The Green Guide for Horse Owners and Riders: Sustainable Practices for Horse Care, Stable Management, Land Use, and Riding

Storey Publishing
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Reduce your carbon hoofprint! Covering everything from environmentally sensitive trail riding to building a green barn, this guide is packed with simple, practical ways to create a healthy, chemical free, and sustainable environment for you and your horses. Heather Cook provides strategies for collecting rainwater, finding locally sourced feed, using natural cleaning products, and much more. Whether you keep a barn full of horses or rent a stall for just one, you’ll find dozens of suggestions for implementing practices that preserve land, water, and energy.  
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About the author

Heather Cook has written extensively on horses for The Quarter Horse News and The Reiner, the official publication of the National Reining Horse Association. She is also a member of the editorial department at The Western Horse Review, Canada’s most popular Western horse magazine.

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Publisher
Storey Publishing
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Published on
Jul 15, 2009
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Pages
231
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ISBN
9781603426558
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Language
English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Equestrian
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / Animal Husbandry
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Many horse lovers are looking for ways to make their facilities more environmentally friendly and to practice greener riding habits. Green methods are cost-efficient, they help preserve beautiful farms and pastures for future generations, and they provide healthier surroundings for both people and horses. The first book of its kind, The Green Guide for Horse Owners and Riders takes a clear look at current horse-care practices and provides green alternatives for day-to-day horsekeeping - both for the property owner who keeps dozens of horses and for the rider who rents a stall in someone else's barn.

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