Green Wise

What steps is your barn taking to stay "green" or eco-friendly?
(Check all that apply)

Recycling used tack/equipment
Composting manure
Using sacrifice areas in the pasture
Using energy-efficient light bulbs, automatic waterers, etc.
Using biodegradable and nontoxic products around the barn
Using solar-powered fencing, lighting, etc.
Other (please explain below)

Total votes cast: 1560

Comments & Write-in Answers

tankless water heater, clear overhead panels

4/5/2010 2:29:14 PM

Giving composted manure to local farmer

4/5/2010 12:52:45 PM

wind and geothermal power

4/5/2010 8:00:00 AM

using finely ground cedar chips to lesson the amount needed for bedding- less waste.

4/4/2010 2:05:46 PM

spread manure on field

4/3/2010 8:06:02 PM

using fly predators instead of sprays and wipes

4/3/2010 5:32:27 PM

wheelbarrow and leg power,no tractor

4/3/2010 4:37:11 PM

We use feed bags as trash bags in the barn

4/3/2010 3:45:54 PM

fly pedators vs. chemicals

4/3/2010 10:03:54 AM

fly papers and parasitic wasps for fly reduction

4/3/2010 9:50:02 AM

Grey water system

4/3/2010 6:25:52 AM

pasture rotation

4/3/2010 12:24:28 AM

recycling shavings bags, reusing plastic grain/shavings bags

4/2/2010 11:39:07 PM

recycle feed bags, too

4/2/2010 10:20:12 PM

green or not , you just do it

4/2/2010 9:54:50 PM

I use goats to keep pastures mowed...saves on fuel and labor. no need to use chemicals on fencelines

4/2/2010 7:31:27 PM

Sweep hay barn & put all seeds on bald patches in fields to encourage grass growth

4/2/2010 5:14:01 PM

old stirrup leathers make great breakaway halter straps

4/2/2010 4:54:00 PM

We are in the process of installing solar on the barns and have a solar gate opener

4/2/2010 2:45:17 PM

By having the pasture to begin with - grass is great at converting CO2 to O2

4/2/2010 1:17:20 PM

solar hot water; extensive stewardship programs/projects

4/2/2010 8:46:05 AM

The bulbs were at a reduced price. Are more efficient.I don't believe all the Hype about going green

4/1/2010 11:23:11 PM

Oh, puhleez! Horses ARE eco-friendly!

4/1/2010 5:03:41 PM

grown our own treat

4/1/2010 4:40:53 PM

None of the above. But then we don't have a barn. Just 3 big lawn (field?) ornaments

4/1/2010 3:11:51 PM


4/1/2010 1:35:01 PM

Using lengths of well piping to enclose corrals. Placing used carpet in stall and feed trough areas

4/1/2010 12:10:23 PM

collecting water from roofs for use on farm

4/1/2010 10:27:32 AM

grass allergy

4/1/2010 8:25:35 AM

knit baling twine into door mats

4/1/2010 12:15:41 AM

Recycle plastic and paper.

3/31/2010 9:49:53 PM

not killing the greenpeace person who claims that by keeping horses i release CO into the atmosphere

3/31/2010 1:12:27 PM

Nothing is being done

3/31/2010 1:02:49 PM

usit it up wear it out make do do without!!

3/31/2010 12:28:34 PM

Have Guinea fowl and chickens to help with bug control and garlic for horses to replace most spray.

3/31/2010 12:09:52 PM

fly predators and purple martin hoses for pest control

3/31/2010 12:06:01 PM

turning off lights and water as much as possible.

3/31/2010 7:38:41 AM

I can't find an energy-efficient light bulb that works in cold weather.

3/31/2010 7:22:29 AM

most horse stuff is "green friendly"

3/31/2010 7:22:21 AM

A great deal of our building materials are from old buildings.

3/31/2010 1:24:40 AM

Just good horse keeping so called "green " practices are a scam.

3/30/2010 11:09:23 PM

picking stalls daily vs stripping;using pine instead of cedar so it will compost

3/30/2010 11:08:10 PM

Recycling shavings/manure at a plant that uses it for electricity.

3/30/2010 11:05:50 PM

I have used energy efficient light bulbs all through my barn for 3 years now.

3/30/2010 9:57:09 PM

Buying Hay Close to home.

3/30/2010 8:42:30 PM

horses kept in pens - no bedding used. Manure spread in dry lot / sand arena.

3/30/2010 8:06:50 PM

We use the composted manure on the garden

3/30/2010 7:41:34 PM

Use natural fly sprays and shampoos

3/30/2010 7:38:55 PM

Use feed sacks for trash bags and for sacking out tools.Ask myself what can I use this for?

3/30/2010 7:38:39 PM

Plan ahead, cut cost not quality, care of tack, & network.

3/30/2010 7:23:09 PM

fly predators instead of spray this year

3/30/2010 6:48:36 PM

reusing feed bags for storage

3/30/2010 6:31:23 PM

Green is over-rated. I have always tried to do the right thing in the past & will continue.

3/30/2010 5:57:34 PM

Not "Green" just simply smarter care

3/30/2010 5:45:27 PM

Something needs to be done about having the ability to recycle bailing twine; little options exist.

3/30/2010 4:43:25 PM

I use some solar electric fencing.

3/30/2010 4:42:24 PM

we added a recycling bin for cans & bottles

3/30/2010 4:35:50 PM

I pick up shavings directly from mill. Owner knows which woods work for horses.

3/30/2010 4:30:47 PM

Using old shavings in the roundpen. Shavings get rotated by horses training in roundpen. dries shavi

3/30/2010 4:01:11 PM

Bio-filtering contaminated runoff, regular de-worming, collecting clean run-off water to street,

3/30/2010 3:47:12 PM

Return our plastic feed bags to the feed store for recycling

3/30/2010 3:39:11 PM

almost everything is done by hand by us no tractors

3/30/2010 3:38:13 PM

recycle feed bags & baling twine, use natural fly defenses

3/30/2010 3:32:41 PM

Recycling, of course!

3/30/2010 3:14:22 PM

we installed a solar array on our barn to power the entier farm

3/30/2010 3:05:40 PM

enforcing recycling of trash

3/30/2010 2:52:09 PM

Use real horse power to drag arena, pull logs and a pony w/cart to feed all the other horses.

3/30/2010 2:39:02 PM

gutters, keeping grass on my pastures, protecting streams

3/30/2010 2:37:04 PM

minimize use of electricity - use lights sparingly

3/30/2010 2:30:42 PM

energy eff. bulbs dont work well in cold & cant be cleaned

3/30/2010 2:29:15 PM

No electric in barn, so very green!

3/30/2010 2:28:38 PM

We do a "barn" garden with the composed manure. Boarders, visitors are welcome to the produce grow

3/30/2010 12:04:39 PM

added windows - natural light, added trees - shade barn, planted native landscape - reduce water use

3/30/2010 1:09:13 AM