Horse Farm Water Conservation

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Realty BWI Office

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."

                     Spanish proverb


Comments (5)

Wendy Welborne-Kimery
Keller Williams-Lake Norman Mooresville,NC - Mooresville, NC

Good info!  I was hoping you would have some horse photos.  Have a great week.

Feb 24, 2009 11:58 PM
K.T. Ruthven
McKinney Realty of Aiken - Savannah River Plant, SC

Good tips Kelly.  Sometimes I don't think about how much water I'm using. 

Mar 04, 2009 12:19 AM
Jen Anderson
Exit By the Bay Realty - Chesapeake Beach, MD

Kelly, great info, thanks for sharing!

Apr 11, 2009 06:21 AM
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

I live in Spruce Creek Acres, an equestrian community near Big South Fork, Tennessee. Spruce Creek abuts the national park and the deeded trails within Spruce Creek connect directly with the hundreds of miles of trails in the park itself. You can imagine the steady stream of riders passing by on their way to the Cumberland Trailhead! I put a trough out on the trail at the end of my driveway and I try to keep it clean and filled. Last night, I saw that it was full enough but there was alot of algae growth and the water looked unappealing. I scrubbed and re-filled. but only halfway. It was a waste of water to empty a mostly-full trough. I will have to check it more often but I, too, am into the water conservation mode! And, yeah, I'd already learned teh lesson about leaving the hose unattended!

Aug 06, 2009 12:27 AM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I thought I was the only one addicted to the weather channel!  

I love your tips!  Even though we are still experiencing rain here in Salem, Oregon, it doesn't hurt to be conservative.  I will definitely be watering my flowers near the barn with the water that I scrub or change out of buckets, what a great idea!  We have some great conservation programs in our county that actually reimburse property owners up to $5,000 a year for approved improvements on horse/livestock land.  Does your area have anything like that?

Jun 11, 2010 11:51 AM