Here is a summary of what we have at Jocida Park:
- 37 acres of paddocks, grassland and bush with trails, so plenty of space to ride
- Eight ½ acre individual paddocks, rotated with two paddocks per horse to maintain condition
(best for short term or old timers who need TLC)
- Eight 1 acre individual paddocks, rotated with two paddocks per horse to maintaon condition
(great for the bigger horses to stretch their legs)
- 3m wide alley-ways between each paddock so horses can be side by side with no playing over the fence
(No bites or rugs ripped!)
- Paddocks have solar-powered electric fencing.
- Full sized 60m x 20m sand dressage arena, fully fenced with gates at sides and ends, marked out with letters for dressage
- Rubber-lined sand round-yard, 14m diameter
- Water for horses is from town mains. There are also two dams on the property.
(swim your horse if you wish).
- Feed shed, with tie-ups for horses and storage including cupboards for use by agisters
- Change room with WC in feed shed, available for agisters, with sink and water
- Concrete wash bay
If you bring your horse to us, here is what we offer:
- Individual care for your horses needs
- Agistment in 1 or ½ acre paddocks, with two paddocks per horse
- Feeding, water checked twice per day (and scrubbed out weekly)
- All manure is picked up regularly by us
(and taken by permaculture farmers, they are 90% self sufficient - amazing people!)
- Worming is done every three months
(As manure is picked up, paddocks stay cleaner. Wormers can be provided by owners or by us at owners expense)
- Rugs put on or taken off morning and afternoon, according to weather conditions and owners wishes
(as it gets colder, rugs are put on or changed according to individual needs and each days conditions.
They are taken off as the day warms up, not at 6am when it is at its coldest.)
- Use of all facilities at Jocida Park
- Cupboard storage for tack etc, at agisters risk
- Float parking if required
- Arrangement and coordination of farrier, dentist and veterinary visits, at agisters cost
- Paddocks are rotated every couple of months to maintain grass.
(Rested paddocks are fertilized, aerated, limed and slashed to give them everything necessary for maximum health and grass growth.)
- We feed lucerne and/or oaten hay twice a day (two bricks in the morning, one in the evening), plus hard feed in the evening (white and green chaff plus pellets and/or copra meal if wanted). This is variable to suit the horse.
- Hay is placed in feed bins.
- We can also feed other types/supplements as needed if provided by agisters.
Nutrition is so important for the younger horses for correct growth. Too much fancy stuff leads to so many body/leg growth and behavioral problems. Keep the brain sane so they can learn, and they all want to learn.
For the older horses, the issue is to try to maintain weight. Most older horses want feed little and often, they also eat very slowly. Some like everything in separate containers, soft and mushy, but don't mix the flavors or they won't touch it! They like company, horses near them but not with them.
Every horse here gets something different, be it likes and dislikes or dietary needs. My standard feed is a starting point. Some owners come from agistment places that won't say what they feed or insist they are feeding and yet the horse is losing weight. Everything with horses is a puzzle to be worked out. The trick is to have the desire to find the answers. What works for one may not work for the next, but experience of previous horses gives a starting point to go from.
I do have a preference for plain feeds. I like to know what my horses are eating and the amounts. When you have had horses that are feed-affected it's too hard to break down the pre-processed feed - and you only find this out the hard way. As you get older you find you don't bounce so it's best to avoid any issues that make you one with the ground. Yes, I have learnt this the hard way!
The fees for agistment at Jocida Park are as follows:
Individual paddocks: $140 (inc.GST) per horse per week including feed
Fees are payable every four weeks, in advance.
Agisters will be required to sign a standard agistment agreement when first bringing their horse to Jocida Park.