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Footing Options for Confinement Areas – Gravel, Sand, and Hog Fuel are the Most Common Choices

Gravel works well particularly in wetter conditions or with more organic soils. Photo by Kim Roe

Footing is an important consideration for confinement areas. Using some type of footing, at least in the high traffic areas, will reduce mud by keeping your horse off the soil surface and avoiding erosion. Less mud equals less chance of nutrients and sediments running off and polluting surface waters, too. …

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Safety Tips for Trail Riding During a Pandemic – Getting Out is Possible if You Use Caution

Photo by Alayne Blickle

Park with extra distance between rigs so no one is tempted to visit closely and so you can comfortably maintain a six to ten-foot distance from others. Avoid trailering with others in the same vehicle by driving separate rigs instead.   Typically, this monthly column focuses on smart, healthy, and …

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Installing Rubber Stall Mats – A Case Study

Photo by Alayne Blickle.

Rubber stall mats are the gold standard in horse stall flooring. Unfortunately, they’re so cumbersome in size and shape, they can be a struggle to place perfectly in a stall. If not perfect, they end up working themselves loose, twisting, turning and creating hassles. Anita Medina and her two horses …

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Above-Ground Burial Options for Equines – An Interview with Michelle Melaragno of Compassionate Composting

Photo by Alayne Blickle

This past fall I was a presenter at the Best Horse Summit in Maine. While there, I had the opportunity to tour a unique equine business, Compassionate Composting, which deals exclusively with composting dead horses. Before you wrinkle up your nose and turn away, ponder the fact that in many …

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Small Farm Makeover: Winter Preparedness on Horse Properties

Small Farm Makeover: Winter Preparedness on Horse Properties

Increase Chore Efficiency for an Easier Winter by Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water   Making chore efficiency updates on your horse property and having backup supplies on-hand is helpful for getting through the most challenging time of the year, and it may help you avoid disasters when winter storms …

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Slow Feeders for the Health of Your Horse

Exploring Options By Alayne Blickle   A lack of enrichment opportunities and boredom in horses can contribute to health issues such as weight gain, ulcers, stall vices (chewing, pawing, weaving, cribbing), fighting between horses, crabbiness under saddle, even colic. An increased exercise schedule, more turnout time, utilizing track paddocks, or …

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