Smart Horse Keeping

Build a Mounting Block

When I was finally allowed to get back on my horse after knee surgery, I needed a good mounting block to do so. The store-bought version we had didn't seem sturdy enough, so we built a sturdy, permanent version. Here's how.... Read More

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Improving Habitat to Attract Wildlife Helps You and Your Horse

Inviting many types of wildlife into our horses' environments actually has wonderful payoffs for horse and property owners, as well as for our neighbors and the environment.... Read More

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Take Winter by Storm--On-Farm Emergency Preparedness

Use this on-farm emergency preparedness list to help you become better equipped to handle those strong winter storms and may help you avoid potential disasters.... Read More

A 5-Step Guide to Composting Horse Manure

One horse produces about 50 pounds of manure per day, more than eight tons per year. Add to that the bedding you use each day and in no time at all you have a virtual manure mountain. ... Read More

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Setting Goals for Managing Your Horse Property

I often see horse owners struggle between balancing the "to do" list with having enough time, money, and other resources. Here is a process I recommend to tackle this.... Read More

Dealing with Drainage

When tackling drainage think "slow the flow." The best and easiest way to reduce surface water is to slow it down. Many times just slowing water flows down will allow water to infiltrate back into the ground and sometimes that’s all that's needed to help solve a drainage issue. ... Read More

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.... Read More

Firewise Landscaping for Horse Properties

Since September is still fire season for many parts of North America and since horse owners usually live in rural areas, I thought I would share some of what I learned this past month at a class I took on firewise landscaping. ... Read More

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. ... Read More

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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.... 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!