Small Farm Makeover: Create a Winter Paddock

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Photo by Alayne Blickle

Considerations for Building and Locating a Sacrifice Area on Your Farm Probably the most important aspect of managing pastures is the time when you take your horses off your pasture. You can greatly improve the health and productivity of your pastures by creating and using a winter paddock or confinement …

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13 Facts About Fly Control for Horses and Cattle

A variety of options are necessary for optimal control Flies can be more than an annoyance – they can even be dangerous, whether impacting a ride with your horse in a single, painful bite or transmitting diseases to horses and cattle.  “Flies are pesky, they’re hard to control. And a …

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What to Know About Adopting a Rescue Horse

Are you considering adopting a rescue horse? Many factors go into the “match-making” process. Check out this video featuring a prominent Colorado organization – you’ll learn what to expect for the adoption process, and some of the many deciding points involved: RELATED: The Ultimate Guide for Horses in Need – …

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Where are We Going? Horses for All is My Dream

I’ll try not to rant. Unfortunately, I’m a worrier, and I’m worried about the horse business. We’re facing some serious difficulties. Many in the horse business are getting a bit long in the tooth—especially those who own and maintain the facilities where many equine activities happen. Boarding barns are closing …

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Farm Planning and Management – Are You Prepared?

What a crazy winter it was! In the Pacific Northwest homes and ranches were drenched in rain, causing swollen rivers and flooding. Many people suffered losses and damage from the inclement weather. I guess some things you can prepare for, but even then, it’s not always enough. Still, I’m always …

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Horizon Structures Series Presents: Double Down with the Double Wide Horse Barn

A new barn purchase likely stretches any horse owner’s finances with the initial capital expense. Despite the option that larger construction companies provide with financing availability, not everyone wants to invest in a large horse barn, but everyone wants to enjoy the ‘best bang for their buck.” How can you …

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Stuck in the Middle — Contingent Offers: Help! I Need to Sell Before I Can Buy

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Today’s rapid and competitive real estate market has many folks stuck in limbo because they need to sell their home before they can buy another one. Sellers worry that if they list on the market before finding a new home, they’ll end up homeless. On the other hand, such a …

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Hog Fuel, Gravel, or Sand? Winter Footing Options for Equine Confinement Areas

One advantage of sand is that horses love to lie down and roll on it. Photo by Alayne Blickle.

The dead of winter usually comes with footing challenges for horse owners. It’s unhealthy for horses to stand in disease-causing muck and it’s difficult to get chores done when pushing a manure cart through ankle-deep mud. Plus, there are detrimental implications for the natural world around us since dirty water …

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“Under All is the Land” – Preamble to the Realtor® Code of Ethics Steers Many Brokers

Photo from Allison Trimble

I know that the importance of land is not lost on those who farm, ranch or keep horses. I realize that most people think a Realtor® simply buys and sells real property. What isn’t commonly known is that we are also often heavily involved in protecting private property rights. I …

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Pre-freeze Planting on Horse Properties – Native Plants Benefit Everyone on the Farm

Red flowering currant works well in hedgerows

Fall in the Pacific Northwest (before the ground freezes) is an ideal time to plant all kinds of things— cool-season veggies, pasture grasses, perennials and both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs. Of all these, native plants can be of particular importance on a horse property. Humans, horses, wildlife, and …

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