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With snow and frigid temps blanketing a good portion of North America, maybe what we all need right now is a nice break and a chance to think about spring (which Punxsutawney Phil says is not too far off!). I thought a little digression about trees, shrubs, and landscaping on horse property might be good for this week. That’s what we are doing on right now at Sweet Pepper Ranch. We are working with a landscaper who understands our land management goals and interests. He’s put together a planting plan for us that we can work on implementing in phases.

Checking out a newly planted tree

Matt inspects a recently planted quaking aspen, which will lend summer shade to the round pen area

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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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