Small Horse-Property Tour

Join Horses for Clean Water Director Alayne Blickle's tour of a 2-acre farm designed by architect/owner Carolyn Adams.

Take Neighbors into Consideration

It's important to take neighbors into consideration when planning your small horse property. They might not be tolerant of odors, flies, and runoff. Adams has tried to create a place that is pleasing to look at, not a habitat for flies or bothersome insects, and has a good manure management plan. Here, Horses for Clean Water hosts a tour of Adams' farm to teach husbandry and good-neighbor practices.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Farm Street View

Adams' small farm is located in an area of many horseless neighbors in the Seattle suburbs.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Stable Area

Here is a view of Adams' stable area from the farm's central courtyard. The two-horse stable is separate from the storage barn, which is across the courtyard.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Courtyard

The courtyard, which is mostly a people-only area, also features a water fountain.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Water Fountain

Here’s another view of the water fountain.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Courtyard Landscaping

The courtyard landscaping is attractive, low-maintenance, and edible (for people!).

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Manure Management

Manure is disposed of via off-site removal. Daily manure is piled into a trailer that's stored out of sight from neighbors. Once a week Adams hooks up the trailer to her truck and hauls the stall waste to a local compost facility.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Gates for Vehicle Access

On any property, but especially on small acreage, it is important to have access to all parts of the property. Twelve-foot gates on either side of Midsummer's Night Farm allow for large vehicle access for supply deliveries or emergencies.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Bat House

Bats are important components of a healthy ecosystem, and having them in the area can aid in nocturnal insect control. Sadly, Carolyn's box is still "for rent" but it often takes several years before a bat family takes up residence.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Separate Tack Room, Storage, and Grooming Area

Tack, storage, and grooming areas are separate from the stable building. A combination lock on the tack room allows for borders, multiple family members, or even veterinarians or farriers to access that area.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Farrier or Vet Appointments Area

A separate bay is available for grooming and farrier or vet appointments.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Weathervane

Small details, such as this weathervane on the cupola, give character to the property's design.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Recessed Water Hydrant

A recessed water hydrant keeps it accessible but out of the way.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Stall Design

A grate between the stalls allows the resident horses to see each other. Adams uses pelleted bedding, which is both easy to store (in individual bags) and super absorbent. This means she doesn't need to use as much bedding on top of her rubber stall mats.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Mud-Free Confinement Areas

Each horse has a separate mud-free confinement area, with footing to help with drainage. Manure is picked up daily to help prevent flies and reduce mud—a good practice for neighborhood PR!

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Small Grazing Areas

There are small grazing areas that can be maintained as pastures as long as the grass isn't grazed below 3-4 inches.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Outdoor Dining Area

A patio off the house overlooks the farm's tidy grazing paddocks.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Cattery

A cattery allows Adams’ cats to enjoy the outdoors without stalking songbirds—or getting out onto busy roads or neighbors’ yards.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Dogwood Tree

Spring-flowering dogwood trees add visual appeal.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Raised Garden Beds

A raised-bed garden sits above the property’s septic system drain field. Do not use drain fields for pastures, driveways, or anything else that causes heavy traffic that can compact the soil and ruin the drain field.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

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