Spring Cleaning the Natural Way


EcoEquine_Green Cleaning Cover

Finally, here in Virginia, we can leave the barn windows open and start the tiddying up process called Spring cleaning.  While searching for ideas I came across this blog post from SmartBarn which had so many great ideas and recipes I had to share it.  So get ready to get cleaning!!

Ingredients/tools list:

– Baking Soda
– White Vinegar
– Olive Oil
– Lemon Juice
– Liquid Castile soap ( natural dish soap will work too)
– Essential Oil (optional)
Keep that fresh scent going and to help deter insects
– Bucket, sponges, rags, scrub brush, tooth brush, newspaper, spray bottle, old plastic containers with lids.

You can pretty much clean anything with this recipe but for other areas she offers more “green cleaning” …….

Drain cleaner– For clogs use 1 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar (yes, it will create a volcano) allow to do its thing…

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I Like Taking Sky Pictures

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! I’m personally looking forward to warmer weather, since I don’t get to hibernate or spend the winter in Florida. But I’m still riding as much as possible.

When I’m hacking out and see a cool sky I usually take a photo, assuming it’s not so cold that I don’t want to take off my glove. That’s the joy of touchscreens. Now that I have a new iPhone (finally!) I can actually take halfway decent photos, and since I splurged and got the 128 GB I can fill it up with all kinds of snapshots. Continue reading

WAY Late Update

I obviously fail at keeping up weekly posts. I did fairly well for a while, but then I got distracted or unmotivated or other things demanded my time and updating this blog slipped so far down the priority list it was about to fall off the bottom. And I don’t want that to happen.

Perhaps a monthly update, or even a whenever-I-feel-like-it-because-I-don’t-have-anything-better-to-do schedule, would be a better idea, because I obviously can’t get organized enough to produce regular posts. My bad.

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August 17 – 23

It was a busy week with some crazy weather. Early Sunday morning I rode Dante, trying to beat the rain. I was out in a far corner of the front field when I felt the first few drops, and we barely made it back to the barn before the proverbial bottom fell out and it started to pour. Thinking that would carry on all day, I went home. Continue reading

August 10 – 16

It’s a late update this week because I was super busy Saturday and then today I got distracted by the urgency to make a page for the barn cats. I also need to make a “meet the horses” page for Cutter. It’s on my list. Continue reading

August 3 – 9

School starts on Wednesday, so last week was the final full week of summer vacation. My kids probably didn’t appreciate having to tag along with me to the barn every day, but hey, that’s life.

Last Sunday when I got out to the barn, the girl who does chores on Sundays told me all about how Skipper had locked her in the feed room and she had to text one of the other boarders for help. I couldn’t help laughing my butt off and hope she wasn’t offended, but it was too funny. Continue reading

July 27 – August 2

I had a lot of fun this week riding Dante and Fairing, and I even got to join in a jumping lesson Wednesday afternoon because Fairing’s owner got stuck at work and couldn’t make it. I hadn’t jumped a horse in a lesson since Jasmine last fall, so I was a little anxious. But I’ve had some practice taking Dante and Fairing over crossrails, and knowing that this lesson was scheduled, I jumped Fairing a little when I rode him Monday. I think the last time he jumped was with me on July 18th.

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Throwback Thursday: College Essay

Who remembers fax machines? They were like paper email in that you got a print-out copy of whatever the other person was sending in real time, all via the phone line. Which came in handy when you needed a document (or wanted to share a joke) right away and couldn’t wait for the regular mail. In 1993 not everybody had access to the internet. I don’t think I even knew what it was. Continue reading

July 20-26

Well, it was a bad week for hooves.

Horse Cookies and ButeLast Sunday Mya (Dante’s stall neighbor and BFF) went lame, and her owner called the vet out. We noticed Dale the clydesdale was very lame at turnout time the night before, and his owner said to give him some bute since she couldn’t make it out to the barn. Well, there was no way he was going to let us give him his bute, at least not from the syringe thingy. But then Mya’s owner came up with this brilliant idea: sandwich the paste between horse cookies, creating Bute Oreos. Genius! Anyway, Sunday afternoon the vet looked at both horses and suspected abscesses. Continue reading

July 13-19

I didn’t get to ride every day this past week, and I may not have time to ride Monday morning, which sucks. But that’s next week’s business. This post is about last week. Continue reading