Welcome to the HorsesLandWater Community of Practice
A Community of Practice is a group of like-minded people who share information about a set range of topics, in this case, horse keeping and good land management practices.
This Community of Practice uses four key ways to engage horse owners and horse property managers with each other to share collective knowledge and experiences


In July 2016, Horse SA was awarded the Climate Change Adaptation Champion 2015-2016. Media release here



Horse keeping comes under the Regulations (page 135) under the (State) Development Act.  If you keep more than one horse per 3 hectares of land used for horse keeping OR hand feed horses, then a Development Application maybe required by your local council and approval given. (Depends on zoning)

Each Council interprets and enforces the Regulations as laid out in their own local level Development Plans.  Most new horse property owners are unaware of this requirement until a neighbour complains (dust, mud, noise, fences) or Council sends them a legal notification e.g. if overstocked or perhaps a change of land use has occurred

As part of the process to apply to keep horses, property owners will need to write a plan showing how the property will be managed including number of horses and how the environmental factors of soil, water etc. Planning SA has a Guide for Applicants to assist.



It is a legal requirement to register for a  Property Identification Codes (PIC), which are mandatory in South Australia for all properties with one livestock or more e.g. horse, alpaca, sheep. The fee to register is currently (2014) $81 every two years. Visit Biosecurity SA for further information.




Download PDF for Paddock Rotator  front  back


Webinars sponsored by NRM Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges landholder services

Webinar: Feeding the Modern Horse   with  MB Equine Services

Webinar: Pasture Species with  MB Equine Services   Webinar on YouTube OR MP3 file 

Webinar:  Composting on Horse Properties  with  MB Equine Services

Webinar: Feeding horses at pasture Pt. 1          Feeding horses at pasture Pt. 2     with  MB Equine Services sponsored by

Webinar: Regenerative solutions for pasture management on  horse properties  with MB Equine Services

Webinar: Enriching horses lives  with MB Equine Services

Webinar: The Secret lives of horses with MB Equine Services

Webinar:  Planning your horse property with Dr. Mariette van den Berg

Webinar:  Pasture as Pharmacy with Dr Mariette van den Berg

Webinar:  Top 10 questions horse owners ask about getting started in native grasses    with Ian Chivers

Webinar:  Managing high-sugar pastures and reducing laminitis risk with Dr Mariette van den Berg

Webinar:  Identify poisonous plants and weed control  Dr Mariette van den Berg

Webinar:  Restoring damaged pastures and soils  Dr Mariette van den Berg

Webinar:  Horses + Snakes with Geoff Coombe


Purchase webinars
Managing seed bank of weeds in the soil with Dr Ian Chivers  $5.50 


Booklet: Tips for the care of confined horses by Horse SA

Booklet: Farm Water Supplies – a guideline for small properties by NRM AMLR

Booklet: Horses + Agistment  sponsored by   NRM Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges. 

Booklet: Horse + Biosecurity sponsored by NRM Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges. 

Booklet:  Horses + Grass (Developing observational skills) sponsored by NRM Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges. 

Fact Sheet:  Horse Keeping in Low Rainfall Areas  supported by Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin

Info sheet: Native grass pasture for horses by Andy Cole

Fact sheet: Weeds Horse Keeping in Low Rainfall Areas

Brochure: Keeping a horse in Murray Bridge district

Pinterest board: Horse Keeping in Low Rainfall Areas

PowerPoint:   Horse SA Pasture, Hay & Lucerne Workshop  29 Nov 2016

PowerPoint:  Renovate that horse paddock  Feb 2017

PowerPoint:  A calendar year of pasture management  Nov 2017



The Spring Flush (Willunga and Roseworthy 2016) Download notes  here  by Andy Cole

Educational Farm Walk Aldinga Oct. 2016  Download Photo story  and notes here by Andy Cole

Educational Farm Walk dec-3-2016

Tarpauling Chat (Jeff Edwards)  3 April 2017 – Info here


NATIVE GRASSES & HORSES TRIALS (by Upper Torrens Land Management Project)

Follow this project and four landholders  here

Links to videos from the seminars and farm walks on native grasses and horses



On farm disposal of animal carcasses  7566_onfarm_disposal-22016.pdf (updated 2016)



Here is a story by Landcare about the Raphael’s property near Gawler, often visited by Horse SA for field days too. Remember to check the Horse SA Events page to see if there is a field day or educational workshop coming up related to horse keeping and property management.


PowerPoint: 10 Ways to Save Money at the Vets


FREE online Plant Biosecurity Training http://www.planthealthaustralia.com.au/resources/training/

Link to AMLR NRM Weed page including info on buying in hays http://www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au/Publicationsandresources/Factsheetspublications/Pestplants.aspx

Link to PIRSA Plant Biosecurity webpage: http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecuritysa/planthealth/plant_pests

Phylloxera Info (Please stay on marked trails DO NOT ENTER vineyards) http://www.phylloxera.com.au/resources/materials-resource/




Educational Webinars (recorded online lectures) – visit our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/HorseFederationSA/ Urban Horse Keeping in SA_ pocket guide Urban Horse Keeping

Horse keeping in the Murray Bridge district

HorsesForCleanWater presentations by Alayne Blickle Greening Your Horse Property: Natural Ways to Manage Mud, Manure, Dust, Bugs &





COLOUR IN Download PDF here: Horse SA Colour-in Colour-in picture