One interesting thing I've come to realize through spending time chatting with my horses' nutritionist is that we have a problem with an excess of Iron in our soils in South Africa. Here in Port Elizabeth my grazing tests quite low (100 ppm) but up in Gauteng we have grass samples coming in at 1000pm+!
The implications of this: Weak hooves, weak immune systems, skin issues, bleached coats. Typical problems I come across throughout the area. I've worked hard at educating my clients on the dangers of iron toxicity and getting their horses onto appropriate supplements - it certainly pays off!
In other news - I've enjoyed a couple of trips to Cape Town to teach, which has been an absolute blast. I often feel like I learn more than my students as they come from such varied backgrounds and have a lot to share.
Lastly, a couple of friends and myself have started up a digital "alternative" mostly-horse-but-also-human magazine called Naturally Equine e-mag. Check it out over here:
High resolution: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n6ifhzeo45j1482/March%202014%20HHR.pdf
Lower resolution: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mbbntr3c665329e/March%202014.pdf