Soft Rush in the Forest of Preuilly. Apologies for the atypical example shown. It's doing its impression of Compact Rush J. conglomeratus, due to the dry weather when the photo was taken.
Two young Koniks watch as warden Tony and I survey flies on the Réserve Naturelle de la Chérine several years ago. The third person is my Dad, who was visiting at the time.rushes and keep them under control so other plants can have the space to grow and flower. The horses also create a micro mosaic of habitats by trampling bare patches here and dropping piles of dung there. The only alternative to grazing is to mow, which is never quite as successful, and requires more resources.
A Konik mare does her job.sedges, scrub, willow bark, nettle, thistle and brambles gain their attention in the autumn and winter, but in summer they are seduced by the lush new grass that appears. Husbandry issues such as worms and hooves are monitored but generally there is no need to treat.
In the Brenne the Koniks are used primarily to manage the areas where the European Pond Terrapin (Fr. Cistude) breed. The trails they make allow the terrapins to move around much more easily.