Great news! After a bit of a hiatus, the Thrifty Horsekeeping blog is being resurrected and revamped to continue dishing out the cost-saving advice. However, there will be a new twist. Starting next week, Thrifty will become just plain Smart.

Alayne Blickle, who many of you might know from the popular website “Horses for Clean Water,” will be joining as the primary weekly contributor to this blog, with myself chiming in monthly. Together, we’ll bring you not only the best advice in how to pinch pennies, but also how to be more environmentally friendly, “green” horse owners.

While the goal of this blog will no longer be to produce book content, we would still love to hear your personal tips and suggestions in the comments box below. This will be a great way to share smart horsekeeping ideas. And with that, I’ll leave you with a few tips from our upcoming September issue of The Horse on farm and horse safety, courtesy of contributing writer Nancy S. Loving, DVM:

1. Pastures: Fence off ditches and culverts in pastures when possible. If sharp culvert edges are accessible to horses, surround them with rubber tires.
2. Stalls: To avoid your horse injuring himself, face double-ended bucket snaps towards the wall.
3. Cross-Ties: Secure cross-ties to the halter with something breakable, such as baling twine, turtle snaps, a knotless tie ring, or a device that releases with pressure.
4. Feed Storage: Stack hay on pallets, rather than on the floor, to reduce moisture that encourages proliferation of mold. Store grain in metal or hard plastic bins in a locked feed room rather than in paper bags or wooden grain chests, which are accessible to mice.
5. Fire Prevention: Sheath electrical lines in conduit, use sand flooring or other noncombustible materials, coat wood surfaces with flame-retardant paint, and compartmentalize areas within a barn to lessen fire risk.