Being eco-friendly is more than just saving the environment, it can save your paycheck too! Keeping your barn green is a lot easier than you may think. There are a ton of small, simple changes you can make that can have a big difference. Read through the tips and see how you can support a healthier environment!

  • Recycle! This could be water bottles and tin cans from boarders or even plastic supplement containers. Make sure to set a designated bin for your recycled goods.
  • Switch out old lightbulbs for LED or CFL bulbs. They might cost a little more upfront, but in the end they’ll use less energy and last longer.
  • Solar energy is more common in barns than you might imagine. A solar fence charger is a great place to start, but you can also line walkways outside with inexpensive solar lights. Some farms have solar panels on their roof and operate entirely from alternative energy.
  • Compost or spread your manure. Composting is simple and highly desirable for gardeners. You separate the manure into three bins based on its age. With a proper plan, spreading manure is another eco-friendly option to eliminate large piles.
  • Utilize natural fly predators, such as chickens. They will hunt through your manure to find fly larvae.
  • When traveling to shows or clinics, get together with other boarders to join cars or take one trailer instead of two.
  • Give life to old items. Try to reuse supplement containers, feed bags, and hay twine. They may work perfectly as trash bags or bins to store brushes.
  • Recycle horseshoes by making creative décor pieces for around the barn or house. They can also make great presents.
  • Use Vinegar as a natural cleaning product. It’s great for stalls, buckets, and snaps.

Practice green horsekeeping for a brighter future. It’s our responsibility to be good shepherds of our land. Got more ideas, make sure to share them!