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OUR PRACTICES

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Our free-roaming grazing animals are key to our work with regenerating the land as their movements across the landscape help to shape and maintain an evolving mosaic of dynamic habitats to support diversity of resident and visiting wildlife.

The practice of Equiculture combines good (progressive) land management practices with equine welfare and natural behaviors. It includes and incorporates the concepts of Permaculture, Regenerative Agriculture and 'rewilding' etc. into horsekeeping to create and maintain healthy pastures and healthy horses. Once established, it becomes easier to manage horses and the land they live on because it is a practice of working with natural systems rather than against them.

 

By understanding horse behavior, particularly their grazing behavior, horse/land management becomes more straightforward. Once you know the relationship between horse welfare and their health, pasture and soil health, and how to balance these, there are many benefits to working this way. It is slower form of restoration than working with machines and tools, but also more sustainable and less destructive. As the land becomes healthier, so do the horses, and the systems begin to run themselves.

 

These practices work on a continuous cycle of improvement, whereas most other horse management systems are, at best just maintenance, but more often, a process of increasing degradation (more mud/dust and undesirable plants and more expenses with supplemental feed etc).

 

SOIL HEALTH

Like nothing else, increasing the health of soil simultaneously addresses nearly all environmental issues. Feed the soil, not the plant.

We are exploring ways to incorporate Indigenous food systems so that this land can be provide organic produce and culturally significant first foods and sacred medicine plants to our local Coastal Tribes, while contributing to the overall food security of the region... (to be actively managed as part of the revitalization of Indigenous food systems in the area)

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“Building soil, building living soil, is the highest activity

human beings can be engaged in.”

Vandana Shiva