Lisa Paulson wrote:I am well acquainted with small rocky acreages, I had two acres south of the golf course on Prospect Lake road and I'll tell you Dale, manure would be very useful building the soil in that area : )
Thanks for your kind words Greta, you have no idea how lucky I am with horses and lousy I am with men : )
Eden Ranch wrote:Also, they put a smile on everyones face who stays here and this is priceless.
Benjamin Hiatt wrote:Well, one idea is that you could have a horse mow your yard, and maybe train it to defecate in your garden or compost pile. You could also use it manure for biogas. And one thing my grandfather was interested in, but never got to do was to have a large horse, (like a Belgian, which are "gentle giants") turn a large wheel to generate power, or pump water. Although I don't know how well that would work out, or how efficient that would be.
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone wrote:My Grandmother used to say "horse manure is gold in the garden".
That, of course, was before herbicide/insecticide sprayed hay and chemical dewormers.
If you could find a way to feed your horse hay that was not contaminated and keep parasites at bay with out the use of chemical dewormers then I believe that not only would you have a wonderful companion but also some 'gold' for your garden. Sounds like a permaculture win/win to me.