The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is happy to announce that registration is open for our winter Horse Keeping and Land Management Masterclass. This workshop series is presented by noted horse expert Alayne Blickle. Blickle is well respected as an educator and photojournalist with Horses for Clean Water.
Clackamas SWCD, in partnership with Tualatin SWCD, is offering horse owners a free opportunity to improve horse care and land management skills this winter from the comfort of their own warm, dry homes!
Whether you are new to horse keeping or have years of experience, this Masterclass Series will help you learn ways to simplify your chores while managing your property in a way that benefits you and your land.
Six free workshops will be held via phone call on Wednesday nights beginning February 9th through March 16th, 2022, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. These workshops will not be video webinars, but will be live phone call presentations with downloadable handouts and resources which will be reviewed each week. So, if you haven’t been able to attend video workshops in the past, this information is now available to you!
While offered at no cost, registration for the Horse Keeping and Land Management Masterclass is required. REGISTER HERE.
Classes will be held for six weeks on Wednesday evenings beginning February 9th through March 16th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Questions? Contact Kristina Peterson at [email protected] or call her at 503-713-7906.
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Masterclass Series Schedule:
- Feb. 9th – Mud Management
- Feb. 16th – Manure Management
- Feb. 23rd – Pasture Management
- March 2nd – Nature-Based Solutions
- March 9th – Firewise for Horse Owners
- March 16th – Equine Enrichment
Learn More About the Horse Keeping and Land Management Masterclass
The following information is from the Horses for Clean Water website:
As horse owners, there is much we can do to reduce the impact our horses have on the environment. And the good news is, those same techniques are also good for our horses, our wallets, and our busy schedules. Whether you’re new to horse keeping or have years of experience, this course will help you learn ways to simplify your horse keeping checklist while managing your property in a way that benefits the entire ecosystem. That means less time cursing your wheelbarrow and more time doing the things you enjoy with your horse, all year long.
In this six-week course, you’ll learn how to
- Reduce mud to increase chore efficiency, improve horse health, and prevent runoff that pollutes surface water
- Manage the 50 pounds of manure each horse produces daily without raising a stink, attracting pests, or creating environmental problems
- Prevent overgrazing and soil compaction to ensure healthy pastures next summer
- Implement rotational grazing, along with choosing fencing options safe for horses
- Design a confinement area for your horse that includes equine enrichment opportunities
- Prepare for wildfire emergencies and make a plan to keep your home and horses safe
- Create an outdoor wash rack to help with water conservation
- Build an inexpensive trail course to enhance your riding opportunities at home
- Employ nature-based pest control measures like barn owl boxes for rodent control
- Make your winter chores easier and more time efficient
Just one hour a week will give you the tools you need to make the most of the fall and winter with your horses—and set you up for a great start to next year!
About Alayne Blickle
Alayne Renée Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and reining competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, nationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approaches, Alayne is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise controls and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Alayne and her husband raise and train their reining horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho. She also authors the Smart Horse Keeping blog.
Funding for this masterclass was made possible through a grant from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.