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December 2003

Happy Holidays Issue

Christmas stocking filled with Horsekeeping videos and books.This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories
and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.

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riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 1: Show Supplies You Need

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 2: Blanket Rods for a Barn
                 Pick Up Stud's Feet Without Getting Kicked

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 3: Teach A Horse to Lay Down

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 4: 'Fraidy Cat Horse Solutions

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 5 : What is a Midweight Blanket?

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 6 : Why Spread Manure on Frozen Ground?
                   How to "Ask Cherry"


Page 6

Why do you recommend spreading manure on frozen ground?

Dear Cherry,

I was doing a search on manure management and cameupon your page (manure_management.htm). You offer a good forum for folks to get credible information for equine management. I don’t discredit any of your practical advice but question the recommendation of spreading composted manure on frozen ground. Ag producers on the East Coast are discouraged from applying manure to frozen ground because of the potential for it to leave the site during rain events. Your interest in not tearing up the pasture is admirable relative to preserving vegetation and reducing soil loss. Just curious as to any alternatives such as mid-summer spreading.

Scott

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your question. Midsummer spreading would be ideal on crop land or on land that will not be grazed by horses for the next 12 months. So, if a land owner could set aside one or two pastures to rest each year, then application could be made in the season that suits the climate the best in that locale.

Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping AlmanacHere in the foothills of Colorado,we spread during December and January when the ground is dry and a bit powdery. Our tractor tires do the least damage to the pasture during that time and then when our big snows come in February, March, and April, the composted manure is sealed in place under a blanket of snow until the spring melt. As the snow slowly melts, it tends to carry the nutrients into the soil and the humus adds cushion and aeration to the soil.

As I think you are suggesting, you are right, it would not be a good idea to apply raw manure or composted manure to land (frozen or not) just before heavy rain periods, especially if the precipitation would cause the manure to run off. With runoff, not only are the nutrients lost to the pastures but lakes, rivers and streams can be contaminated.

Like so many management tasks, each horsekeeper needs to make responsible decisions by being informed and then using trial and error to see what works best. When to spread manure is one of those questions that can only be answered when considering all of the specifics of the situation: how much land is available for spreading; what will the land be used for during the next 12 months; when does the heaviest precipitation occur and so on.

Cherry Hill

For more information on manure management, refer to:


A Note from Paula

Cherry Hill Horsekeeping

Starting in 2010 you can only submit Ask Cherry questions by going to Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Blog. There is a place in the right hand column for questions.

 

 

 

Hello,
To get your question answered in Ask-Cherry:
1. Read the information that is already posted on www.horsekeeping.com BEFORE you ask your question.
2. Send the question to the correct e-mail address.
3. Put a question in the subject line. "How do I properly fit a bridle?"
4. Provide Cherry with enough information in the body of the letter so that she gets an idea of your situation.
I know that many of you put time into asking good questions but, your questions are often deleted from our server or our system because
  1. They ask a question that has already been answered and is posted on the Horse Information Roundup page.
  2. They are sent to the wrong e-mail address.
  3. There is no question in the subject line.
  4. The provide no information about your situation.
Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh put a lot of time into this information-packed website to help you become better horsekeepers, trainers and riders. I hope that you support their efforts by visiting often, referring your friends to this site, and purchasing at least one item annually from www.horsekeeping.com. Your support will help defray the costs of maintaining this information site. Here are some of the gifts they give to you all year:
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Happy Holidays, Paula


That's it for this month.
Don't forget, when you ride, keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.
And try tying some bells on your saddle this month!Cherry Hill


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