- Go Green! - Conserve Water
Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:29PM
Stacey Sofia Clarke in Green Horsekeeping



Reduce. Reuse. Recycle -- everywhere you go these days you see and hear the push for going "green". We all want to help save and preserve the earth, but what does that really mean?  Being green is more than a marketing cliche...it means thinking and acting in a sustainable way so that our resources continue to be available for future generations.  

'Tis the season for setting new goals and resolutions, so why not consider how you can make some changes in how you manage your horse or barn?  Whether you board your horse or have a herd on your own property, there are many things we can all do to "go green" and create a more sustainable environment. Do you think you could commit to one change a month? How about one per quarter?  However often you decide works for you, doing something is still moving in the right direction, so give it a try!

Here's your first challenge:  Conserve Water
.  Barns are notorious for high water use and equally high water bills -- we want our horses to drink a lot, there is always something to be cleaned or washed, dusty rings to be watered, feed to be made, hay to be soaked...the list goes on and on.   Be smart where you can.  Make sure all your hoses have nozzles that can be turned off when not in use, and insist everyone be careful about running the water unnecessarily.  Collect rain water off of barn and storage facility roofs for use later in watering rings or landscaping.  Install irrigation systems for pastures and landscaping that is "smart" and can detect when to delay the irrigation schedule due to rain (yes, they exist!).  Put footing in your rings that minimizes dust, and therefore minimizes the need for water to reduce the dust.

The possibilities are endless!  Get together with your barn mates and decide on how you'll conserve more water, then send your water conservation ideas to us and we'll include them in a future blog post on our website.

Article originally appeared on Planet Equus - Horses Forever (http://www.planetequus.com/).
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