Horses For Clean Water

Nature-based solutions to horse management since 1997. We “wrote the book” on green horse keeping!

Promoting the equestrian lifestyle within a sustainable environment. Since 1997 HCW has offered ways to care for horses that improves the farm they live on and reduces non-point pollution.

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Photos from Horse Radio Network's post 06/15/2024

HCW on Horse in the Morning! Tune in to learn more about pasture management.

06/15/2024

Did you know that for every square foot of roof area, you could collect .62 gallons of water per inch of rainfall? That means that even the roof on your 10x12 run-in shed could fill a rain barrel in a single rain storm!

We already advocate for using gutters and down spouts to divert clean rainwater away from horse paddocks, which helps prevent mud and pollution alike. That rainwater can be diverted into a vegetated area—OR you could harvest the rainwater in rain barrels or cisterns and use that water to water gardens, lawns, and pastures. A few states do have restrictions on harvesting or using rainwater, so be sure to check your local rules and regulations. But some communities even offer tax incentives that can help you get started collecting rainwater on your horse property.

Do you collect rainwater? Share your tips in the comments to help those who want to get started!

06/13/2024

When planning a new compost bin, there are a couple of things to keep in mind to make it as chore efficient as possible:

• Location, location, location! Build your compost bin close to where you actually pick up manure, such as near your barn or shelter. Bonus points if it's also close to where you'll use your finished compost, like pastures and gardens.

• Build your compost bin in a high, dry location, where rainwater runoff won't pass through or pool around your compost bins, creating mud and causing pollution.

• Consider what fences, gates, and other obstacles stand between the areas you clean and your compost bin. Make sure that gates are easy to operate with one hand and wide enough to push a wheelbarrow through. If the nearest gate is way down the fenceline, you might want to install a gate closer to the compost bin.

• How will you turn or aerate your compost? If you plan on using a tractor, make sure there's plenty of room for your tractor to manuever around the bins.

• Think about what you'll do with your finished compost. If you plan on spreading it or selling it by the truck/trailer load, consider building it next to an existing driveway for easy access.

For more composting tips and tricks, check out the free resources at horsesforcleanwater.com!

06/09/2024

The FEI Board has unanimously approved an Equine Welfare Strategy Action Plan and established a dedicated Equine Welfare Fund of CHF 1 million (USD 1’119’000; EUR 1’030’000) to launch the plan.

The decision was taken during the Board’s in-person meeting at the FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) on 4 and 5 June 2024.

The Action Plan is based on the recommendations outlined in the Final Report of the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission (which is linked in the article below).

https://inside.fei.org/media-updates/fei-board-pledges-chf-1-million-deliver-new-equine-welfare-strategy-action-plan?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2lq3p1NuH-Kcw5XsEvTk-LrZQbu1ZZFlPLq5kEMrQbBF5cobCX7PMxuP4_aem_AcbRgObWdvT1kkH9t3OSt3DrpKqAe5Iepy9uRoSFqVaB8kwWqwKIAHIMI4l3kWa8T8KkAZZNrCDQ6kTQLycQM-QV

Farm Tour: Non-Toxic Pest Control for Horse Owners — Horses for Clean Water 06/07/2024

Discover innovative, non-toxic solutions for insect and rodent control. See owl boxes for controlling gophers and mice and non-chemical controls for flies, including fly bags and parasitoids. Learn how to reduce chemical use while making your property healthier for your horses, you, and the great outdoors!

Join Alayne Blickle, an educator who has worked with horses and landowners for over 30 years, and her husband, Matt Livengood, as they share the sustainable techniques they use in managing their horse property, Sweet Pepper Ranch in Nampa, Idaho.

This class is part of the FREE Summer Education Series sponsored by Horses for Clean Water and Sweet Pepper Ranch. All are invited, and no registration is needed!

Farm Tour: Non-Toxic Pest Control for Horse Owners — Horses for Clean Water Discover innovative, non-toxic solutions for insect and rodent control. See owl boxes for controlling gophers and mice and non-chemical controls for flies, including fly bags and parasitoids. Learn how to reduce chemical use while making your property healthier for your horses, you, and the great ou

Free Farm Tour: Composting and Manure Management — Horses for Clean Water 06/07/2024

Composting horse manure improves horse health, reduces pests, and makes your pastures more productive during the growing season. Come see the Sweet Pepper Ranch compost bin design and learn how to best utilize finished compost, plus techniques for chore efficient manure management.

