Management Practices That Work

  

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Conservation Planning Helps Keeps Animals & Land Healthy

We started working on our conservation plan in 1987. When we first bought our property it was solid tansy ragwort. We used sheep and mowing to eliminate it. From there we started breaking our fields into smaller pastures. When we planned for buildings we got assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and our local Soil & Water Conservation District to help us decide where to place buildings, drainage ditches, and how to divert roof runoff. Now that the buildings are in, we will concentrate on removing weeds, berry vines, improving our pastures including more cross fencing. We also plan on adding wetland plants around our ponds and the swale where roof runoff is diverted.

An article printed in "Flying Changes Magazine" was written when I first installed winter paddocks. Read Mud & Manure article.

Learn about great management practices that work:

Designing Low Mud Paddocks

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Designing An Area To Winter Your Horses & Protect Pastures

One of the best ways to keep your horses healthier is to keep them off of your pastures in the winter time which can turn into mud bogs. Not only do you end up with green grass in the spring but your horses stay cleaner, end up with less health issues, and keep their shoes on. These paddock areas can be simple fenced off "sacrifice" pasture to a paddock with geotextile fabric, gravel and footing layer.

Learn how to construct low mud paddocks:

Keeping Your Pastures Healthy

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There are several things you can do to have healthier pastures. Remove horses from the field when grass is less then 3", otherwise you destroy the roots and weaken the plant. Have them eat the grass down before it starts to go to seed otherwise the plant will put its energy into reproducing instead of growing more grass.

Cross fence your pastures so you can rotate your horses. When you rotate your pastures, you give the grass time to grow back and get healthy.

More on growing grass and designing your pastures around paddocks:

Directions To Farm

Click on Directions to go to Mapquest. Once you turn left onto Rock Creek Rd, you will go 1/4 of a mile and turn left at end of round wood rail fence.

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Contact Shadysprings

Reasonably priced lessons, training & board for the horse owner wanting great service. Come visit & take a tour or watch a lesson.

Address: 16340 NW Rock Creek Rd. Portland, 97231
Barn: 503-621-6932
Mobile: 503-799-7082
E-mail: ssfarm@me.com

Contact Trainers

Lee Jorgensen: Hunter/ Jumper/ Equitation

Phone: (360) 904-8626
E-mail: fairwindfarms@gmail.com

Courtney Reid: Hunter/ Jumper/ Equitation

Phone: ((503) 314-4708
E-mail: creid.crossroads@gmail.com