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Events

Three Day Cowgirl Retreat—August 2019
Aug
22
to Aug 25

Three Day Cowgirl Retreat—August 2019

We are booking participants for our 2019 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 ...

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Best Horse Practices Summit
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Best Horse Practices Summit

The Best Horse Practices Summit aims to strengthen links between equine research and horsemanship circles by highlighting the practical and academic strategies that make horses’ lives better. This conference brings together educators, researchers, horse owners, and riders for presentations related to horse care, handling, management, training, and riding.

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Workshop: Basic Horse Keeping and Firewise for Horse Owners
Jul
31
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Basic Horse Keeping and Firewise for Horse Owners

  • National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn about safe horse keeping, the potential costs, horse care and responsibilities, as well as how to care for pastures and land, reduce mud, and manage manure. Also learn to identify and minimize wildfire risks around your horse property, and find out how to expedite an evacuation should the danger of wildfire arise. 

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Horse Keeping Workshops at the Teton County Fair
Jul
25
12:00 PM12:00

Horse Keeping Workshops at the Teton County Fair

How can horses play a role in water quality stewardship? Join Horses for Clean Water, Teton Conservation District, and the Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition at the Teton County Fair for a series of mini workshops on basic horse keeping, simple solutions for pest control, and mud and manure management.

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Workshop: Horse Pasture Management & Horse Health
Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Workshop: Horse Pasture Management & Horse Health

Learn basic techniques for good pasture management, including how grasses grow, creating a mud-free winter paddock, manure management and composting, rotational grazing, fencing options, and small farm equipment. We will also discuss what constitutes a “lush” pasture, sugars in pastures, and how all this contributes to horse health. Learn how to manage horses and grazing so your horse doesn’t become fat—make changes now so your pastures can become more productive, your place chore-efficient, and your horses healthier! 

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Three Day Cowgirl Retreat—June 2019
Jun
13
to Jun 16

Three Day Cowgirl Retreat—June 2019

We are booking participants for our 2019 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 ...

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Simple Solutions for Pasture Management, Horse Health, and Climate Change
Jun
1
9:00 AM09:00

Simple Solutions for Pasture Management, Horse Health, and Climate Change

Livestock and overgrazed pastures are often looked at as the villains of environmental integrity. But what if that wasn’t the case and good pasture management by horse and livestock owners could actually slow down or reverse climate change? Learn basic techniques for good pasture management including how grasses grow, creating a winter paddock, spreading compost, rotational grazing and managing small grazing areas.

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Manure Management for Horse and Livestock Owners
May
31
5:30 PM17:30

Manure Management for Horse and Livestock Owners

Make your place healthier for horses, reduce the insect population, help your property become more productive during the coming growing season, and make it a chore-efficient place for you to this next winter! Learn how to compost horse manure, see different bin designs, find out about off-site options for dealing with stall waste, and view the latest techniques for reducing stall waste in the barn.

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Manure Management for Horse and Livestock Owners
May
30
5:30 PM17:30

Manure Management for Horse and Livestock Owners

Make your place healthier for horses, reduce the insect population, help your property become more productive during the coming growing season, and make it a chore-efficient place for you to this next winter! Learn how to compost horse manure, see different bin designs, find out about off-site options for dealing with stall waste, and view the latest techniques for reducing stall waste in the barn.

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Online Workshop: Firewise for Horse Owners
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Online Workshop: Firewise for Horse Owners

Wildfire can quickly become a real threat to rural landowners. When horses or livestock are involved, swift action needs to be taken to reduce the chance of animals being lost and property damaged. This presentation will help you identify wildfire risks around your horse property and provide you with the appropriate actions to minimize that risk, as well as ways to expedite an evacuation should the danger of wildfire arise.

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Online Workshop: Building Trail Obstacles
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Online Workshop: Building Trail Obstacles

Having a few trail obstacles on your property—large or small—can allow for a variety of training and enrichment opportunities for horses. Obstacles can be ridden or worked in hand. Join Alayne Blickle and Matt Livengood to learn about a variety of obstacles they have built on their property and the different ways they utilize them in their training program. Get tips and ideas for constructing obstacles on your own horse property.