Join Alayne Blickle, an educator who has worked with horses and landowners for over 30 years, and her husband, Matt Livengood, as they share the sustainable techniques they use in managing their horse property, Sweet Pepper Ranch in Nampa, Idaho.

This class is part of the FREE Summer Education Series sponsored by Horses for Clean Water and Sweet Pepper Ranch. All are invited, and no registration is needed!

Free Farm Tour: Composting and Manure Management — Horses for Clean Water Composting horse manure improves horse health, reduces pests, and makes your pastures more productive during the growing season. Come see the Sweet Pepper Ranch compost bin design and learn how to best utilize finished compost, plus techniques for chore efficient manure management. FREE!

FREE Farm Tour: Using Native Plants on Horse Properties — Horses for Clean Water 06/07/2024

Native plants require little or no maintenance, are drought tolerant and disease-free, and provide habitat and food for important native insects and animals. Come learn how to put native plants to work on your horse property as an arena dust barrier, a pollinator hedgerow, a screen to cut down on wind, or a buffer between you and neighboring uses.

Join Alayne Blickle, an educator who has worked with horses and landowners for over 30 years, and her husband, Matt Livengood, as they share the sustainable techniques they use in managing their horse property, Sweet Pepper Ranch in Nampa, Idaho.

This class is part of the FREE Summer Education Series sponsored by Horses for Clean Water and Sweet Pepper Ranch. All are invited, and no registration is needed!

FREE Farm Tour: Using Native Plants on Horse Properties — Horses for Clean Water Native plants require little or no maintenance, are drought tolerant and disease-free, and provide habitat and food for important native insects and animals. Come learn how to put native plants to work on your horse property as an arena dust barrier, a pollinator hedgerow, a screen to cut down on wi

06/05/2024

Free summer classes on horses and land management! The first class is next week Wednesday evening, 6/12, 6 - 7:30pm

Build the Perfect Horse Shelter (Tip Sheet) — Horses for Clean Water 06/05/2024

Horses need protection from extreme heat, driving rain, and severe cold. This can be anything from a basic run-in shed to a larger structure like a barn with stalls, but regardless of what your shelter looks like, there are a few things to consider to ensure it addresses the needs of both you and your horse. Check out our newest tip sheet to learn how to build the perfect shelter for your horses!

Build the Perfect Horse Shelter (Tip Sheet) — Horses for Clean Water Horses need protection from extreme heat, driving rain, and severe cold. This can be anything from a basic run-in shed to a larger structure like a barn with stalls, but regardless of what your shelter looks like, there are a few things to consider to ensure it addresses the needs of both you and yo

06/01/2024

Dream of traveling with your horse this summer? Here are some questions to consider when looking for overnight accommodations:

• What kind of stalling is available? Box stalls, stalls with attached paddocks? How big? When possible, I always prefer that my horses can move around, especially since they were confined all day.

• Are health certificates and Coggins required? I would not want to stay someplace that didn’t request this, potentially risking exposure of my horses to an unvaccinated or unhealthy horse.

• What other facilities are available on the premises? A round pen is nice for optional turnout so your horse can stretch his or her legs after a long trailer ride. An arena to ride in, if time permits, is even better. Wash-racks are a plus if you need to bathe a horse. And having a compost facility makes it easier to clean out your trailer.

• Is there a bed and breakfast associated with the facility, or a plug-in for your living quarters? Are there amenities like a pool, hot breakfast, WiFi or air-conditioning? Are pets allowed at no extra cost?

• Is there plenty of parking and adequate room for large rigs to pull through and turn around?

• Is hay included with the cost? If so, what kind? Grass or alfalfa?

• Is bedding provided? If so, what kind?

Upon arrival at your horse motel make sure to
• Inspect stalls for safety. Are there loose boards, nail heads, metal corners or other potential hazards in the stall or paddock?
• Check that buckets are clean and filled with water.
• Secure all latches.

Make sure to save this for later!

05/30/2024

As idylic as it might be to see horses in creeks and other water bodies, it can actually be detrimental to the ecosystem. Not only does direct input of animal waste and sediment into surface water degrade water quality and destroy the aquatic environment, but horses and livestock allowed along the banks or steep slopes of irrigation ditches or other bodies of water can destroy vegetation, causing erosion. Furthermore, trees, shrubs and undergrowth are nature's system for filtering contaminants from runoff. They help prevent soil erosion, provide food and shelter for fish and other aquatic wildlife, and keep the water cool. Cool water is able to carry more oxygen than warm water, which benefits fish and keeps the whole system healthy. When these natural elements are destroyed by grazing livestock, a toxic environment is created for fish and other stream life.

