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Studying Track Movement
|This new section is dedicated to finding ways of increasing spontaneous movement by horses along their turnout tracks. Motive variables might include paddock design, slow feeders and their placement, other methods of feeding, mineral stations, items of interest along the track, activity stations (rolling, sunbathing etc.), and so forth. Look for updates soon, or feel free to add your own pictures and observations. ~ JoAnn Johnson (tangledmanes)|
|New academic study indicating that track fencing alone does not increase horse movement:|
Australian Brumby Research Unit. Click on "GPS Tracking" under "Scope of the Research" to read about the GPS collar they designed, the study methods and goals.
"The Horse" article about University of Queensland's Brumby (wild horse) GPS tracking study:
Australian Brumby Research Could Apply to Laminitis
Their earlier domestic horse GPS study (abstract at http://www.wildhorseresearch.com/Documents/abstract-tracking.htm ), concluded:
"The unit was tested on domestic horses in a range of paddock sizes and designs. The distance moved by newborn foals was similar to their dams, with total distance traveled dependent on paddock size. Paddock design did not significantly affect distance, but the open paddock design tended to promote greater movement than more complicated paddock designs, including the popular "racetrack" design. Feral horses traveled significantly greater daily distances than domestic horses. The consequences of limiting domestic horse movements by confinement may have a negative impact on general health, fitness and foot health."
New U.S. GPS Movement Study being developed and planned.
Purchase of DVD "The Desert Brumby" will offset the costs of the equipment and software.
Turnout Area Movement Data
|Open Pasture Turnout Size||Turnout Track Size and Width||Average Distance Traveled per Day||Reported By|
|9800 acre feral area||11.12 miles per day||Australian Brumby Research Unit|
|39 acre pasture||4.47 miles per day||Australian Brumby Research Unit|
|9.8 acre pasture||3.79 miles per day||Australian Brumby Research Unit|
|1 acre pasture||2.92 miles per day||Australian Brumby Research Unit|
|20x20 foot paddock||0.68 miles per day||Australian Brumby Research Unit|
|Certainly in our part of the country, allowing horses free access to pasture will turn even quite a large acreage into a drylot within a few months. So I KNOW that my horses move more than most people's around here, because their horses live in pens! So for us the question is not "Do they move more on track?" but "Which features does a track system need to encourage enough movement.". Kris Hughes|
Feeding Strategies for Maximizing Track Movement
The video on the right is an example of my SMHN slow feeders grouped together, but spaced apart just enough to encourage the horses to mill about and swap feeding stations. These feeders contain only about six pounds of hay apiece, so are not large all-day slow feeders. There are more feeder stations placed around the turnout track. They would generally leave this feeder station when the nets are about half empty and go around the track to check out the other SMHNs. ~ JoAnn
Click to visit Tangledmanes "Satisfeeding" page.
(Multiple SMHNs last 24 hours and encourage movement.)
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|Takelababy||no track in my pasture||2||Jun 6 2011, 6:33 PM EDT by Takelababy|
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I don't have a track but have had numerous opportunities to study how much my horses move. Except for snooze times they are constantly moving as they graze. In winter they get plenty of exercise digging for grass under the snow even tho they have plenty of hay. I have two large round bales bro't in for two horses and they are spaced at least a few hundred yards apart. This in itself keeps the horses walking between bales. The bales are also as far a possible from the water source. On 3 acres I would say my horses walk at least 3 mi over a 24 hr period. I don't have a track, my small pastures are side by side with openings along one end so the horses can move from the farthest field to the water which is in the first field.
|ChristinaSchumacher||Urgent Mirian B!! in Canada||1||Apr 17 2010, 6:19 PM EDT by hoofhealth13|
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Mirain I need to hear from you. My hard drive went out and i lost all emails til its replaced. Your dvd came back and said invalid address. So I need you to email me so I can get it on the web and confirm the address. Please email me at email@example.com and I'll do webmail. Now we know why you didn't get yours. :) SORRY!
Please emai or call. I'm hoping you'll see this message.
|ChristinaSchumacher||1st DVD's on their way, arrive in 1 week||15||Mar 30 2010, 1:51 PM EDT by ChristinaSchumacher|
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Hi. To everyone who ordered in the first shipment. They are on their way. Should arrive in 1 week here and then I'll get them right out to you. Except Marja, yours will come straight to Neverland. :) I mean netherlands.....
Thanks for your order!!! Helping horses thru research!!!
If anyone else wants to order just contact me and we'll get another shipment out.
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