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The 2017 Reno Extreme Mustang Makeover Results Are In!

Alayne Blickle

"I am always impressed and appreciative of how supportive and congenial the mustang community is of each other during these events—I want to thank all my fellow competitors as well as the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management for everything they all did during this event. It was a jam packed, exciting, fun few days."

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Extreme Mustangs Looking for Good Homes

Alayne Blickle

Mustangs make great mounts; nature has outfitted mustangs with good bone, strong feet, and a resilient character. The intense schedule of training for an Extreme Mustang Makeover event brings out the willing team player in most. At the end of an EMM event, all Mustangs are offered for adoption and are auctioned to the highest bidder. The money raised helps support the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Follow Matt Livengood and Tyme to Shine as they compete in the 2017, Reno EMM on my Alayne Blickle Facebook site .

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Six Reasons Workshops and Farm Tours are Worth Attending

Alayne Blickle

Like many people these days you probably struggle to weave chores, work, riding and family time into your life's fabric, leaving leisure activities behind in the dust. This month, we're making a case for attending an equine class or event—why it can be worth the effort, and why so many people have thanked us after they made time to attend one.

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Looking to Make Your Horse Farm Profitable?

Alayne Blickle

Have you wondered if there’s something more you can do with your farm or small acreage, something innovative and fun, that might help with a little extra income? If so, then you might be interested in agritourism, ecotourism or geotourism, a key focus of a Horses for Clean Water event in early May in Snoqualmie, WA.

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Turn Average Pastures into Awesome Pastures

Alayne Blickle

By dividing a pasture into smaller portions and rotating livestock through each section, you encourage even grazing and keep plants from becoming overgrazed. This technique guarantees fresh forage for a longer period of time during the growing season, saving you money on feed bills, and keeping your horses happily grazing.

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Dealing with Ice in Horse Paddocks

Alayne Blickle

Dealing with snow and ice on horse properties is worrisome, especially if you have older horses, horses shod all the way around, or reining horses with slide plates – of which we have some in each category. The other complicating issue is accomplishing chores while skating around with a manure cart in tow. Or picking up frozen-to-the-ground manure. Even things like getting the farrier’s truck in or negotiating a hay delivery is a production in a winter like this with all thick ice everywhere.

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Mustang Magic

Alayne Blickle

If wintery weather is keeping you indoors, maybe instead of riding and horse’n around we can talk horses instead! One of my favorite horse topics is MUSTANGS. Last fall I introduced you to Stellar, my Mustang that I started on my own over the summer and fall. I thought you all might like hearing a bit more about two other Mustangs in our lives: JoDee and Stevie.
 

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Let it Snow! Tips for Keeping Your Horses Happy and Healthy this Winter

Alayne Blickle

Exercise is always a challenge during the winter. Just having a good place for horses to roll (snow, an indoor arena, a round pen, a soft paddock) can help. Rolling alleviates boredom, relieves tension, is a social behavior, and can stretch and align the muscles of a horse's back and hindquarters.

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Goodbye Flies! Nine Strategies to Keep your Horse from Getting Bugged

Alayne Blickle

Horses can expend a tremendous amount of energy stomping and swishing at irritating pests that can harbor disease, cause eye infections and inflict painful bites. Since our domestic horses can't roam and escape insects like their wild counterparts, here’s a few strategies to help keep them fly-free and happier this summer:

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July News: Bits and Tips for Summer

Alayne Blickle

Traveling with Your Horse?

Check out our blog on horse lodging resources, and if you’re
in the Nampa/Boise ID area, come visit us at Sweet Pepper Ranch!

Plus: West Nile Virus Update, Trying to beat those weeds?, Why Wildlife Don’t Usually Need “Rescuing”

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Just Do It!

Alayne Blickle

Here are some facts Abbe shared about the use of plastics in our modern world:

  • In the US alone we consume plastic bags at the rate of 60,000 every 5 seconds.
  • Plastic bags never go away, they photo-degrade into tiny particles, which get integrated into many, if not all, aspects of the ecosystem.
  • On average, one person uses 500 plastic bags a year.
  • We use 12 million barrels of oil annually to produce plastic bags, which is enough oil to fuel almost 1 million cars for a whole year.


The way I see it, we have three choices from this reality: be overwhelmed and stymied by these depressing facts, do denial, or get busy. I am voting for the fact that most HCW readers will vote to get busy and do what they can, plus help by spreading the word about single-use plastics.

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