Horses and Honeybees

A project for Pollinator Health

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Gardening is good for the Soul - and Pollinator Health!

Horses and Honeybees

We need honey bees. As horse owners and lovers, we need to educate ourselves now because the decline of pollinators is beginning to impact our food and livestock crops. The implications of this are higher prices and potentially fewer types of feed based products, possibly feed shortages in the years to come. Bees also produce products that are beneficial to equine health, such as Honey and propolis, a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal material. Visit our video page to watch a wounded horse get a HONEY WRAP. A university study (Sydney, AU) found that when used on wounds, honey could speed healing as much as 27 percent faster healing time. Honey has been used for centuries as a treatment for disease and infections.

Equines and Pollinator Health

Sustainable Horse keeping, when combined with pollinator health awareness and practices is an important key to creating excellence in equine management.

The Beauty and the BEE’s

Create a Photo BackDrop for your Horse

Many horse photos I see have unattractive things lurking in the backgrounds, so here is an opportunity to easily create a beautiful scene while supporting pollinator health, growing beneficial herbs and horse treats (sunflower heads) while implementing manure pile re-use.

With a load of soil and a handful of sunflower seeds, a few discount herbs and sale shrubs, you can make a photo background to be proud of and really show your horse off! Help a friend sell their horse or create a memorable horse birthday photo complete with (easy to grow) flowers!

It can change with the seasons and support many bees and native pollinators, mine had tons of  bee and hummingbirds, so mesmerizing to watch. What a fantastic horse keeping conversation piece. (pictures coming!).

Here’s a simple sunflower bed below so you get the idea, the horses loved the chunks of sunflower seeds!

On Toxic Plants

Planting wildflower seeds on an equine property can lead to unwanted and hard to eradicate toxic plants. Choose zones that are well away from horses, in areas you can mow around to check the spread of any beautiful but toxic plants. If you have a horse that “snatches” at passing vegetation, plant your wildfowers set back from areas where you may lead your horse, such as driveway entries.

Monarch Butterfly Populations at Risk, But There’s an Easy Way to Help

Here is an interesting article about the monarch population.

A problem for horse owners is Milkweed - they neglect to mention that this plant was actively eradicated by farmers, not displaced. There was a very good reason for that - Milkweed is toxic to horses and livestock.

Somehow, we need to find a balance. We need to intelligently plan and rebuild pollinator numbers while keeping the spread of plants that are toxic to livestock and horses to a minimum.  This is exactly why dialog is crucial between horse owners and university departments, or county government offices, as spreading milkweed seed in the country or along rural zones could have tragic and predictable results.

Oregon beekeepers continue to see unsustainable losses 7/8/14- Read the article Here:

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If you live in Oregon, and you see a strange insect or butterfly you want to know the name of  go HERE to identify it.

Archer grazing amongst the Wild Carrots

Sustainable Honey bees defines our Bee and Pollinator acreage. This is Our Sweet side!

Horse Keeping and Pollinator Health go hand in hand. SustainableHorse promotes the Presidents Healthy Pollinator Task Force. We work to restore and preserve healthy pollinator zones with our wetland restoration project, horse pasture ‘buffer’ plantings and equine herbal garden beds and planting zones.

We are a Pollinator Health Sanctuary comprised of a seasonal stream, vernal pool, wetlands and drylands - all supportive of native pollinators and honeybees and located near the historic town of Dexter, minutes away from Eugene, Oregon.

The city of Eugene was awarded the title “Americas Most Bee Friendly City” after it banned the use of bee killing neonicotinoids. We are proud of Eugene and proud to live near the first truly bee friendly city in the nation.

Directors Bio

I Love Horses, Flowers and Art. All have sharpened my powers of observation. I have planted many large gardens of annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, trees and native plants throughout my life for the colors, textures and fragrance and to attract the wonderful array of butterflies, bees, hummingbird moths and birds, yet each year I have been continually surprised and delighted by new discoveries in the great number and diversity of native pollinators who live here or come to visit and I always look forward to finding the metallic blue-green bees in my garden.

One garden many years ago was a 2 acre cut flower operation where I discovered and developed a breakthrough Cosmos b. flower

(shown below). It had one fused petal all the way around instead of the normal 5 to 7 separate petals and even the collerette was fused.

Finally as the trait persisted, it became too large of a project for one person and I sold the seeds to an international company to help buy this farm. Click these links to see “The rest of the Story” International Award 1 and Award2 a Top Pick and from Floral Daily Global Flora culture news and of course, my favorite, what a beautiful statement from a gardener, “The one that stole my heart” a flower really can’t get a better compliment than that!

My goal is to leave this property as a park or sanctuary for future generations, a special place that protects the pollinators, can support a couple of horses in need and where students can experience, study and relax,  just a short drive from the University of Oregon.

I have never used Round-up.

Thank You for visiting.

Diane Schell-Engdahl, Director


Spring 2014, The crab apple tree was covered in Honey Bees

Without the Bees,

there will be

No Horses.

Without the Bees,

there will be No Horse Owners.

~ D. Schell.

The Sunflower Bed

Mound Horse manure, chicken manure, a load of dirt and coffee grounds courtesy of StarBucks and Down To Earth Root Zone. Plant some perennial sunflowers with annual sunflowers around the edge, The bees love it, birds play on it. The horses relish pieces of the sunflower heads as occasional treats.

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