The New Year is almost here! What are some of YOUR New Year’s resolutions? Ride more? Keep your tack cleaner? Spend more time grooming your horse?
At Foxwood, we not only care about improving the skills of our riders and the conditions for our horses, but also the environment that surrounds us.
Explore Lake Simcoe article written by Aileen MacMillan – December 2016:
“In close proximity to the GTA, Foxwood Farm offers English riding lessons, summer camp and boarding. Boasting an indoor arena, a heated tack room, an outdoor grass ring, a jump cross country course, a sand ring and renovated barn, the farm also has access to 100 acres of groomed trails. Camps are offered on both full and half day schedules, and lessons are available year-round.
The design of this farm maximizes the use of outdoor space, which allows the horses to live in their natural habitat. Horses bed on straw—a practice that has environmental benefits —and they are on full outdoor turnout between the end of April and mid-November (weather permitting). Sixteen horses are kept inside at night while the remainder live outside, with access to shelter and plenty of room to wander.
At Foxwood, the use of straw bedding means that (in combination with manure) it decomposes much more quickly than commonly-used wood shavings, thus making it attractive to local farmers for compost. Recently-implemented farm practices that have an environmental benefit include the installation of an automatic drinking post that allow the horses to press a lever and get unlimited access to water. This eliminates the need to heat water to prevent freezing, it also eliminates standing water and conserves water. Robyn of Foxwood will be purchasing more of these drinking posts in 2017. The introduction of compressed MAXX feeding cubes has reduced hay waste and saved the farm money (while also reducing transportation costs and therefore GHGs).
Since the farm is on a septic system, camps and riding lesson participants use water-efficient portable washrooms. Riders are encouraged to bring their own refillable water containers whenever possible. Recycling is collected in the barn, but participants can help out by bringing reusable snack containers and separating recyclables properly while at the farm. Lights have been upgraded to accommodate highly efficient LED bulbs and sensors are installed on outdoor lights.
Foxwood Farm is located on 13th line in Gilford- perfectly situated between the GTA and cottage country.”
Many thanks to Explore Lake Simcoe for visiting our farm and recognizing our “green” contributions:) We look forward to implementing more changes in 2017!
Happy New Year to all!
Until next time,