Alayne Blickle

Alayne Renée Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and reining competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, nationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approaches, Alayne is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise controls and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Alayne and her husband raise and train their reining horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho. She also authors the Smart Horse Keeping blog.

Articles by Alayne Blickle

The Ins and Outs of Temporary Horse Fencing

This portable and cost-effective barrier comes in handy when managing pastures, traveling with horses, and more. Read More

Shopping for Horse Farm Property

Consider these pointers for selecting horse-friendly land, facilities, and communities. Read More

Protecting Against Wildfire

Learn how to identify and reduce fire risk on your property. Read More

9 Steps for Composting Horse Manure

Here's what to do with that huge mound of stall waste piling up behind the barn. Read More

Time-Saving Feeding Tips for Horse Owners

Here are a few ways to make feeding time more efficient without sacrificing your horse's dietary balance. Read More

Innovations in Confinement Area Horse-Keeping

Find out how to construct safe, aesthetic, and eco-friendly confinement areas on your horse property. Read More

Setting Goals for Managing Your Horse Property

Winter is a great time for planning. Here are some tips for planning, prioritizing, and tackling your "to do" list. Read More

Take the Winter Solstice Chore Efficiency Test

Can you pass Alayne's test? Get advice for winterizing and making your horse property chore-efficient. Read More

Horses at Work: Lifestyles of Working and Service Horses

Horses that plow, heal, or protect have distinctly different lifestyles than the average riding horse. Read More

Building an Indoor Riding Arena? First, Do a Needs-Analysis

Horses for Clean Water's Alayne Blickle explains how she weighed the need for an indoor arena against the cost. Read More

Making Winter Manageable on the Farm

Don't wait for the first snowflakes to prepare your horse property for the cold, dark, and wet months ahead. Read More

Controlling Dust on Horse Properties

Keep dust to a minimum in arenas, barns, and paddocks for both aesthetic and health reasons. Read More

(Un)certain Change: Climate Shifts and Horse Keeping

Learn how rising temperatures and extreme weather events are affecting horse keeping. Read More

Welcome Swallows Back to Your Horse Property!

March and April mark the return of these little birds that play a big role in horse-property insect control. Read More

Is My Compost Pile Going to Combust?

Our digital managing editor thought her manure pile was about to burst into flames. Find out why she needn't worry. Read More

Reiners Show Support, Raise Breast Cancer Awareness Funds

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and reiners are joining the cause through Slide for the Cure. Read More

All-Natural Options for Weed Control

Here's how to help your pasture outcompete weeds so you can avoid using toxic herbicides. Read More

Reining Sire Gallo Del Cielo Dies

Famed sire Gallo Del Cielo, better known as "Rooster," died Aug. 20 at the age of 26 following an accident. Read More

Idaho Wildfire Impacts Horse Owners, Wild Horses

Officials in southwest Idaho are combating a wildfire that's threatening both wild and domestic horses. Read More

Is Hydroponic Feed in Your Horse's Future?

Rising feed prices and drought conditions have led to a growing interest in using fodder systems to feed horses. Read More

Bats in My Barn

Bats have moved into one horse owner's barn. Find out if that's a good or bad thing. Read More

Federal Environmental Regulations and Horse Farms

The EPA might not come knocking on your barn door anytime soon, but that's no reason not to practice good stewardship. Read More

Meet 'Down the Fence' Producer MJ Isakson

Filmmaker MJ Isakson is completing a film documenting the sport of 'reined cow horse,' its horses, and its legends. Read More

Nearly Nontoxic Insect Control

Fewer flies and less chemical warfare can create a healthier barn environment for you and your horse. Read More

Clover Control

Do you have any suggestions on how to control clover in pastures that don't involve herbicides? Read More