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

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

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

Innovations in Confinement Area Horse-Keeping

Construct horse-safe, aesthetic, and eco-friendly confinement areas on your horse property Read More

Making Winter Manageable on the Farm

These preparations can help carry you and your horses through the cold, dark, and wet months ahead. 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

(Un)certain Change: Climate Shifts and Horse Keeping

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

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

Clover Control

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

Creating a Sacrifice Area for Horses

Creating a sacrifice area can help protect horse pastures from wet weather or overgrazing. Read More

Budget Barn Design

See how one owner designed and built frugally without compromising on aspects supporting horse health. Read More

Cost Cutting Tips for Building Horse Barns

Horse owners share their top five tips for cutting costs and staying green when building a horse barn. Read More

Readers Share Recycling Ideas to Cut Costs Around the Barn

Horse owners share their tips for reusing select items to save money around the barn. Read More

Innovations in Manure Management

Turn your mismanaged manure pile into an asset with these new technologies. Read More

Green Farm Makeover

Can we as horse owners make a few changes to our horse keeping habits to help lessen our draw on the ecosystem? We can make everyday changes such as recycling and conserving water, but what else can we do to reduce our impact on the environment? Read More