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Pasture Equipment Basics for Horse Properties

This week we cover pasture equipment for those new to horsekeeping on their own property, with a focus on tools you can use to manage your pastures. ...

Basic Manure Management Equipment for Horse Properties

Novice horse owners, or those new to horse keeping on their own property, might feel a little overwhelmed by the thought of acquiring all the equipment needed to manage their property. ...

Fall Checklist for Preparing Your Horse Property for Winter

Even though we’re in the midst of the lazy, hazy dog days of summer now is actually the time to be planning ahead for the winter months; here is a checklist of fall horse property chores....

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Care For Your Equipment

To conclude this past month’s segment on farm equipment, I want to emphasize the importance of maintaining your truck, trailer, or tractor to prolong its lifespan and value. A quality piece of equipment kept in good working condition should last and last – the money you spend on maintenance and upkeep is a fraction of what it would cost to fix major repairs or purchase a new machine....

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Trucks and Trailers

A good truck and trailer are “musts” for the horse owner that does his or her own hauling and horse care. Weigh all the pros and cons of investing in a powerful tow vehicle or new trailer, however, before taking the plunge. How often would you use it? Can you trailer share with a friend or neighbor? Will owning and maintaining a truck or trailer outweigh your yearly shipping and hauling costs?...

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Tractor Talk

I’ll be honest, the topic of tractors and farm equipment is not one I’m particularly versed in. One resource I found quite educational, however, was Cherry Hill’s book Equipping Your Horse Farm. Hill grouped tractors into four categories according to size and purpose: Lawn and garden, compact, utility, and farm....

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Creative Recycling

In today's world we are constantly reminded to be ecofriendly, to live “green” - so why not apply that mindset to horse ownership? You will be doing a favor to both the environment and your wallet. I'm not just talking about recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans, but reusing your old horse stuff, household items you would otherwise throw away, and dollar store goods you may not have thought would have an equestrian use....

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Care and Repair

Although it may come as a no-brainer to most horse owners, the diligent care of your tack and equipment will result in a longer-lasting product and less money out of your pocket spent on replacements. Give your tack a two-minute once-over after every use, even if...

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Online Shopping

Almost anything you could ever need nowadays is just a click away, thanks to the Internet. Equestrian apparel, tack, supplies, even horses themselves, are no exception. The convenience of it, however, can be dangerous for your bank account....

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Smart Horsekeeping aims to provide practical advice for managing horses in a more environmentally friendly way, and on navigating difficult economic times as a hands-on horse owner. Our bloggers believe it’s possible to keep horses in an environmentally savvy way without breaking the bank!