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COMPOSTING HORSE MANURE

  • Erin Gouveia
  • Sep 8, 2021

This organic material includes grass clippings, leaves, vegetable food scraps, newspaper, cardboard, and vegetarian animal manure. Manure management on horse farms is an important part of farm operation.  If left in a pile manure will decompose on it’s own but could take years.  One way to speed up the process, and take advantage of manure…

Motherhood and Horses

Motherhood is a wonderful gift. There’s nothing more life-changing than welcoming your first child into the world. As an equestrian, you may be wondering how you’ll manage to ride and care for a newborn. It may not be easy, but it’s possible if you’re determined and have support. Many…

Tips for Moving Your Horse to a New Place

The boxes are packed, the movers are scheduled, and you’re ready to set off on a new adventure in a new place. Whether you’re moving across the country or just across town, it can be an exciting and also nerve-wracking time—especially when you add horses into the mix. 

However, moving…

Get Your Dusty Arena Under Control

We’ve all experienced it one time or another- a dusty riding arena! As your horse travels around, they kick up what appears to be a sand cloud. It leaves you itchy, your horse sneezing, and tack covered in dirt. It’s not the best experience and hardly good for you…

My Daily Barn Routine

There are no days off when you have animals in your life.  Despite the time spent I wouldn’t trade my lifestyle for anything.

My mornings begin at 7:00am when I head straight out to feed the horses breakfast.  My horses eat a local grass hay which is a mix of Timothy, orchard,…

5 Ways to Improve Your Pasture

Is your pasture looking a little lackluster? Could it use some help? Spring is the perfect time to get started with improvements and here are five specific things you can do to create a healthier and more eye-pleasing pasture:

1.) Soil Testing and Fertilizer Application

If you’ve never had your soil…

Grow and Harvest Your Own Hay

Depending on how many horses you have to feed, your hay bill can get expensive! One horse can consume between 15 and 30 bales of hay in a single month. It adds up quickly! If you have the resources and time to grow your own hay, it’s worth considering….

How to Control Weeds in Your Horse’s Pasture

Horse pastures require year-round management. In order to provide your horse with quality nutrition, you need to eliminate weeds. And because horses are picky eaters, this can be a hard task. Proper field management, such as using a dry lot, rotational grazing, mowing and good drainage, goes a long…

Save Time on Barn Chores

There is always one resource that is in short supply- time! Horse owners can’t seem to get enough. Between caring for your horse and riding them, the hours seems to disappear in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, some tasks like cleaning stalls and refilling hay nets can’t be…

Managing Horses on Small Acreage

Not all horse owners have the luxury of managing horses in large fields. In reality, many horses live comfortably on small acreage. It does require more planning and management though. Land is expensive, so a few acres may be all you can purchase. That’s okay, as long as you…