The things you learn on a farm tour

CDM-50-3-Things-you-learn10498by Steve Wagner

Friday, April 8, was supposed to be sunny, albeit on the chilly side. Perfect for a farm tour and it was, except for a brief gate-crashing blizzard that lasted for roughly half an hour. To be fair, a reminder sent the day before cautioned Please Dress Warm. No one was caught short. That’s the first thing you learn on a farm tour — be prepared. [Read more…]

Limiting pathogens in irrigated manure

CF4-MR-38-3-Limiting-patho1gens6180by Sally Colby

When farms have an irrigation system in place for crops, they can often use the same system for distributing liquid manure. Manure application via an irrigation system result in less time on the road, rapid uptake of nutrients by crops, and less risk of runoff and groundwater contamination. Manure distribution through irrigation also helps reduce volume in storage facilities when levels are close to the top. [Read more…]

Selecting a boarding facility

CEW-MR-1-Horse-Boarding82538by Sally Colby

Not every horse owner can or wants to keep a horse on their property. For them, a boarding facility may be the next best option.

Boarding barns vary widely as far as what they offer their clients, but the number one consideration for most potential boarders is cost. As you visit different barns, keep in mind that cost doesn’t always reflect the level of care. [Read more…]

Preparing the pasture puff for the trail

CM-MS-50-3-Trail-ri1de2by Sally Colby

It’s spring, and many riders anticipate the first trail ride of the season. While some riders make it a point to keep both themselves and their horses in shape year-round, many haven’t been on a trail ride since last fall.

Riders expect that they might be a little stiff or sore after the first ride of the season, but what about the horse? [Read more…]