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Property owners will find extensive information on building and renovating barns that use environmentally friendly materials, fit well into surrounding ecosystems, and work best with available water resources and prevailing weather conditions. All horsekeepers will appreciate the chapters that address the constant challenges of responsible pasture rotation and manure management.
There is plenty here for the concerned rider, too. From avoiding toxins in feed, fly sprays, cleaning products, and medicines to practicing good trail-riding etiquette, anyone who spends time with horses will find simple and rewarding ways to be kinder to the earth.
Author Heather Cook gives readers countless ideas for lowering the impact horses and horsekeeping facilities have on the surrounding environment. Sell composted horse manure (recycle and reuse!); replace old incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents; use empty grain bags as garbage bags. There are dozens of simple ways to make a difference every day.
Part I Getting Started: The Big Picture 1
Introduction The Green Stable 3
Chapter 1 Horse-Human Ecology How equines evolved from prey to partner, and how that affected the environment 7
Part II Creating a Green Farm 15
Chapter 2 Put Green Energy to Work Earth-friendly solutions for your power needs 17
Chapter 3 Understanding Your Land Planning and site selection 34
Chapter 4 Getting Off on the Right Hoof Building green structures from scratch 60
Chapter 5 Rebuilding and Refitting Going greener by adapting existing structures 76
Chapter 6 Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle How to have an environmentally sound barn with minimal consumer waste 89
Part III Eco-Equine Management 99
Chapter 7 Manure Management Emphasize reduction and reuse 101
Chapter 8 Water, Water Everywhere How to evaluate your needs and maintain and conserve clean water 118
Chapter 9 Field and Pasture Rotation How to maintain pastures and protect the ecology with effective rotation and planting techniques 136
Chapter 10 Ecofriendly Feeding Feeding 1 to 100 horses while minimizing your carbon footprint 150
Chapter 11 The Chemically Challenged Horse An overview of the common chemicals we use on our horses with alternatives and disposal techniques 159
Part IV Riding Green 175
Chapter 12 Showing, Breeding, and Winning the Environmental Way Considerations for the professional horseman 177
Chapter 13 Small Eco-Hoofprints Environmentally friendly trail-riding strategies 193
Appendix A Reader's Guide 210
Appendix B Bibliography 214
Appendix C Resources and Best Practices 215
Posted June 27, 2012
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