Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

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Some of you may have noted from my recent blogs that I traveled to Australia this past November. I was invited to be the keynote speaker at an Australian national conference, “Horses and Land Management,” an event that was more than five years in the planning on my end.

The author, on the right, at Living Legends in Melbourne, a retirement home for thoroughbred racehorses. Alayne’s friend Sheri Clevenger, who traveled with her, is on the left. Doctoral candidate and conference speaker Mariette van der Berg, is in the middle. Mariette spoke on horse behavior as it relates to pasture management

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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.

7 Responses

  1. re: Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

    Nice little article that reflects a personal experience (first visit to Australia, eh?).  Pity it didn’t include some real information on issues that matter.  Good luck with that Ph.D.

  2. re: Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

    PS i COVERED THEIR SHELTER SHED WITH SOLAR PANELS

    AND GET 0.33 CENTS PER KWH WHICH HELPS PAY THE HAY BILL

    I HAVE A 2300O LITRES TANK ON SHED CONNECTED TO AUTO TROUGH

    LUCERNE ALFALFA HAY IS $10 PER BALE AT FARM GATE

  3. re: Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

    i  HAD TO MOVE MY SMALL HERD QUICKLY AS THE URBAN SPRAWL APPROACHED

    THE NEW PADDOCK- TREELESS EX POTATO FARM

    i THOUGHT i WOULD HAVE TO SPEND MY TIME PICKING UP MANURE

    i HAD TO BUILD A LARGE SHELTER SHED 36 FOOT LONG

    WHI

  4. re: Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

    Yeah, Black Caviar is a mare as others had said. A proofread would have gone a long way.

  5. re: Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

    Enjoyed your comments on your visit to Australia – and so enjoyed meeting you in person while I was speaking (and listening!) at this conference.  SO MUCH TO LEARN!  And I had to laugh at the challenges to learn a new language – STRINE!

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  6. re: Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

    Interesting article. Its a bit hard to take seriously the words of an visiting expert who can’t tell the different between a mare and a stallion.

  7. re: Horse Keeping Observations from Australia

    Very nice article. But I think Black Caviar is NOT one of the two Assies leading Thoroughbred sires, in fact Black Caviar is a Champion racemare. She was born on the 18th August 2006, by Bel Esprit (sire) out of Helsinge. One of the world best Sprinter

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