Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Where in Queensland are you? I lived up there for a substantial part of my life everywhere from Charters Towers/Pentland, Backwater/Rockhampton, Alpha/Aramac area, and down around Roma and it was generally pretty decent for horses. When I lived up in the Territory in the real tropical parts we needed to feed mineral supplements, but I never found the parts of QLD I lived in to be like that much. As for feed, well you just have to watch it I guess, if you are getting enough rain (and according to my uncle near Rockhampton they haven’t had enough this year) you should have enough feed. Talk to the people around there and see what the stocking rate is in an average year, and a bad year, ask them about the mineral content and see if they feed horses or cattle lick. Just fence it in, make sure you have a good secure water supply and it should be fine. If there’s enough grass in the paddock you shouldn’t have to feed the horse hay; hell the only time my work horses got fed was after a day’s work, and they were big days sometimes, most people I have seen overfeed their horses.