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Online Workshop: Tips for Spring Pasture Management
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Online Workshop: Tips for Spring Pasture Management

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. Start the grazing season on the right foot (or hoof!) and get a jump on how you can easily improve your pasture productivity, chore efficiency, and horse heath. 

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Online Workshop: Track Paddocks and Slow Feeders
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Online Workshop: Track Paddocks and Slow Feeders

Is your horse an easy-keeper and hardly gets any (or no) pasture time? Do you hate keeping your horses tucked away in a dull, little confinement area? Get fresh ideas for managing confinement areas to keep your horses healthy, mud-free and mentally stimulated. February is a great time to learn about enrichment opportunities for your horse and start planning your summer now! 

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Workshop: Horse Pasture Management - Growing Great Horse Pastures and Controlling Weeds
Apr
10
6:30 PM18:30

Workshop: Horse Pasture Management - Growing Great Horse Pastures and Controlling Weeds

Start out the grazing season right by learning how to make pastures more productive and control weeds. Join educator and horse owner Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water to learn the basics becoming a “grass farmer,” including how grasses grow, rotational grazing, small farm equipment, fencing options, spreading compost, creating sacrifice areas, least-toxic weed control, effective irrigation—and horse health.

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Workshop: Natural Solutions for Mud, Dust, Bugs, and Weeds
Mar
2
to Mar 3

Workshop: Natural Solutions for Mud, Dust, Bugs, and Weeds

Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water to learn practical strategies that can save on vet bills, improve horse mental and physical health, and increase the value and chore efficiency of your property—all while fighting climate change and storm water pollution. Join us for a fun weekend of horse keeping practices that will make your place chore-efficient, aesthetically-pleasing, horse-healthy, customer-friendly AND good for the environment.

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Farm Tour: Creating a Track Paddock
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Tour: Creating a Track Paddock

  • Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at this free event to see and walk through a new horse property (brand new for these owners!) and discuss how and where to place a track paddock on this property. We will also look at mud and manure management options and slow-feeders.

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Workshop: Sustainable Horse Keeping: Pasture Management, Horse Health, and Water Conservation
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Workshop: Sustainable Horse Keeping: Pasture Management, Horse Health, and Water Conservation

  • Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how your daily actions and long-term plans can help protect your horse and land against the emerging challenges of climate change. This workshop will cover the basics of growing and sustaining pastures, managing weeds, renovating pastures, fencing pastures so they are more productive and keep your horse healthy, and more!

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Workshop: Mud and Manure and Pests, Oh My!
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Mud and Manure and Pests, Oh My!

If you have horses, then you have to put up with muck, right? Wrong! Make your place healthier for horses, reduce the pest insect population, help your property become more productive during the growing season, AND make it a chore-efficient place for you to manage.

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Online Course: Horses and Land Management
Jan
7
to Jan 29

Online Course: Horses and Land Management

Learn the basics of managing horses on your property, including what to do with the 50 pounds of manure a horse produces each day; how to reduce mud, dust and flies; and how to manage pastures. Alayne Blickle teaches these virtual, live programs which are fun, informative, and EASY to handle!

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Farm Tour: Horses and Salmon
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Tour: Horses and Salmon

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!

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Preparing for Winter on Horse Properties
Sep
24
5:00 PM17:00

Preparing for Winter on Horse Properties

  • Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District and Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water for a FREE WORKSHOP about managing mud, manure, and pastures - along with horse health! Workshop topics will include mud, manure, and drainage management; winter horse pasture management; and winter health care for horses.

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Farm Tour: Fall in Place for Winter
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Farm Tour: Fall in Place for Winter

Winterizing your horse property before the winter winds howl and the snow flies will help ease you through a chore-efficient winter. Looking at things like mud management, drainage, and horsekeeping practices NOW, while there's still time to make changes, will be so helpful.

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