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Pasture management and several other topics covered May 5 at Molalla Community Center event

Pasture management will be one of the topics covered at the May 5 horse owner workshop in Molalla.

The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a workshop for horse owners on Saturday, May 5, in Molalla.

Pasture Management, Track Paddocks, and Firewise for Horse Owners will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Molalla Community Center.

"We did one last year and it was very well received," said Lisa Kilders of the CSWCD. "This year we are looking at pasture management. We see a lot of horses that are in pastures that are beat down. There are lots of things people can do to improve their pasture and make it good forage for their animals."

Presenter Alayne Blickle, educator and photojournalist with Horses for Clean Water, will be this year's presenter. She's well-known in the horse community and brings a fun, down-to-earth approach to horse and land care.

Kilders noted that with bad pasture care often comes a lot of weeds, which again is poor forage for horses.

Alayne Blickle will be the featured speaker at ths horse owner workshop on Saturday, May 5, in Molalla.

"Alayne will also talk about paddocks and prepared areas that the horses can walk around on and get exercise in the wintertime," said Kilders. "Another topic she will cover is how to make your property more resistant to wildfires."

Last year's inaugural event had nearly 40 people attend and Kilders suspects this year's event will get a good turnout, too.

"This also includes a field visit, so we can get out of the classroom and look at a property," Kilders said.

Arrive at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and a chance to visit with our speaker.

The $10 registration fee for this workshop includes lunch and snacks. Register at www.eventbrite.com.

Horse owners in Clackamas County can get more information on horse health, safety, and management as related to pasture, soil, and water quality which affect everyone in the community. Participants at this workshop will learn how to:

- Manage pastures efficiently and effectively.

- Improve horse health.

- Develop and use track paddocks.

- Protect horse properties from wildfires.

Space is limited for this workshop, so make your reservation as soon as possible. Registration closes Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 503-210-6002.

This workshop is sponsored by the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, Pudding River Watershed Council, and Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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