05/28/2024

As you're doing your spring cleaning, don't forget to tune up your equipment, too!

Take a look at your manure/compost spreader to see if it needs any maintenance. The drive mechanism or be**er bar gears could probably use some attention. Check air in the tires and grease the bearings or PTO shaft and couplings.

Even if you've been using your tractor all winter long, it is still a good idea to give it the once over at the beginning of the growing/mowing/spreading season. Basic, annual maintenance should include an oil change, checking/changing the fuel and air filters, greasing all the fittings and inspecting those tires. Also check your mower deck and any other implements you use on your property. Taking care of these things all at once is a good idea so you don’t end up stopping to fix something when you’ve just started mowing or spreading—and so you don’t have to hear your partner's “I told you so.” 😉

05/26/2024

Why does climate change matter for horse owners? One reason is because it has a significant impact on our horse's health and well-being.

For example, warmer temperatures enable disease-carrying organisms to extend their ranges, have a longer breeding season, and become more virulent. Animals (both domestic and wild) who are stressed by hotter weather and decreased access to food and water are more susceptible to diseases--particularly new diseases.

A few health issues that have become more problematic with climate change include:

• Lyme disease, carried by ticks. As temperatures rise, tick populations are growing in areas that used to be too cold for them.
• Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS), caused when pregnant mares accidentally ingest Eastern Tent Caterpillars. These caterpillars are associated with drought conditions.
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), associated with poor air quality and air pollution.
• Bacterial Pneumonia has a big impact on foals and is exacerbated by dry, dusty conditions.

This is why we're so passionate about helping horse owners learn how to care for horses in ways that help reduce the effects of climate change. We have LOTS of free resources on our website, so join us today to start building climate resilience on your horse property!

Photos from Friends of the Owyhee's post 05/22/2024
05/14/2024

Proper composting of horse manure is more than just letting it pile up in the corner. It might mean a little more work, but it pays off in dividends. Here are just a few reasons why you should turn your horse manure into this valuable soil amendment:

• Composting manure generates a tremendous amount of heat, which destroys w**d seeds, fly larvae, and pathogens. That's means less time and money spent on pest control.

• Each horse produces 50 lbs of manure every day, not including used bedding. During composting, the size of that manure pile will shrink by at least 50 percent!

• Unmanaged manure piles can be stinky. Properly managed compost piles actually have a pleasant, earthy smell.

• Finished compost is a great soil builder, providing nutrients and organic matter to grow healthier plants.

• Compost helps to maintain soil moisture levels, saving you money on watering bills.

• Finished compost can be used in your garden, shared with friends and neighbors, or even sold for a little extra income!

For help getting started composting your horse manure, check out the resources at https://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/composting!

05/12/2024

Did you know that topsoil has the highest amount of decaying plant material, beneficial microbes, and fungal organisms of the entire soil profile? The topsoil region is usually two to 10 inches deep, and plants concentrate their roots here, where most of their required nutrients are available. Without topsoil, plant life is barely possible.

Depending on what part of the world you are in, it can take 100 to more than 3,000 years to create an inch of topsoil.

Healthy horse pastures depend on healthy soil. You can help restore and preserve soil health by following a few simple rules:

• Don’t disturb soil structure—in other words, avoid tillage as much as possible. Tillage can actually create hardpans within the soil profile, which reduce drainage and limit the depths to which roots can grow.

• Overseed pastures to avoid bare spots, which increase soil temperature.

• Build up your soils with compost, which feed the beneficial microorganisms that keep your soil naturally tilled and aerated.

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05/10/2024

Are you a horse owner looking to make your property more environmentally friendly while ensuring the health and happiness of your equine companions? Horses for Clean Water offers personalized consultations tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're seeking advice on designing a chore-efficient layout for your new property, creating eco-friendly horse keeping routines, or improving your water conservation strategies, Alayne has over three decades of experience teaching sustainable land management to horse and livestock owners.

Through in-person sessions or convenient online calls utilizing Google Earth and Zoom, we'll work closely with you to address your specific property management challenges, including least-toxic pest control, manure management, native landscaping, pasture management, mud control, and firewise preparedness. Let us help you create an environment where both your horses and native wildlife can thrive. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a greener, more sustainable future for your horse property!

Book your session at https://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/classes/consultation-with-alayne

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