Whether horses are your passion or your business, you no doubt want to keep them healthy and happy! Keeping a horse is a big responsibility and your local conservation district can help you manage your pastures, prevent mud and manure problems, keep weeds at bay, and help make your chores more efficient!
Snohomish Conservation District has farm planners who will visit your farm for free and offer suggestions based on the goals you have for your property. In some cases, the District may even be able to help cover the cost of improvements that not only keep horses healthier, but keep our watersheds healthier too!
We can help you with:
- mud and manure
- winter paddocks
- nutrients and fertilizing
- and more!
Be prepared for the dark, wet days of winter, along with power outages and other unpleasant surprises. Michael Hipp, Snohomish Conservation District farm planner, and former ranch owner will share his stories of the unexpected and tips for making winter easier for you and your horse.
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Tania and Bob participate in our Sound Horsekeeping program and were awarded an attractive sign to show visitors that their farm is managed to reduce mud, manage manure, improve pastures, and enhance wildlife habitat. Would you like to be recognized as a Sound Horsekeeper? Learn how at http://snohomishcd.org/sound-horsekeeping-sign-program or call Michael Hipp at 425-377-7019.
The shorter days of autumn inspire us to slow down after a busy summer, but accomplishing a few tasks before the rains set in and the winds start to blow will make winter more pleasant and surprise you with a healthy land and soil-scape next spring.
Most large animal veterinarians I know readily say that all horses have or will have parasites at some point. Most of them also prescribe a regular de-worming schedule. While this has been accepted as a good standard practice, there are some things to consider.
If the smoke is bothering you, there's a good chance it's bothering your horse, too. This article offers some practical tips to help.
Rain gardens are a bright new idea for dealing with two frequent issues for horse properties: excess runoff and MUD!
More and more frequently now people are recognizing that people, wildlife and the environment all benefit from a landscape of native plants. To promote the use of native plants, Conservation Districts in Washington State hold native plant sales every winter.
Many horse owners don’t realize how helpful native trees and shrubs can be on a horse property. People, wildlife (including our valuable native pollinator insects), horses, and the environment can all benefit from a landscape of native plants.
As Westsiders here in Washington, it’s difficult to imagine the threat of a wildfire as we tromp through the rain and mud for close to eight months of the year. But due to our beautiful dry summers, the landscape can dry out quickly, presenting a window of time where a grass or forest fire can pose a serious threat to property and lives.
It’s that time of year when the grass gets greener and grows fast! Here are some things to keep in mind before you open up the gates to the pasture...
We have loads of information, fact sheets, videos and landowner stories to help you learn ways you can manage your land!