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.
Are you new to horse keeping or do you have a family member who would like to have a horse? Are you interested in learning what’s involved, the potential costs, how to care for a horse, as well as caring for the pastures and land? Then join Alayne Blickle and Matt Livengood at Sweet Pepper Ranch for this introductory class.
Want something horsey to do in the middle of a long, dark winter? How about an online course to help you get rid of mud, discover options for managing manure, and learn ways to reduce chemical use! Start now to make winter less muddy and the coming summer more chore-efficient with productive pastures and fewer flies. Courses are updated regularly—join us again for a review!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Learn how to manage horses and grazing to prevent obesity and other health issues. Make changes now so your pastures can become more productive and your horses healthier! This workshop will cover basic techniques for good pasture management, including understanding how grasses grow, creating a winter paddock, liming, spreading compost, 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark your calendar! Fresh ideas for managing confinement areas and pastures to keep them healthy, mud-free, and chore-efficient will be covered at this all day workshop for professionals (agency staff, veterinarians, farriers, feed store staff). Workshop will be both indoors and out, so dress for the weather.
Join us on this exciting, innovative farm tour to learn how an eco-sensitive equestrian property can help you make money with your small acreage. This private, 10 acre equestrian event center includes a Hunt Club banquet hall that accommodates 100 people, outdoor riding arena, mud-free paddocks, manure compost bins, pasture areas, managed stewardship forest, professionally landscaped estate, stunning views of Mt Si, and a Laotian pagoda surrounded by meditation ponds.