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Providing winning solutions for horse management and the environment since 1997

Summertime Fun

Alayne Blickle

Horses for Clean Water has many wonderful educational opportunities available throughout the Pacific Northwest this summer and fall. I hope you’ll plan to come join in on the fun, learning, and horse’n around! 

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Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang - A Book Review by Alayne Blickle

Alayne Blickle

Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang by David Philipps is extremely well-written and researched. Philipps carefully traces the evolution, history, and culture that created wild horses in North America and digs through all aspects of the current wild horse management program. It is a fantastic book that should be required reading by all horse owners, especially Mustang aficionados.

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Use Swallows (and Bluebirds!) for Insect Control

Alayne Blickle

As horse owners, we often wrongly believe we are destined to put up with flies, insects, and rodent infestations. Other times, we become so frustrated with the situation that we resort to chemical warfare, potentially adding unnecessary and harmful toxins to the environment. Encouraging insect-eating birds to move into horse areas is an excellent low-tech, cost-effective, and eco-friendly method for pest control—one our grandparents probably utilized on their farms. 

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Message from the Editor: The Girl on The Horse

Jessica Friedman

One of the things I love most about horses is the way they act as a mediator between us and the world around us. They teach us about connecting with creatures that don't speak the same language as us. They help us learn patience and compassion. They become our willing partners in exploring beautiful places, and through it all, they show us a better way to see the natural world.

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All About Arenas

Alayne Blickle

This month I am thinking about arenas—and for more than one reason. It’s been a year since ours has been completed, although there’s always more to work on before it feels “really” finished. For now, I couldn't be happier with it.  Perhaps you are also interested in an arena? If so, Horses for Clean Water has a class for you! Next month, we will be teaching a workshop in King County, Washington on how to build an indoor riding arena.

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Rotational Grazing on Spring Pastures

Alayne Blickle

Horses are picky eaters: they like to eat the short grass because it is sweeter and more tender than the tall grass. If horses keep returning to the short grass and eating it down to the ground, the grass will eventually die out. Rotational grazing is one technique you can use to keep your horses from overgrazing.  Here’s how you can implement a rotational grazing system in your own pastures.

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Creating Financial Sustainability on Horse Properties: A Paradigm Shift for Eco-Friendly Horse Properties

Alayne Blickle

Studies prove that tourists and visitors appreciate agriculture producers and the quality of life they lead —as well as the fact that these open spaces protect wildlife habitat and enhance water quality. You, too, can join in the fun by creating extra income from your eco-sensitive, “green” horse property by thinking “outside the box.” 

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Online Workshops Help Prepare Horse Owners for a Chore-Efficient, Fun Summer Ahead!

Alayne Blickle

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 ...

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Sizing Compost Bins

Alayne Blickle

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.

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Last Call For Winter Chore Efficiency

Alayne Blickle

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).  

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Managing the Mud

Alayne Blickle

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.

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What is Ranch Riding?

Alayne Blickle

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.

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Hurricanes & Wildfires

Alayne Blickle

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.

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