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Summertime and the living is easy, or at least that’s how the George Gershwin song goes. If you’re a horse person, summertime can be a very demanding and exhausting time–at least that’s how it is at our place right now. Besides the fact that we’re always trying to get as much quality ride time in and prepare for reining shows, we’re also trying to do as many projects as possible to set up for a more chore-efficient winter. This year we have additional new projects since we recently moved our entire horse operation from the emerald green Seattle area to sunny southern Idaho. In our new location, where we have little experience with what to expect weather-wise, we have everything ahead of us to prepare ourselves and our horses for a winter of uncertainties.

In this new blog I hope to help you with ideas for caring for your horse in an environmentally friendly manner while being chore-efficient and budget-minded. My 18 years of teaching horse keeping via has helped prepare me, but there’s no learning like doing it yourself or sharing with others. So I look forward to your comments and questions

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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