As horse owners, we need to consider the impacts we have on our neighbors and the environment. By increasing our awareness of how we impact the environment and taking steps to minimize that impact, we can help preserve the equestrian way of life that we enjoy. The good news is that what’s good for the environment is also good for you, your horses, your farm or ranch, and your neighborhood.Read More
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We can get through these wintry times with grace and chore efficiency by implementing a few simple techniques, such as having an assortment of the right tools for manure management and installing proper gutters and downspouts. Not only do making these changes benefit horse health and make our chores smoother, but they also allow us to be good stewards of the land.Read More
Enhancing the horse property landscape with native plants promotes native wildlife, helps to control erosion, provides a visual buffer, and filters pesticides, fertilizers, and nutrients. Native plants are extremely adaptable and there is a diverse palette of natives to choose from—no matter where you live! Here are some ideas for how native plants can enhance your property and work for you.Read More
Now is the time to get ready for winter, before cold, dark, and wet days make chores extra difficult. Here are four quick tips for getting ahead of the issues many horse owners face during the winter months.Read More
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
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
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
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.
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.
Boy, it’s dry! If you live in the Western US, you are most likely looking at ways to help curb your water usage. Maybe you’ve had a well run dry, or are on restricted water use, or are worried about resources for fire season. In any case, conserving our precious drinking water is always a good idea, whether you live in a drought stricken area or not. Below is a look at some ideas to help conserve water on your farm.Read More