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post #51 of 53 Old 04-11-2019, 05:26 PM
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Last night I stopped at a farm store for some supplies, and was sad to see their tubs of horseshoes now have the shoes in thick, colorful plastic bags..... just.... why? Horseshoes have done just fine in bins and boxes for centuries. Why on earth would they have to be wrapped individually in plastic now? Gah!
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post #52 of 53 Old 04-11-2019, 07:01 PM
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Hmm. IDK. I mean, we try our best in all we do to minimize our footprints. Pack it in, pack it out, even if it's not ours...

I use the cow patties our heifers are kind enough leave in the pasture for my flower beds. I am mixing my garden plants in with my flowers this year, rather than having two separate areas to have to spend water and personal, physical energy on. We use ground water, do our best to be conservative with it, take no more than we need.

I buy used tack on the whole. Reuse, repair, replace, repurpose until it's worn out and can't be fixed or used any longer.

Hay is local, I can't imagine going out of state for it.

We place our round bales in areas where the topsoil was long gone, far before our time on earth, leaving red clay exposed. Over time, the cows and horses stomp the left overs and seeds into the ground, fertilize it, and voila! Top soil! Grass!


I let certain good citizen horses out of their pasture on a regular basis - they are allowed to roam our property and mow the yard. They do a good job on the whole, but a mower is still needed.


Feed is NOT organic, and only used when the grass stop growing (First freeze) until the grass comes in (Now). Now they're all getting grass fat. Still keeping hay out for now.

We've started reusing our wads of round bale mesh to stop erosion - figured out if you ball it up good and tight, tie it up good and tight, then chuck it in an erosion destroyed wash, it will trap dirt the next time it rains, but allows the water to pass through and doesn't wash away into the creek. Not an entirely eco friendly decision, but it's working. We tried old bales of hay, but the water just washed under them and continued to chew away at our creek bottom. Contacted USDA/Dept of Ag, asked what to do, they sent out an expert. He said: Cross fence.

Say what? So, just... fence it off and forget about it?

Thanks for nothing, genius.

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post #53 of 53 Old 04-11-2019, 07:06 PM
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Last night I stopped at a farm store for some supplies, and was sad to see their tubs of horseshoes now have the shoes in thick, colorful plastic bags..... just.... why? Horseshoes have done just fine in bins and boxes for centuries. Why on earth would they have to be wrapped individually in plastic now? Gah!

That annoys the begeebus out of me. That and plastic clamshell packaging. The less plastic I take home with me, the happier I am. Tubs are nice - you can reuse them.
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