Design Your Own Horse Property - 2015 - Horses For Clean Water

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Promoting the equestrian lifestyle within a sustainable environment. Since 1997 HCW has offered ways to care for horses that improves the farm they live on and reduces non-point pollution.
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  • 1. Tips for Setting Up a Chore Efficient, User-Friendly, Fun Horse Place Designing a Horse Property:
  • 2. 10 Tips for Setting Up Horse Properties 1.  Locate barn & paddocks in high, well-drained area 2.  Deal with drainage right away 3.  Protect wellhead & drain field 4.  Choose horse-healthy shelters & feeders 5.  Have chore-efficient equipment that works 6.  Get native plants working for you 7.  Locate compost bins for chore efficiency & cover manure piles 8.  Consider accessibility – for people, horses & vehicles 9.  Have access to places to ride & exercise your horse 10. Lay out place for ease of use – wash rack, garden, compost bins, round pens, put important things close by
  • 3. 1.  Locate paddocks & barns in high, well-drained areas
  • 4. Paddocks should slope AWAY from the barn or shelter
  • 5. 2.  Deal with drainage right up front •  French drains •  Gutters & downspouts •  Footing materials in high traffic areas
  • 6. Gutters & downspouts – diverted away
  • 7. Footing material in high traffic areas – helps with drainage
  • 8. 3.  Protect your well & septic system
  • 9. Keep horses (& heavy equipment) off of drain fields
  • 10. 4.  Horse-healthy shelters & feeders Shelter designs, from simple to more elaborate
  • 11. Shelters
  • 12. Feeders
  • 13. Feeders
  • 14. 5.  Have chore-efficient equipment that WORKS!
  • 15. 6.  Get native plants working for you
  • 16. Be sure streams & water bodies are well away from horses & livestock
  • 17. Plant water-loving plants in wet areas for mud control
  • 18. Use trees for summer shade & winter sun
  • 19. Plants can be a nice visual screen or buffer between neighbors
  • 20. Native plants as dust barriers & visual screen
  • 21. 7.  Locate compost bins for chore efficiency & cover manure piles
  • 22. 8. Locate compost bins for ease of cleaning paddocks
  • 23. Cover all bins & manure piles
  • 24. 8.  Consider accessibility – for people, horses & vehicles
  • 25. Accessibility– for people
  • 26. Seasonal accessibility
  • 27. Paddock accessibility (can’t have too many gates!)
  • 28. 9.  Have EASY access to places to ride & exercise your horse
  • 29. 10. Lay out your place for ease of use •  Wash rack, garden, compost bins, round pens… •  Put important & fun things close by
  • 30. Make your barn & horse property the center of your universe!
  • 31. Our garden on the path to the barn
  • 32. Good Horsekeeping to you!
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