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Winter Paddock Footing for Horse Properties

One of the most frequent horse property management questions I get at this time of year has to do with choosing the right footing for a winter paddock....

Planning for Wintertime Horse Pasture Care

If you are fortunate enough to have horse pasture, winter is the time to baby it. ...

Creating a Sacrifice Area for Horses

Probably the most important aspect of managing pastures is the time when you take your horses off your pasture....

Sacrifice Areas for Your Horses

A sacrifice area is a small enclosure that serves as your horse's outdoor living quarters, protecting pastures from overuse....

Fall in Place: Create a Winter Paddock

Probably the most important aspect of managing pastures is the time when you take your horses off the pasture. You can greatly improve the health and productivity of your pastures by creating and using a winter paddock or "sacrifice area" to confine your horses for this time period....

Odor Control in Paddocks

Especially in the summer months, odor from gravel or sand paddocks can get pretty intense--a real concern if you have neighbors close by. Plus, breathing ammonia is unhealthy and unpleasant for horses and us. ...

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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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Choosing Paddock Fencing

Welded drilled pipe fencing on our new barn. Panel fencing on our main barn. This week we finally finished construction of our new barn enough that we were able to move three of our horses into it. Our new barn is similar to a covered loafing area: five runs, each with a 12-foot x 16-foot matted "stall area" under one roof. Runs are about 52 feet long. I thought I'd talk about paddock fencing since...

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Take the Winter Solstice Chore Efficiency Test

This year Winter Solstice, the day with the shortest amount of daylight, occurs on December 21. For most of us in North America we can pretty well count on the kind of weather we’ll have that day: cold, dark, rainy, windy. Maybe even snowy or icy. For those who’ve attended my Horses for Clean Water educational events you know about my test for chore efficiency which is done on this day or at this time...

How to Size Your Horse's Paddock?

A sacrifice area is a small enclosure, often called a paddock, corral, or pen, meant to be your horse's outdoor living quarters. Technically it is called a sacrifice area because you are giving up use of that small portion of land as a grassy area to benefit your pasture. Horses should be confined in sacrifice areas to avoid overgrazing and especially in winter months when plants are dormant and soils...

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