Sustainable Horse Keeping Tour


August 26


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Category:

Education, Farm Tour, KCD, Tour

Event Tags:

2023, farm tour, horse, Horses For Clean Water, KCD

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King Conservation District


Join King Conservation District to learn about managing horse properties for horse health and environmental integrity!

Join King Conservation District and Horses for Clean Water to tour Pale Horse Farm in Auburn, WA. The owners of this property, Lara & Justin Schmauser, work hard to manage their land and to educate themselves on proper land management practices. Lara is a dressage rider and makes her living as an assistant trainer for an upper-level dressage trainer in Enumclaw.

Pale Horse Farm is five acres and sports two horses, one retired, and one a rehabbing dressage horse.

Some of the land management practices you will see at this guided educational event include:

  • Fenced and cross fenced pastures
  • RAMM “tension” fencing with hot wire for horse fencing
  • Static aerated pile compost bins that the owners made themselves (and manage without a tractor!)
  • All finished compost is used in their wonderful gardens
  • Owners rent the KCD compost spreader (learn about the rental process as well as how to spread compost!)
  • Heavy use equine confinement areas (paddocks) that drain well during the rainy seasons
  • Lighthoof geotextile product installed in several high traffic areas
  • Hogfuel (crushed wood product) used for stall bedding
  • Old, decomposed hogfuel used in garden or compost
  • Rain barrels set up on gutters and downspouts
  • Feeding system where horses are fed 4x/day
  • Horse cameras installed with an app on their phones so they can monitor their horses

BONUS: The owners are building an outdoor riding arena! Hear their thoughts on decisions they made and the construction process.

This farm tour will be limited in attendance due to parking so sign up early! Carpooling is encouraged. Directions and the tour agenda will be emailed out upon registration.

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