Friday, January 9, 2015

Golden Hoof Farm

As always, play and work combine! I was able to hook up for a private tour with Alice of the Golden Hoof, a slow food farm in Boulder, CO ( 

This farm specializes in streamline efficiency and green living and farming practices - both of which we are hoping to design and implement at Painted Bar Stables in the next couple years. There are so many streamlining concepts that could potentially help to reduce waste at Painted Bar, but moreover a streamline trajectory thinking culture that I hope to improve at our stables. 

I was impressed at how nothing goes to waste on this 27 acre farm: seeds are sprouted for a more efficient and less wasteful feed system, animals are mostly free range, manure is used for either compost for gardening or compost heating systems to heat the greenhouses and sprouting room, and it all cycles back! 

Furthermore, they recently instituted an internship program similar to the one we have at Painted Bar Stables and work with the WWOOFer program to share knowledge in a labor barter environment. It was inspirational to hear what has worked for them. 

Whenever I am able to travel to farms around the world to knowledge share it is always an amazing experience.

Equine Liability

An article in the January copy of Equus Magazine hits on some very important issues regarding equine liability: "The Case of the 'Vicious' Horse."

What is our responsibility and liability as horse owners and what is an individual's own personal liability? Where is the line between 'failure to inform' and 'failure to think' regarding interactions with our horses and the public?

In NYS we have no equine liability laws. This means that in this state, horses and their behavior is completely the responsibility of the owners and stable employees. It also means that signage is not enough...

In the article, the author writes a key bit: "interaction requires an awareness on my part that someone who doesn't know horses might not possess. And that is the point I think we all do need go take seriously: so many people in the world today do not understand horses of how to approach them safely. Consider how many times in your horse's life he could encounter a stranger without your supervision..."