If I'm home alone and the TV is on, 9 out of 10 times, it's tuned to The Weather Channel. As a self-proclaimed and family-described "weather channel nut", I can't seem to get enough. I'm often asked "isn't this the same thing you saw 20 minutes ago?" Well of course it is, but eventually it'll change and I don't want to miss it! Now granted, it's mostly just for background noise. I'm not actually glued to the TV, but over the course of an hour or so, I pick up enough bits and pieces to get the whole picture. ( But that's another story)
Anyway, with highlighted drought area maps and suspected global warming, the talk on The Weather Channel the other day turned to water conservation. I started thinking about how we as horse owners, could help do our part. Long term availability of safe drinking water should be a concern for ourselves as well as our four-footed friends.
Here's some tips for conserving water on your horse farm.
1. Resist the temptation to leave the hose unattended while filling troughs and buckets. It might be esay to walk away and tend to something else while they fill, but gallons of water can be wasted in a matter of minutes.
2. Always keep a nozzle on your hose when bathing your horse. Better yet, try using buckets and sponges for bathing and rinsing. You'll probaly use less water.
3. When emptying out dirty buckets, dump the water into flower pots and landscaped areas to help water your plants.
4. Periodically, check automatic watering systems for leaks and proper function.
5. When cleaning off paved areas around your barn, always try to sweep up as much as possible before resoting to hosing down.
6. Check for any leaking faucets that drip around your farm. Hundreds of gallons of water can be wasted a month.
Take a few minutes to look around your equestrian property. I'm sure you'll come up with some great ideas of your own to help conserve.
" A horse is worth more than riches."