www.planning.sa.gov.au/ Department of Planning and Local Government Guide for Applicants – Horse Keeping http://dataserver.planning.sa.gov.au/publications/745p.pdf ERD Court www.courts.sa.gov.au/courts/environment/ 8 The Urban Stable Yard 4.
DESCRIBING YOUR HORSE KEEPING ENTERPRISE orses are kept on public and private land, using a range of horse keeping systems run for different purposes which may be as a business, for equestrian sports or recreational benefit.
To the general public, the differences between each type of enterprise are not always clear, but they will affect how horse owners interact with neighbours or seek to access public facilities with their horses or how they apply for Development Approval.
A description of the enterprise is one of the first steps in preparing a development application or a property management plan.
The description should include: • • • • • aims of the enterprise professional or personal goals who works with you to achieve these goals – family, staff, volunteers an overview of income sources and budget constraints, and short and long term goals for the property. H In the greater Adelaide metropolitan area, horse keeping enterprises can be grouped into one of the following: • • • • • • racing stables (thoroughbred or harness racing) equestrian sports stables equestrian riding centres & related businesses private or public properties providing agistment services private horse keeping, which may include breeding, or government stables (Police, TAFE). Some premises may have permanent horse keeping facilities but horses only stay very short term, such as: • • • • saleyards veterinary clinics transport operator holding yards, and overnight yards on public equestrian & show grounds. When describing your enterprise, consider what points of difference there may be between the types of enterprises listed and how your proposal fits in.
Descriptions will include: • • • purpose of the enterprise operating hours (hours of the day that neighbours can expect activity/noise) number of horses to be housed 9 The Urban Stable Yard • • • • • • • • type of horses (eg ponies, foals, racehorses) number of staff or volunteers (staff tend to be on site for more regular hours) horse keeping systems (how intense? paddocks, yards, etc) expected number of vehicles and horse floats or trucks parked on site or on the roadways expected number of visitors, open days, show days or event days how horses will be exercised on site (horse walkers, arenas) requirement to access private, public or club owned facilities eg pools, and requirement to access public horse grazing areas (even informal grassed open space). A sample daily stable routine timetable and notation of any peak periods during a week or season will further explain how an individual enterprise may operate.
It is always better to supply more information than you may consider necessary.
When basic information is left out, the authorities will actively seek this out to ensure you have prepared suitable management options for contingencies.
Not being open with your application is unwise and will increase the processing time. 10 — The Urban Stable Yard rest and sleep in on occasion if required.
Power, water, lighting, fridge for veterinary supplies and its own stable waste & veterinary medical waste storage system are other considerations – basically a mini self contained stable yard.
The area needs to be clearly signed so that visitors do not wander around patting sick then well horses, spreading infection.
Preparing a biosecurity plan for your stable yard will highlight what requirements are needed. 19 The Urban Stable Yard Other Facilities: Tack Room A tack room is where harness and tack are kept.
A room that can be kept clean and dry and within a reasonable temperature range is required, as dampness, mould and heat will ruin tack.
Doors and windows should be sealed and ideally a fly screen placed on the door to reduce insects and keep rodents out.
Rodents love to chew leather, gnaw on saddle soap and nest in rugs.
Ideally, a tack room: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • is located close to where horses are tacked up for work is located adjacent to, or have within it, the stable yard laundry facilities has enough space to make sure that after work, wet saddle cloths, dirty girths or boots don’t have to be thrown on the ground or placed over a leather saddle has adequate shelving and racks for storage of regularly used equipment may contain wire racks and baskets which allow items to be identified quickly and don’t collect dust has storage options for regularly used items (such as coat hooks for wet weather riding gear, wall mounted whip holders, saddle racks) has cupboards and drawers for lesser used items (such as spare bandages and boots) may have individual lockable cupboards and areas if the area is shared with others has power may have a lockable fridge if veterinary drugs are stored in that room racks and shelves are set to suit those who are going to use them, eg children will need saddle racks set at a lower height is designed to stay as clean as possible (ie is not subject to stable yard dust) – door and window seals and a floor that can be washed down is brightly lit, to enable tack cleaning duties and deter rodents is able to be aired, to reduce mould growth is lockable and meets other insurance requirements has storage for equipment that is only used seasonally (eg winter rugs could be stored under benches which double as seating) may contain a noticeboard and small desk for the stable yard diary may have other comforts if owners, staff or volunteers use the same room to rest or socialise, such as a kettle, chairs and a table. Staff Room The range of amenities provided will depend on the number of people who are expected to frequent the stables and for how long.
A commercial stable will need a separate office to keep track of records and maybe to address clients in business meetings. 20 The Urban Stable Yard Toilets compliant with health laws will be required.
Showers are an option, but a necessity if biosecurity is taken seriously.
When staff is employed, a room with basic cooking facilities including sink, fridge and microwave will be required.
Minimal Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare requirements are to be met by law when employees or formal volunteers are on the premises. Feed Storage & Preparation Areas Considerations: • • • • The feed room needs to be located near to where the horses are housed.
Easy truck access is required for deliveries.
All doors to the feed room must be rodent proof – and prevent loose horses finding an extra feed! Grain and manufactured feed stored in rodent proof bins.
One bin or compartment for each type of feed.
Carefully select storage bins to avoid workplace injury issues associated with bending or lifting using poor posture.
Initiate best practice workplace procedures for filling or emptying storage bins that do not have features to preserve workers health and safety.
Power to enable the room to be well lit, as feed mixing will frequently take place when there is no daylight.
Air temperature kept as constant as possible.
Excessive heat and dampness is to be avoided.
A waist height bench or table with rollers (to slide full buckets along and then onto the transport trolley used for feed distribution without lifting or bending).
Fridge and cupboard for supplements.
Water and mixing bench for wet ingredients, to separate from dry ingredients.
A scale to weigh ingredients.
Whiteboard to record current feeding regimes and a computer/diary for historical records and health observations.
Shelves and storage space for cutting knives, scissors, used feed bags and spare buckets.
Industrial type vacuum cleaner, brooms and other equipment to clean the room each day after use. • • • • • • • • • — The Urban Stable Yard APPENDIX II: CONTACTS Horse SA www.horsesa.asn.au ; www.horseslandwater.com Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au Environment Protection Authority www.epa.sa.gov.au Biosecurity SA http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecuritysa City of Adelaide www.adelaidecitycouncil.com City of Burnside www.burnside.sa.gov.au City of Campbelltown www.campbelltown.sa.gov.au City of Charles Sturt www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au Corporation of the Town of Gawler www.gawler.sa.gov.au City of Holdfast Bay www.holdfast.sa.gov.au City of Marion www.marion.sa.gov.au City of Mitcham www.mitcham.sa.gov.au City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters www.npsp.sa.gov.au City of Onkaparinga www.onkaparinga.sa.gov.au City of Playford www.playford.sa.gov.au City of Port Adelaide Enfield www.portenf.sa.gov.au City of Prospect www.prospect.sa.gov.au City of Salisbury www.salisbury.sa.gov.au City of Tea Tree Gully www.cttg.sa.gov.au City of Unley www.unley.sa.gov.au City of Walkerville www.walkerville.sa.gov.au City of West Torrens www.wtcc.sa.gov.au APPENDIX III: GLOSSARY OF TERMS Amenity Berm Harness Pugging Tack : how pleasing to the eye or how “good” the overall enterprise looks. : an edging or barrier constructed to contain any accidental leakages by liquids. : equipment associated with driven horses. : holes left from hooves sinking into the soil, which damage soil structure and leave hard compacted soil when they dry out. : equipment associated with a ridden horse. 56
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