if they are injured or ill. See: www.vetsurgery.com.au
Morning and nightly checks
Owners (Mark and Geoff) live on the property, and undergo regular checks on all the horses’ condition and health (at least twice daily!)
We offer a complimentary rugging down service.