Start the grazing season out right by learning about pasture management, effective irrigation, composting horse manure, fly predators for fly control—and more! Join the farm owners and educator/horse owner Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water to learn the basics managing horse properties with a least-toxic approach.
So you want to build a riding arena? What considerations are there beyond how big to make it and the location? Join us in this workshop at Two Cedars Farm to discuss those considerations, regulations, and resources, and learn how to make the right choices for you, your horses, your land, and your natural resources.
When wildfires happen, swift action needs to be taken to reduce the chance of lost animals and property damage. This presentation will help you identify wildfire risks around your horse property, learn appropriate measures to minimize that risk, and plan for evacuation should the danger of wildfire arise.
Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water and farm owners Lori Nevin and Jeffery Harr as we observe the horse and land management practices on this 6-acre horse property. We will discuss ways to reduce mud, compost horse manure, keep pastures productive, reduce flies, reduce chemical use—and more!
Join us at Canter Creek Farm to see how this landowner simplified her life and laid out her chore-efficiency plans for her two-horse, two-goat, four-acre property. Some of the super simple techniques you’ll see include low-maintenance fencing, composting, hay storage, mud management, bedding reduction and more!
Are weeds or flies a problem on your horse or livestock property? Join the King Conservation District and Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water for a look at eco-friendly, least-toxic ways to manage weeds, bugs, and odors. Make your place nicer for you, your horses, and the natural world, too! Join us for light dinner, snacks, and helpful education.
We are booking participants for our 2018 special retreat for women riders, held here at Sweet Pepper Ranch and crafted with you in mind. Our Cowgirl Retreat is designed for committed women riders interested in improving riding/horsemanship skills and mind/body awareness (who isn’t these days?)! Featuring ranch riding, yoga, and meditation, this retreat also includes meals, guest speakers and more ...
Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water at her 10-acre horse property to learn about mud/dust control, manure composting, pasture management, track paddocks, confinement area management, wildlife enhancement, drought-tolerant native landscaping and more!
See healthy horse shelters with great ventilation, large mud-free turnouts with sand piles for rolling in, shaping of land for drainage, fencing to protect trees, people pass-throughs, a horse urinal with wood chips, composting in small compost barrels, winter horse pasture management—and more!
Springtime is the right time to get going on pastures. But where to start? Join Horses for Clean Water in this presentation to learn the top seven tips for good pasture management.
This online workshop will help you identify wildfire risks around your horse property and provide you with the appropriate actions to minimize those risks. You will also learn ways to implement a plan and expedite an evacuation should the danger of wildfire arise.
Join Alayne Blickle in the Portland area for this all day workshop that covers pasture management, designing and building a track paddock for horse enrichment and health, how to become firewise on horse properties and more!
Join Alayne Blickle in Little Rock, AR to learn about composting and manure management options, as well as natural solutions for managing mud, insect problems, water conservation, weed control, odor control—and many other innovative, chore-efficient techniques for managing horses while reducing environmental impacts.
Start the grazing season out right by finding out how you can make your pastures more productive and control weeds with a least toxic approach.
Join us at this innovative horse property to see and learn how others are leveraging their eco-sensitive horse acreage to create financial sustainability.
Barbara Kelly started horse keeping with nothing but a “wheelbarrow and a pitchfork.” Since then, with the help of the King Conservation District, she has put together a neat and tidy system for her two horses on 2.3 acres.
Learn how to weave pasture, equine nutrition and horse health together. IEH veterinarian Dr. Shane Smith will speak on horse health as it relates to nutrition and diet, focusing specifically on Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushing’s disease (PPID), and the increased risk of laminitis associated with these diseases. Alayne Blickle from Horses for Clean Water will cover pasture management and how to design your system for your horse’s health.
Join Alayne Blickle and Horses for Clean Water in Sonoma County, CA for a weekend of learning about horse keeping practices which will help make your place chore-efficient, aesthetically pleasing, horse-healthy, and customer-friendly, as well as good for the environment.
