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Give Away Your Manure or Compost

If you’re not saving your manure or compost for your own use, an effective disposal option is giving it away to places that can utilize it. Here are tips to make your system effective.... Read More

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Coolers are Basic Winter Horse Gear

At this time of year when we are finally able to get out to ride, our hairy horses are often fresh and our rides long, increasing the odds of ending up with a hot, sweaty horse.... Read More

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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.... Read More

Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

This past November I was the keynote speaker at an Australian conference for government and agencies that work with horse owners. Here's what I learned about horse keeping down under.... Read More

Build a Simple Water Storage Container for Your Horse Trailer

If you trailer your own horses, having a supply of water on hand is useful after hot trail rides or an all-day horse show. See how we made our water storage container. ... Read More

Easy Bleachers for Your Arena

These simple, low-cost bleachers are easy to construct and really fit the bill for us, providing a nice arena viewing area for guests and visitors. ... Read More

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Slow the Flow: Dealing with Winter Drainage Issues

If rainwater is flowing into confinement areas you might need to consider installing some type of drainage system to divert away surface water. When tackling drainage think "slow the flow."... Read More

Installing Rubber Stall Mats

Initially rubber mats are a pricey investment, but they pay for themselves in stall cleaning convenience, reduced bedding costs, and improved horse comfort. Check out this post to learn how to install mats. ... Read More

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Planning for Wintertime Horse Pasture Care

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

Fall is the Time to Spread Compost

Early autumn is one of the best times of year for spreading compost. Here's an easy-to-follow guide to help get your ground covered before the first freeze.... Read More

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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!