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      The Green Horse
      Promoting the equestrian lifestyle within a sustainable environment

      March 2007

      The official newsletter of Horses for Clean Water,
      http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com
      Published on the 10th of each month by Alayne Blickle, Director of
      Horses for Clean Water

      In this issue...
      * This Month's Message: The Latest and Greatest from the Rockin' Circle C
      * Tip of the Month: The swallows are coming—are you ready?
      * Building a Nestbox
      * Barn Swallow Diary
      * Farm Focus: The Red Barn in Oakland Bay, WA
      * Shopping for Used Tack
      * Educational Events


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      This Month's Message: The Latest and Greatest from the Rockin' Circle C
      Read all about the latest happenings at the Rockin' Circle C in
      Enumclaw, WA from Horses for Clean Water web goddess Liz Clark. Click
      here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/03_2007.html#article1>
      to read more.

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      Tip of the month: The swallows are coming-are you ready?
      March heralds the return of the family of swallows-Violet-green
      Swallows, Purple Martins, Tree Swallows, Cliff Swallows and Barn
      Swallows are some of the more common ones seen around horse
      properties. This month's tip will help you prepare for their festive
      return! Read more here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/03_2007.html#article2>.

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      Building a Nestbox
      For all the do-it-yourselfers out there, follow these simple
      instructions
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/03_2007.html#article3>
      to build a nestbox that will work for a number of different
      "desirable" bird species.

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      Barn Swallow Diary
      Sharing your barn with Barn Swallows can sometimes be a challenge, as
      April LaLande of Horses for Clean Water explains in her "Swallow
      Diary." Find out how April managed to "train" her Barn Swallows and
      come up with a compromise that (finally) had everyone happy. Click
      here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/03_2007.html#article4>
      to read the complete story.

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      Farm Focus: The Red Barn in Oakland Bay, WA
      Join HCW in North Mason County for a commercial horse farm tour at The
      Red Barn on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This
      3.5-acre boarding facility is home to 14 horses. Find out how this
      business balances the needs of horses, horse owners, the land, the
      neighborhood AND the business. Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/03_2007.html#article5>
      for more information.

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      Shopping for Used Tack
      Most tack sales, swap meets and garage sales do not allow refunds or
      exchange, so when you purchase tack at these events, it is very
      important for it to be the right size and fit, and you want to make
      sure that it is in a safe, usable condition. Here are some guidelines
      for purchasing tack when you can't take your horse along-which is the
      ideal way to fit equipment, but not always possible! Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/03_2007.html#article6>
      to read the full story.

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      Educational Events

      Have the winter storms done you in? Are you tired of wading through
      mud and muck to care for your horses? Find out
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/03_2007.html#article7>
      about HCW events across the nation or visit the Educational Events
      page <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/schedules/> for more detailed
      class descriptions.

      Oakland Bay, WA
      Commercial Horse Farm Tour
      Saturday, March 17th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
      FREE and open to anyone!
      Join HCW in South Mason County and tour this 3.5-acre boarding
      facility that is home to 14 horses. Find out how this business
      balances the needs of horses, horse owners, the land, the neighborhood
      AND the business. View barns, arena, paddocks with gravel footing,
      good drainage options, a manure storage structure and small acreage
      pastures. Learn about the local company that utilizes the stall waste.
      See how environmentally-friendly horse-keeping can be beneficial for
      horse health, chore efficiency, farm productivity, the environment AND
      it can be good for business as well! Registration and directions:
      Thurston County, e-mail <scarter@...> or call 360-754-3588.
      In Mason County, e-mail <karinls@...> or call 360-427-9436.

      Laurel, Maryland
      Washington, D.C. Area Workshop
      Tuesday, March 20th, All day, Details TBD
      HCW visits the Washington, D.C. vicinity. Join HCW in an all-day
      workshop on mud and manure management options held at the U.S. Fish
      and Wildlife's National Visitor's Center. For more information contact
      NRCS State Grazing Specialist <elmer.dengler@...>.

      Gainesville, Virginia
      Washington, D.C. Area Workshop
      Wednesday, March 21st, All day, Details TBD
      Join HCW for the second of two days of HCW presentations in the
      Washington, D.C. area, an all-day workshop in Gainesville, VA. Topics
      include: Natural Ways; learn natural techniques to control mud, dust,
      odors, weeds and bugs. The second part will be Great Ways to Grow More
      Horse Pasture! Learn basic techniques for good pasture management
      including how grasses grow, creating a winter paddock, rotational
      grazing and managing small, grassy areas. We will also cover basic
      small farm equipment as well as fencing. Make changes now so your
      pastures will be more productive and nicer to enjoy this summer
      as well as healthier for your horse! For more information contact
      <katenorris@...>, District Manager/Conservation Specialist,
      Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, 703-594-3621.

      Western Washington area
      Katy Watts in WA
      April 20th and 21st
      Location TBD
      Katy Watts of <http://www.safergrass.org/> is coming to Western WA!
      Mark your calendar now! Gain the latest information and current
      research on the prevention of grass founder in horses--and find out
      how you can manage your pastures to keep your horse healthier. STAY
      TUNED for more details! E-mail <alayne@...> for
      more information.

      Redmond, WA
      Spring your horse farm into summer!
      Saturday, April, 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
      FREE!
      Tour this Redmond horse farm to learn about sacrifice areas and
      footing choices, dealing with paddock odor challenges, composting
      manure and utilizing the finished product, using free conveyor belting
      for mud management, and managing small pastures to make them more
      productive. Pre-registration is required as participation is limited.
      King Conservation District at 425-277-5581x125 or
      <roseanne.campagna@...>.

      Olympia, WA
      Grow More Horse Pasture!
      Sunday, May 6th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      FREE and open to anyone!
      Join HCW at this beautiful commercial boarding facility for a workshop
      on Horse Pasture Management. Learn from experts about basic techniques
      for good pasture management including how grasses grow, creating a
      winter paddock, rotational grazing and managing grazing areas. We will
      also cover soil tests, spreading compost, weed identification and
      control methods, pasture equipment and horse-safe fencing. Make
      changes now so your pastures will be more productive and nicer to
      enjoy this summer as well as healthier for your horse! For
      registration and directions: in Thurston County contact
      <scarter@...> call 360-754-3588 or in Mason County contact
      <karinls@...> call 360-427-9436.

      Woodinville, WA
      Tour the Hare's Lair!
      Saturday, May 12th
      TWO TIME CHOICES: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon OR 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      This beautiful Friesian horse farm combines sustainable horse keeping
      in a wildlife-friendly, fairy tale setting. Parking will be limited to
      20 cars maximum--carpooling and cooperative parking encouraged. E-mail
      <alayne@...> for registration.

      Hobart, WA
      Beyond Where the Blacktop Ends
      Saturday, June 9th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
      FREE and open to anyone!
      Tour the Three Sisters Mule Farm, a private 10-acre equine property
      that lies above Hobart and is surrounded by Seattle's Cedar River
      Watershed. This pristine property is superbly managed for benefit of
      the mules and their humans--as well as for the environment. See a
      group sacrifice area, a composting shed, rotational grazing and more
      management techniques that reduce mud and help with chore efficiency.
      BONUS: Learn about our unique Cedar River Watershed! To register and
      receive a map contact the King Conservation District at
      425-277-5581x125 or <roseanne.campagna@...>.

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      publication in The Green Horse
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/>, please e-mail
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