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Gates Make for Better Chore Efficiency

Alayne Blickle

Gates are a farm or ranch girl’s analogy for options. When you live on a horse property you almost can’t have too many gates, as they end up making so many things in horse property management that much simpler. When I am on the road doing consultations, one of the first assessments I make is to look at gates. Here are some of my basic considerations for gate access on any horse property:

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Prepare Now for a Chore Efficient Winter  

Alayne Blickle

For a horse person it’s hard to get excited about winter unless you are ready and set up for a chore-efficient season for you and your horse. As it is with almost everything, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are a few key tips for things you can do now to help ease you through those tough times ahead when you least want to deal with winter’s little (and big) surprises. 

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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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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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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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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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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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