I don’t know about all of you out there but I am chomping at the bit for spring! We’ve been having such sunny, warm weather with big blue skies—great for riding and accessing future outdoor projects. Spring is starting to wake up.Read More
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We just had a great online class series, Horses and Land Management, during the month of January that was well received—and fun! During February, and again in May, we are offering a few more online workshops, this time covering specific topics, such as: building a small scale trail course, the least toxic ways to keep pests at bay, equine enrichment using track paddocks & slow feeders, and more ...Read More
Although all organic matter, including manure and bedding, eventually decomposes, it's worthwhile to kick-start the process by implementing some basic composting practices. Here's why ...Read More
As many of you already know, one horse produces about 50 pounds of manure per day. Manure management for us means dealing with about 600 pounds of manure daily; it is important for us to reduce mud and dust, parasites and pathogens, as well as odors as best we can. In addition, it just looks nicer for our business to have manure picked up and our place clean.Read More
You and your friends, furry or otherwise, deserve a break! We thought we'd share a few of our top holiday-season gift ideas, for both horses and humans:Read More
On a horse property, winter can mean different things for us horse owners: less riding, difficulty doing daily chores, perhaps more indoor time to clean tack or plan for special outdoor projects next summer. In a year like the last, it can also mean record mud to deal with during spring break-up (the time-period in between winter and early spring, when things begin to thaw).Read More
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
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: