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and the environment since 1997
Do you hate keeping your horse tucked away in a dull little confinement area? Get fresh ideas for managing confinement areas to keep them healthy, mud-free, and mentally stimulating for horses.
Want some fresh ideas for riding and training your horses in a healthy, mud-free and mentally stimulating area all-year long? Join HCW to get tips and ideas on how to design a small-scale trail course that you can build this summer and use year-around.
Did you know that an outdoor wash-rack can help recycle water? Join us at this online workshop to find out ideas for how you can create an outdoor wash-rack, plus, get other fun and useful tips for conserving water on your horse property.
Join Alayne Blickle and Horses for Clean Water in Sonoma County, CA for a weekend of learning about horse keeping practices which will help make your place chore-efficient, aesthetically pleasing, horse-healthy, and customer-friendly, as well as good for the environment.
Learn how to weave pasture, equine nutrition and horse health together. IEH veterinarian Dr. Shane Smith will speak on horse health as it relates to nutrition and diet, focusing specifically on Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushing’s disease (PPID), and the increased risk of laminitis associated with these diseases. Alayne Blickle from Horses for Clean Water will cover pasture management and how to design your system for your horse’s health.
Barbara Kelly started horse keeping with nothing but a “wheelbarrow and a pitchfork.” Since then, with the help of the King Conservation District, she has put together a neat and tidy system for her two horses on 2.3 acres.
Join us at this innovative horse property to see and learn how others are leveraging their eco-sensitive horse acreage to create financial sustainability.
Start the grazing season out right by finding out how you can make your pastures more productive and control weeds with a least toxic approach.
Join Alayne Blickle in Little Rock, AR to learn about composting and manure management options, as well as natural solutions for managing mud, insect problems, water conservation, weed control, odor control—and many other innovative, chore-efficient techniques for managing horses while reducing environmental impacts.
Join Alayne Blickle in the Portland area for this all day workshop that covers pasture management, designing and building a track paddock for horse enrichment and health, how to become firewise on horse properties and more!
Are weeds or flies a problem on your horse property? Join us at this online workshop to look at eco-friendly, least-toxic ways to manage weeds, bugs, and odors.
This online workshop will help you identify wildfire risks around your horse property and provide you with the appropriate actions to minimize those risks. You will also learn ways to implement a plan and expedite an evacuation should the danger of wildfire arise.
We are booking participants for our 2018 special retreat for women riders, held here at Sweet Pepper Ranch and crafted with you in mind. Our Cowgirl Retreat is designed for committed women riders interested in improving riding/horsemanship skills and mind/body awareness (who isn’t these days?)! Featuring ranch riding, yoga, and meditation, this retreat also includes meals, guest speakers and more ...
See healthy horse shelters with great ventilation, large mud-free turnouts with sand piles for rolling in, shaping of land for drainage, fencing to protect trees, people pass-throughs, a horse urinal with wood chips, composting in small compost barrels, winter horse pasture management—and more!
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart – you’re helping me make my dream and vision of how I want this place to be come to life!" —Debbie, Maple Valley, WA.
“I’ve always enjoyed your seminar events through the years. You’re an excellent resource for us out here on the farm.” —Bill, Bellevue, WA
"I just hope that YOU are keeping a journal. In the short time that I have known you, you have improved the lives of many horses, their humans and their wild 'pasture mates.'" —Ginger, Seattle, WA
"As always, I learned something. I love these farm tours. It’s great to see a lot of new faces and know that Alayne’s good work is helping more people and horses and the environment all the time." —Leslie
"I wanted to let you know how much my husband and I enjoyed your Spring into Pastures & Paddocks workshop on Saturday. We have been working on our 40 acres in North Central Washington since 1995, and picked up some really good NEW pointers to try out. We both appreciated how the materials were presented and your style. I was particularly interested in the Track Paddock concept." —Gretchen, Leavenworth, WA
"That's exciting Alayne !!! Just look at the inpact you have had on the general horse keeping in all counties !!!!!! Congratulations, keep up the great work, and thank you for sharing in a DVD." —Jennifer, Snohomish County
"I tell everyone I meet about HCW because you do such an amazing job. I have had several people get back to me with praises for your website so I know they look you up." —Julie, Penrose, CO
"Thank you for the informative farm tour. My wife and I are genuinely grateful to you and your team for presenting the learning experiences. We saved thousands of dollars with the tips we learned today." —Ken, Auburn, WA
"You know, finding you, your workshops and newsletter has been the most important 'reservoir' of responsible horse ownership information I have ever come across. The entire horse ownership world you have touched, is indebted to you for your work and leadership." —Kent, Clatskanie, OR
"Yes, Alayne - I'm the 4-H agent for Grays Harbor County. I think we talked a bit at the Safergrass workshop. I wish that I could get our 4-H members out to great clinics like yours, but for now I'll just have to carry the message!" —Joan, Elma, WA
"We have been building out our farm and using much of what we learned from the HCW articles and your farm tour. We have focused the last 9 months on pasture drainage, grading, soil testing/amending, and seeding. We have an area we’ve designated for all weather paddocks and have it ready to go except for some hog fuel we want to add to about 2/3 of each paddock – leaving the area by the gates and loafing sheds with the 5/8ths minus. My question is what sort of hog fuel do you use, where do you get it? Any advice on it?" —Cathy
"I have received the tip sheets and read all of them. They are a great help and have given me lots of info for my planning process." —Reg, Fairview, OR
"I was in your workshop this weekend and just wanted to let you know how incredibly useful it was! I am new to the world of conservation districts and we work so much with horse owners that face challenging obstacles in living in harmony with their horses and the land. I got so much from your workshop that I can apply on the ground here in Columbia County. Thank you for taking the time on such a glorious day to come sit inside and share your knowledge with us." —Kendra, Yakima, WA