Mansfield, Missouri - Eco-friendly Horse Properties Part 2

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janeAnne's comments and ideas this morning on her post to the Eco All Stars HORSE and HOME, have given me inspiration to share how we do this on a small scale that can be adjusted to fit most any budget and fit most any land size. We have a small property -- just over three acres. All of that isn't available for use due to slopes, woods, etc. So, what do we do to make comfortable, loved horses and benefit the property

The Ozarks offers a climate and geography to appeal to the small property owner.  Horses are extremely popular.  The World Headquarters of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breeding Association is located at Ava, Missouri, right in the heart of the Ozarks.   There is an ample population of Amish people who utilize horses for transportation and work.

The horse people want to make the most of their horses' and the management of the animals. Going Green is more than a mission and philosophy. Planning in the beginning can make the entire effort very cost worthy.

As writing in Eco-friendly Horse Properties Part 1, we have a small location. A lot can be done on three acres. We have some plans for more fencing that would let the gelding graze -- cutting the mowing with all the attendant problems and pollution, or we can use that space for some more hay.  I won't hijack this group with a rant about my opinon on the evils of mowing, but an area in our country the size of Pennsylvania belongs to lawn mowers. Ridiculous.

We aren't ready to build the next farm yet, so the area on our land for building is open. This year, it produced hay for our horses.

JudyAnn Lorenz - horses  There is a chance, if the rains continue, there may be another cutting.  There will for sure be pasture.

For the benefit of construction on the horse property, that hay went into a shelter.  Taking care of the crop is an element of stewardship that I am fanatical about.  In the past, I started the 'construction' of a 'barn' while DH was still working in Wyoming  JudyAnn Lorenz  He laughed, but then enlarged and refined until this year.



This year, he built an attractive addition to the property that works for us at present and will be useful to the next owner.

JudyAnn Lorenz









The old 'barn' is gone for the betterment of the appearance of the place.


Again, there are over 44 inches of average precipitation in this country. 

 That means gallons of water running off the roofs of buildings which deserves utilization on its way back to the ocean. mississippiVia the Mighty Mississippi.  We have one small tank gathering at the house now and plan for more in our next project.

The Ozarks is a great place to bring horses and families.  Alternative construction and good stewardship of the land is a priority with most of the people.  For many, it is a matter of waste not, want not.

Comments (7)

Carolyn Dubrofsky
Charleston Your Home - Mount Pleasant, SC

Hi JudyAnn,

Looks very peaceful. Does your house look out over where the horses are kept?

Jun 24, 2007 09:06 AM
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
Great post. You'll have to keep us up to date on your project. -Charles
Jun 24, 2007 09:10 AM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant
Diane, yes it does to some degree.  Not my office windows.  But they are only a short walk from the house,  I am a poor judge of space and amazed at how much of our 3 acres is trees and brush (this is the snake and poison ivy territory ~ they live there and I live up here), yet how much we have to put other stuff on.  DH is a tractor collector.  There is still too much to mow.   
Jun 24, 2007 10:21 AM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant
Thank you, Jacqulyn!  There will be innovations that will make good writing.  DH wants to do solar and wind along with the grid.
Jun 24, 2007 10:22 AM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP
JudyAnn, it looks like you are making some wonderful improvements. Keep us posted!  I think Solar would be a good way to go.
Jun 24, 2007 10:23 AM
Leslie Godbold
WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio - Asheville, NC
Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living"
JudyAnn, I love "the hay barn" that you "constructed". I am laughing too but you did what you needed to! :.)
Jun 24, 2007 11:23 AM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

Leslie, that barn sure could use some staging!  Thanks for looking and empathizing!

Jun 24, 2007 11:25 PM