Horse Keeping and Land Management





Horse in pasture with sunset

Horse keeping and land management can bring your dream of the perfect horse property into reality.

Welcome to Clackamas County!

Clackamas County residents love their horses! We even rival Kentucky when it comes to horse population.

If you have one of the many horse properties in our county, you most likely dreamed of a lush green pasture with healthy horses frolicking in sunshine. Somehow, however, you might have ended up with a weedy pasture with horses ankle or even knee-deep in mud. If this sounds like your situation, you have come to the right place.

Whether you are just starting out with property management, have mastered the art of manure, mud, and water management, or are somewhere in between, we have resources for your education and enjoyment.

We offer these resources to assist you in reaching your goals on your farm. Explore our library of documents and videos. Like our Facebook page to receive timely information about events or other activities at the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District. (insert the link)

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You can get information for your horse property right when it matters by following us on Facebook. You may also sign up to receive our monthly wrap-up of conservation posts. This wrap-up is distributed via our monthly newsletter on the first of each month. This includes the Nay-borly News articles that appear each month on our website and Facebook page. You can locate ALL Nay-borly News posts at the bottom of this article.

Our Conservation Specialists are also available when you have questions or need additional assistance in tackling your land management issues. You may find us at 503-210-6000 or [email protected]

Horse in paddock standing in mud.

Horse properties can struggle with mud, manure, erosion, and invasive weeds without strong land management practices.

Clackamas SWCD Horse Video Series

Check out these three short videos produced by the District that address some common horse keeping and land management concerns:

Resources for Horse Keeping and Land Management

Pasture and Hayland Renovation for Western Washington and Oregon: Steve Fransen and Marty Cheney Washington State University Extension, Publication EB 1870

Managing Small-Acreage Horse Farms in Western Oregon and Western Washington: Melissa Fery, David Hannaway, Garry Stephenson, Linda J. Brewer and Scott Duggan OSU Ext.Publication EC1558\

Oregon State University (OSU) Living on the Land Series

Analytical Laboratories Serving Oregon: Andrews, D. Walenta, C. Sullivan, L. Henderson, L. Brewer
A Guide to Collecting Soil Samples for Farms and Gardens: M. Fery and E. Murphy
OSU Extension Animal Unit Month for Pastures: Shelby Filley

Heavy Use Area Basic Specification: Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District
Pasture Bullies: Plants toxic to horses: Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District
Tansy Ragwort Management: Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District

Integrated Weed Maintenance Calendar – 4-County CWMA

Bees and Noxious Weed Control: finding common ground: Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
Invasive Weed Best Management Practices – Lisa to ADD LINK: Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area – some herbicides are only available to licensed applicators

Nutrient Management for Pastures: Western Oregon and Western Washington – OSU Extension Service

Download this Manure Storage Calculator, courtesy of our colleagues at Pierce Conservation District in Washington.

Manure Storage Volume Calculator
Manure Storage Volume Calculator
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Three horses standing in mud.

Horse health can suffer when mud and manure issues on the property are not addressed.

Nay-borly News Newsletter Series

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