Evening Talk – How Good is Your Pasture Management and what can we learn from the New Forest on 12 Feb?
The theme of this evening Talk is “How good is your pasture management? And what can we learn from the New Forest and its ponies?”
Our aim for the evening is to give you lots of practical ideas about how you can improve your fields and pastures, to challenge your views about the Forest and New Forest ponies and to ask if there are aspects of their lives out on the Forest that are actually better than what we can offer in domestic managed herds.
Lyndsey Stride will be giving a background and history of Commoning and the New Forest Ponies. She will talk about how the ponies benefit and shape the ecology of the New Forest and ask what we can learn from New Forest ponies that could be of benefit to our horses at home. Lyndsey has recently spoken at the World Horse Welfare Conference on this subject and we are delighted to have the opportunity to discuss these issues at more length at Tilefield.
Amanda Barton will be taking about equine behaviour within a natural group and look at changes created by a managed group on the Forest or more highly managed environment in a domestic group of horses. We will look at the behavioural implications of many common domestic management issues.
Tracé Williams is a Farmland Adviser from the New Forest Land Advice Service. She will be taking about how to make paddocks more diverse botanically, which of course has health benefits for horses as well as benefits for wildlife. She will look at poo picking and how to manage unwanted weeds. She will also be talking bout managing manure and stable materials by composting and will discuss grazing pressure and managing grass sugar levels.
Time 7pm – 9pm
Bookings at https://www.tilefieldequestrian.com/bookings/