Streams and Wetlands
Horses that have free access to creek banks and stream beds will have a severe impact on water quality and the ability of the water resource to provide productive fish habitat, recreational, and aesthetic functions. Horses can trample stream banks causing erosion and disruption of aquatic habitat. Fencing should be considered to protect streams from direct access and subsequent degradation. Where practical, areas should be provided for watering, salting, and shade that are located away from stream banks and riparian zones. Direct access to streams is not recommended. Multiple feed, watering and shade locations should be established within the pasture to promote more uniform manure distribution and reduce the wear and tear associated with congregation areas.
USDA/NRCS Conservation Management Plan
A conservation management plan is a site-specific plan for your farm that includes a combination of any number of conservation practices and management plans that serve to protect and maintain five natural resources: soil, air, water, plants, and animals. The conservation management plan addresses erosion control, proper grazing, adequate pasture stand density, and pasture condition. For assistance in developing a conservation management plan contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.