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      The Green Horse
      Promoting the equestrian lifestyle within a sustainable environment

      November 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 Matt: A Small Package Named Felix
      * Disaster Preparedness For Horse Owners
      * Farm Focus: Fleek Quarter Horses
      * Reader's Tip of the Month: Using Conveyor Belting
      * Your Questions: Which Footing For My Paddocks?
      * 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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      It's Easy Being Green License Plate Frame
      <http://www.cafepress.com/horsefcwater.187415551>
      Priced at $15.00
      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 Matt: A Small Package Named Felix
      Regular readers may remember Alayne's message in May about Felix, our new 3
      year old reining horse. Matt gives you an update on what they've been doing
      with him since then. Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/11_2007.html#article1> to
      read more.

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      Disaster Preparedness For Horse Owners
      With the images of the Southern California fires still focused in our minds,
      there is nothing like an emergency to wake us up to the reality of having an
      emergency preparedness plan for our own places and animals. Click here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/11_2007.html#article2>for
      more information on the fires as well as resources for developing your own
      emergency preparedness plan for your animals.

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      Farm Focus: Fleek Quarter Horses
      If you have plans for designing and building your own barn, this large-scale
      reining horse breeding operation is the place to visit on Saturday, November
      17th, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Read more about the tour and see photos here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/11_2007.html#article3>.

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      Reader's Tip of the Month: Using Conveyor Belting
      Free, used conveyor belts are easily found at rock quarries in the area of
      Southeastern Washington/Northwest Oregon. In fact, quarry operators are
      often quite happy to get them off of their property. Get more belting tips
      from reader Kent Wiles here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/11_2007.html#article4>.

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      Your Questions: Which Footing For My Paddocks?
      This month we answer this question from reader Lisa Grace in Orting, WA: My
      young adult daughter and I have a disagreement on footing in a paddock area.
      She swears that pea gravel is the recommended footing by natural hoof care
      farriers because it conditions the horses' feet. I have always heard that
      5/8" minus is best, as you also suggest in your literature. Read our answer
      here
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/11_2007.html#article5>.

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      Educational Events

      Now is the time to prepare for winter! Click here to find out how you can
      learn great ways to ready your horse property so it will be chore efficient
      for you this coming winter¬čand healthier for your horses as well. Check out
      the web site for new events added regularly.
      <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/11_2007.html#article6>

      Fall City, WA
      Farm Tour: Managing Horse Property in Winter
      Saturday, November 17th, 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.
      To register and receive directions contact the King Conservation District at
      425-277-5581x125 or <signup@...>.

      Aromas, CA
      Managing Horse Property in Winter
      Saturday, December 8th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
      Join HCW at the 101 Livestock facility in Aromas, CA in this workshop to
      learn ways to prepare your property so it will be easier to care for this
      winter. Find out about great ways to reduce mud and runoff, geotextile and
      footing options, useful manure management options, as well as natural insect
      and dust controls. Compost guru Peter Moon will do a presentation on
      composting with an Aerated Static Pile. Vendors with products related to the
      topics will be on hand. Includes lunch.
      To register and receive directions contact 831-464-2950x22 or
      <astuart@...>.

      Olympia, WA
      Natural Ways for Managing Horse Properties
      Wednesday, January 9th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      FREE!
      Learn how you can control dust, mud, bugs & weeds naturally -- all while
      reducing dependency on fertilizers, herbicides and other chemicals. See
      different designs for low-cost ways to put native trees, shrubs and animals
      to work for you on your property. Get an early jump on managing your horse
      property and plan ahead for spring! Plenty of free parking after 5pm. Pick
      up free designs for bird & bat boxes, as well as resource info for
      purchasing native plants.
      Registration and directions, Sara Carter at 360-754-3588x136 or
      <scarter@...> or Karin Strelioff at 360-427-9436x22 or e-mail
      <karinls@...>.

      Mason County, WA
      How to Design and Build a Winter Paddock
      Saturday, February 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      Location TBD
      FREE!
      If you are tired of seeing your horses slosh around in mud up to their hocks
      then this workshop is for you! Learn about ways to eliminate mud and see
      many designs for winter paddocks. See footing examples, talk with vendors
      and construction experts that can give you the whys and hows of building a
      safe, mud-free, odorless outdoor paddock for horses.
      Registration and directions, Sara Carter at 360-754-3588x136 or
      <scarter@...> or Karin Strelioff at 360-427-9436x22 or e-mail
      <karinls@...>.

      Maple Valley, WA
      Caring for Your Horse and His Home Workshop
      Saturday, February 23rd, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      $95 per person
      Are you new to horse ownership or do you have children who want a horse? Do
      you know what the regular health, dental and shoeing needs are for horses?
      Would you like to learn about shelters requirements and horse-safe fencing?
      Join Alayne Blickle and her horses on her Maple Valley, WA demonstration
      farm for an all day workshop geared for novice horse owners. Topics include
      horse behavior, horse and handler safety, planning your horse facility, how
      to buy a horse, nutrition and feeding, vet and farrier care, and pasture,
      manure and mud management.
      To register or for more information contact Alayne at
      <alayne@...> or call 425-432-6116.

      Mason County, WA
      Understanding Forage, Hay and Equine Nutrition Workshop
      Saturday, April 19th, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      Summerhill Farm, Shelton, WA
      FREE!
      Learn how pasture management and horse health weave into managing horse
      properties. Speakers include HCW, veterinarians and other experts.
      Registration and directions, Sara Carter at 360-754-3588x136 or
      <scarter@...> or Karin Strelioff at 360-427-9436x22 or e-mail
      <karinls@...>.

      Olympia, WA
      Farm Tour: Managing small acreage pastures to increase production and reduce
      weeds
      Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Join HCW at this small Olympia suburban farm and learn how to make your
      place healthier for your animals, more productive this growing season, less
      bothered by nuisance insects, AND more chore-efficient! This special farm
      tour will be held at an award-winning urban small farm with excellent
      pasture management techniques. See how rotational grazing can be used to
      actually improve your pastures and eliminate weeds.
      Registration and directions, Sara Carter at 360-754-3588x136 or
      <scarter@...> or Karin Strelioff at 360-427-9436x22 or e-mail
      <karinls@...>.

      Olympia, WA
      Fencing Workshop
      Sunday, September 7th, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      FREE!
      Fencing is a key tool for good pasture management. Come learn the whys and
      hows of horse fencing. Learn about the differences between power and
      electric fencing, as well as what makes a fence safe for horses. Work with
      fencing experts to build a short segment of fence and learn how to do build
      a fence on your property.
      Registration and directions, Sara Carter at 360-754-3588x136 or
      <scarter@...> or Karin Strelioff at 360-427-9436x22 or e-mail
      <karinls@...>.

      Olympia, WA
      Fall in Place: Preparing Your Horse Farm for Winter
      Sunday, October 5th, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      FREE!
      Join Horses for Clean Water for a workshop on how to prepare your farm so it
      will be easier to care for in the coming winter with less runoff, mud and
      manure. Learn techniques you can put in place to improve horse health, make
      chores and horse life easier and improve the health of the environment.
      Registration and directions, Sara Carter at 360-754-3588x136 or
      <scarter@...> or Karin Strelioff at 360-427-9436x22 or e-mail
      <karinls@...>.

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      If you have any questions or would like to submit an article for publication
      in The Green Horse <http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com/thegreenhorse/>,
      please e-mail <info@...>.
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