Trying to create an enriched confinement area for your horse is frustrating when battling mud issues. Mud is nobody’s friend; it creates an unhealthy environment for horses by harboring bacteria, fungal organisms and other pathogens that cause abscesses, scratches, rain scald and thrush. Plus it’s a breeding ground for annoying, disease-carrying insects such as filth flies and mosquitoes.Read More
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I can’t believe it’s October already! What I'm thinking about this month is how much fun the past show season has been. For the last two or so years I've taken a break from reining and have begun competing in a discipline called ranch riding with my reining horse Bob. Ranch riding is a nontraditional discipline that is new on the horizon but becoming increasingly popular.Read More
We hope that horses and their humans in the path of these disasters can stay safe. Here's a few resources that may help answer immediate questions.Read More
I am so excited about my pollinator hedgerow, I just have to share! Matt and I started on this project two years ago, and this summer, it finally is happening!Read More
Biting insects can turn ferocious this time of year, it's their last big hurrah. No matter how much fly control you use, there will still be a certain amount of flies, especially on those hot, sunny days. However, there are some ways you can keep your equine friends more comfortable.Read More
Here at Sweet Pepper Ranch, we're getting ready for our first ever Cowgirl Retreat! In case it's something you might be interested in, here's a little preview of what our Cowgirl Retreat will look like:Read More
"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."Read More
Tips for June:
- Eliminate flies and mosquitoes.
- Keep pastures and plants productive.
- Protect and maintain farm equipment.
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 .Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
In January, I mentioned I was going to send a hair sample from Stellar, the mustang I adopted, for DNA testing, and I did. Well, I received a surprise - the cavalry has arrived!Read More
Boot-sucking goo makes chores a pain and can make horses' lives miserable as well, setting up conditions for serious health issues along with a dust bath for you every time you brush your horse.
Here’s four combat tactics you can do right now:
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.Read More
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.
Winter weather can create wildly varied scenarios, some of which leave you with more work than you can possibly handle. Save moving, there are some ‘weather fixes’ that can help keep wind and snow at bay and make life more comfortable for you and your animals, as well as make your farm more productive.Read More
Winter Solstice this year is Wednesday, December 21, and being an outdoors girl, I am not keen on the cold and dark leading up to it. But I can’t wait for the brighter days afterwards. Perhaps you feel the same way? With the Holidays around the corner and the elections behind us, ‘tis the season to ponder our wants and needs.
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.Read More
At Sweet Pepper Ranch, that’s what we’re doing: building an indoor arena. While it’s very exciting, the ‘go-ahead’ decision was not something we took lightly. It required a lot of penciling out and some tough decision making.