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.
Join us to learn more about managing your small farm or horse property to increase chore efficiency, horse health, and natural resource stewardship. Topics include horse health and pasture management, firewise for horse properties, and manure management.
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.
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!
Please join us on Saturday, November 17th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to hear Alayne Blickle, the creator and director of Horses for Clean Water, speak about horse property designs; mud, manure, and drainage management; and footing.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.