no track in my pasture
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.
Jun 3 2011, 11:05 PM EDT by
Urgent Mirian B!! in Canada
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mar 29 2010, 7:08 PM EDT by
1st DVD's on their way, arrive in 1 week
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.
Feb 17 2010, 8:20 PM EST by
Order your "Desert Brumby" video by Monday!
Christina's first group order for Brian Hampson's "Desert Brumby" DVD will be sent off this Monday! Remember, the money from our group order will go toward bringing a special GPS horse tracking collar to Kentucky, to begin a new Paddock Paradise movement study that will very likely include some of our very own turnout tracks. :-) I've already sent my $45 to email@example.com on Paypal.
And the video looks like it will be fantastic -- full of cutting edge gps research results, and also with a bit of a plot as the coastal mare, "Christine" spends 3 months trying to fit in with a desert band's lifestyle.
Plus, ordering as a group will keep the price at $45 for us instead of having to pay shipping on it from Australia!
Christina, have you watched this DVD yet? Can you confirm whether it is family friendly? Am I right about it having a storyline?
Feb 6 2010, 1:56 PM EST by
Research Data on paddock configuration
Here is some of the data that Brian has accumulated when comparing feral and domesticated horses.
When he studied the domesticated horses in order to compare their movement to a feral horse he accumulated some interesting data. The main conclusion is, and I don't think we'll be surprised, but feral horses move a great deal more than the avg. horse in the avg. sized paddocks. Paddock configuration did have some impact but not much. Surprisingly the race track style track did not cause more movement than an open pasture configuration. There was diminishing movement with other track configurations such as a spiral and a zig zag fence pattern.
The study was done using 5 different horses, each placed in with one lower status gelding for company and was for 6 days at a time.
Here is some of the basic figures in km/day in this format:
Type of design / Distance avg. km/day / Miles conversion
Open with Shade tree at far end / 4.1 / 2.548
Race Track style / 3.9 / 2.423
Maze(Zig zag type) / 3.8 /Hardly no movement in the night hours
Spiral to center / 3.1 / Hardly no movement in the night hours
Open and no shade tree / 3.9/ 2.423
Feral horse on at least 9000 acres traveled an avg of 17.9km per day with a range daily from 12.5-25.9 km, in miles this is an avg of 11.2 m
As stated at the top of the page: The consequences of limiting domestic horse movements by confinement may have a negative impact on general health, fitness and foot health. I know this is kind of a "Duh." statement but its great that everyone here is striving to find ways to improve and diminish this negative impact.
Feb 3 2010, 8:22 PM EST by
US GPS movement Study and Brumby info
Hi all. I'm moving this discussion to this page since Tmanes went to so much trouble to set it up for us. Plus for new members it will be easier for them to find.
I will be posting the data that Brian Hampson has shared with us that he did with brumbies and some domesticated horses in Australia both free and in paddocks.
REGARDING THE DVD and teaching hoofs, Brian is actually writing his phd final papers so he is very covered up. He emailed and asked that I compile the orders together (he will add in any that came in today via his paypal) so that he can make one shipment from Australia to the US, then I will ship from here (KY) to each of you as soon as they arrive. This will save him time and $ on shipping he said. So email me with any questions and you can pay via paypal on our ministry website for the farm www.thehighmountain.com or via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org note in comments that its for dvds or feet or both.
(Joann is this the right page for it to show up under the right heading that you created?)
Hi All regarding track movement
Perhaps since Joann went to the trouble we should move our conversation on the track movement o here?
Feb 2 2010, 11:35 AM EST by
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, it
Mar 6 2010, 11:28 AM EST by