Did you know that an outdoor wash-rack can help recycle water? Join us at this online workshop to find out ideas for how you can create an outdoor wash-rack, plus, get other fun and useful tips for conserving water on your horse property.
Want some fresh ideas for riding and training your horses in a healthy, mud-free and mentally stimulating area all-year long? Join HCW to get tips and ideas on how to design a small-scale trail course that you can build this summer and use year-around.
Do you hate keeping your horse tucked away in a dull little confinement area? Get fresh ideas for managing confinement areas to keep them healthy, mud-free, and mentally stimulating for horses.
Learn the latest on manure management and horse health from Horses for Clean Water’s Alayne Blickle and IEH veterinarian Dr. Robin Knight. We will cover how to compost horse manure, off-site options for dealing with stall waste, and view the latest techniques for reducing stall waste in the barn.
We cover six key steps you can take to reduce and even prevent winter mud on your horse property. IEH veterinarian Dr. Abby Matthaeus will cover how mud issues and land management can impact hoof and skin health—learn about caring for scratches, thrush, abscess, rain rot, and more. Make your place chore-efficient for you and healthier for your horses—and help keep the environment clean at the same time!
Want something horsey to do in the middle of the cold, dark winter? How 'bout an online series, focusing on making winter easier to manage and the coming summer more chore-efficient, leaving more time to ride?
Four Weekly Online Courses, Four Horse and Land Management Topics—all for $49! Enrollment is limited, please register early to reserve a spot.
Becoming a grass farmer. Session will include a presenter from the King County Noxious Weed Program to help ID weeds and discuss control methods.
Plastics have become an insidious part of our everyday lives, they are in our oceans and waterways. Compounds from them end up in our food chain. They are something we cannot get away from and can’t avoid—or can we?
Alayne Blickle will present the latest options on managing manure. Learn how to manage manure so it is a benefit to both you and the environment. No more Mt. Manure!
Presenter will provide techniques to reduce mud and improve drainage. Learn ways to manage mud and implement drainage solutions to keep your livestock on dry ground year 'round.
A King Conservation District native plant expert will present solutions and guidance to improve habitat and manage livestock near water. Learn ways to minimize the impact of livestock living close to water, and improve habitat near streams and wetlands.
Are you new to horse keeping, or do you have a family member who would like to own a horse? Are you interested in learning what’s involved, the potential costs, how to care for a horse—as well as for the pastures and land?
Winterizing your horse property is how to beat the mud & become chore efficient at the time of year when all that counts the most! Hear about great tips and techniques for getting a jump on winter.
If you own horse or livestock property then you need small farm equipment. Join us in this on-farm class to learn about different types of equipment and their uses, as well as operation and maintenance tips. Workshop includes a farm walk to look at how Trinity Ranch, a rehab facility for horses, uses equipment to manage their property.
Some sort of footing material is useful for paddocks and high traffic areas to help with drainage and reduce erosion—all part of mud control. Join Alayne Blickle from Horses for Clean Water to learn what causes mud and how it affects horse health as well as the solutions for managing it
Tour this peaceful, small-acreage horse property to see how being eco-sensitive doesn’t have to be grandiose, nor require large-scale budgets. Learn about chore-efficient mud, manure, and pasture management in a real-life, workable situation. BONUS: At the end of the tour a special guest speaker will lead us in some hands-on activities, such as making paper nest tubes for Mason Bees.
Plastics have become an insidious part of our everyday lives, they are in our oceans and waterways. Compounds from them end up in our food chain. They are something we cannot get away from and can’t avoid—or wait! Maybe we can?
This 34-acre farm has a lot of wetlands, something many livestock owners struggle with.
See how the Mirro farm has embraced their wetlands and learned to live in harmony with both wetlands and native wildlife; and learn about raising pigs, chickens, cattle, goats as well.
Join Alayne Blickle from Horses for Clean Water for this workshop to learn how to naturally control weeds, insects, odors and more while reducing chemical use and utilizing natural solutions to make your property healthier for you, your horses, your community and wildlife.