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      The Green Horse
      Promoting the equestrian lifestyle within a sustainable environment

      June 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...
      * Message from Alayne: Summertime
      * Farm Focus: Three Sisters Mule Farm
      * Tip of the Month: Pasture Management
      * Do You Know Your Soils?
      * Hay stocks lowest since 1950
      * Free Alternative Stall Bedding
      * Don't Let These Weeds Take Over Your Pastures!
      * Weed Control Resource List
      * Educational Events

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      Platinum Level Sponsor: O2 Compost Systems & Training
      http://www.o2compost.com/

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      Platinum Level Sponsor: Sweet PDZ Stall Refresher
      http://www.sweetpdz.com/

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      Story, Wyoming Notecards
      <http://www.cafepress.com/horsefcwater.82063152>
      Priced at $14.97
      Take a look at this month's featured HCW product. And don't forget to browse
      our CafePress store and find something that will show your support for HCW
      programs and the environmentally sensitive horsekeeping message! If you need
      a shirt for your favorite guy or kid, browse our CafePress store
      <http://www.cafepress.com/horsefcwater/> and find something that will show
      your support for HCW programs and the environmentally sensitive horsekeeping
      message!

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      Message from Alayne: Summertime
      Summertime and the living is easy--or at least it's warm and wonderful! It
      makes me feel alive, too, and I can't wait to get out on the pastures and
      see how productive I can make them this year. Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article1> to
      read more.

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      Farm Focus: Three Sisters Mule Farm
      Saturday, June 9th--meet mules and tour a pristine property in Hobart, WA
      (you'll feel like you just stepped into Montana!). Read more here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article2>.

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      Tip of the Month: Pasture Management
      Summer is pasture time! Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article3> for
      tips on rotational grazing.

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      Do You Know Your Soils?
      Much of what we do is affected by the soils we have. Whether you have horses
      or other livestock, grow crops or a garden, want to build a house or a road,
      manage for forestry or wildlife habitat, or for hundreds of other uses, the
      soils you have will affect what you plan to do. Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article4> and
      learn more about soils.

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      Hay stocks lowest since 1950
      The USDA estimates hay stocks at a record low nationwide. Read more about it
      here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article5>.

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      Free Alternative Stall Bedding
      Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article6> to
      see how you can try out a FREE alternative bedding.

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      Don't Let These Weeds Take Over Your Pastures!
      It's weed season again in the Pacific Northwest and time again for the
      questions: Just what IS that thing growing out in the pasture? Is it bad for
      my horses or just a nuisance? How do I get rid of it? Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article7> to
      read the full story.

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      Quote of the Month
      "A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man on
      foot."
      John Steinbeck

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      Weed Control Resource List
      Weed season is upon us and if you'd like some books to help with identifying
      those weird plants growing in your pasture here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article8> are
      a few good ideas.

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      Educational Events

      Discover great ways to get your horse property in ship shape for you and
      your horses to enjoy this summer!
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/06_2007.html#article9>

      Hobart, WA
      Beyond Where the Blacktop Ends
      Saturday, June 9th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
      FREE!
      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 e-mail.

      Marysville, WA
      Shopping for Horse Property: How to Select a Suitable Site
      Wednesday, July 11th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Kellogg Marsh Grange
      FREE!
      Many things go into selecting a suitable horse property - beyond the barn
      and arena. Join HCW in this presentation to discuss soils, vegetation,
      drainage and many other considerations that can save you frustrations and
      heartache down the road, as well as lots of money! Avoid expensive mistakes
      by outlining what you'll need before you buy!
      To register and receive a map contact the Snohomish Conservation District at
      425-335-5634x4 or e-mail.

      Olympia, WA
      Special Composting and Manure Management Workshop
      Monday, July 16th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      FREE!
      Join HCW at this Olympia small farm to learn how to make your place
      healthier for your horses, more productive this growing season, reduce
      nuisance insects, AND become chore-efficient! This special workshop will be
      held at an urban small farm with excellent composting techniques. Guest
      speakers, experts in the industry, will provide more background on
      management options. Compost guru Peter Moon will talk about composting with
      an Aerated Static Pile. Silver Springs Organics will discuss their
      composting operation and how they can accept horse manure and stall waste.
      Registration and directions, Sara Carter at 360-754-3588 or e-mail or Karin
      Strelioff at 360-427-9436 or e-mail.

      Fall City, WA
      The Chore Efficient Horse Farm
      Wednesday, July 18th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      FREE!
      This small farm is big on economizing. The horse portion of this property
      was carefully designed and built by the owners to maximize space and chore
      efficiency. Everything for 3 horses has been neatly arranged on 1 acre
      including barn, mud-free paddocks, arena, compost bins and pasture. Hear
      about cooperative arrangements with neighbors that result in sharing
      equipment. This farm enjoys a picturesque view of the Snoqualmie River
      Valley and helps keep the waters clean, too! BONUS: Learn about King County
      Parks equestrian trails which are accessible nearby!
      To register and receive a map contact the King Conservation District at
      425-277-5581x125 or e-mail.

      Marysville, WA
      Fall in Place: Preparing your Horse Farm for Winter
      Tips and techniques to help you get a jump on winter
      Wednesday, August 1st, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Kellogg Marsh Grange
      FREE!
      Join HCW on a pre-winter journey through a checklist and presentation on
      things to do to prepare your farm for those dark, cold, and blustery winter
      months. Learn ways to make the coming winter more chore-efficient, less
      stressful, and healthier for your horses and the environment!
      To register and receive a map contact the Snohomish Conservation District at
      425-335-5634x4 or e-mail.

      Fall City, WA
      Living Without Horse Pasture
      Saturday, September 22nd, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
      FREE!
      This 6 acre mini-farm had lots of challenges in the horse pasture
      department‹rocks, no topsoil, lots of big trees. Not having much pasture led
      to creative thinking and alternatives. Tour this Fall City, WA farm to see
      good use of turn-out areas, mud-free paddocks, different footing choices, a
      large all-season riding arena, attractive wood fences‹plus ducks, chickens
      and goats, fruit trees and garden.

      Stanwood, WA
      Workshop on Choosing the Right Horse Property and Compost Options
      Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      Cedarhome Elementary
      FREE!
      In this morning workshop we will cover different options for composting
      manure and stall waste as well as how to pick the right horse property.
      Shopping for Horse Property: How to Select a Suitable Site
      AND
      Composting and Other Useful Manure Management Options
      To register and receive a map contact the Snohomish Conservation District at
      425-335-5634x4 or e-mail.

      Fall City, WA
      Preparing Your Horse Farm for Winter
      Saturday, November 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
      FREE!
      This large-scale reining horse breeding operation is beautifully set-up and
      managed. Tour this 20-horse Fall City, WA facility with the owners to hear
      and see how they designed and built it from the ground up. Learn what works
      for chore efficiency and what doesn't. See winter pasture management
      techniques in place, tour a covered arena which doubles as turnout, hear
      about dust control, see gates designed for tractor access, and learn about
      green alder shavings which compost beautifully in their cement compost bins.

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