When building a barn, safety of both horses and humans should always be a priority. Your barn aisle is one of the most heavily trafficked areas, but it’s also an area with the potential for significant accidents to occur. Many of these dangers can be reduced or prevented by building a barn aisle that’s designed to be as safe as possible. When planning and building a barn, consider the following important safety tips.
Choose an Appropriate Width and Height
An aisle that’s too narrow can increase the chance of accidents occurring and can make those […]
Traditionally, when you’re preparing mares for breeding or want to keep your performance horses from growing thick winter coats, you’d turn to your barn’s lighting for a solution. Leaving barn lights on overnight through the winter simulates the longer days of summer, tricking horses’ bodies and preventing some of their winter physical responses.
But leaving all of the lights on in your barn has its disadvantages, too, including a hefty electric bill. Equilume offers some practical and fascinating alternatives.
Equilume Stable Light
The Equilume Stable Light is based on the same idea of leaving your […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the 2020 show season. Horse shows have been canceled and postponed, and your show schedule is probably still uncertain. The entire season doesn’t have to be a loss, though. Use these four strategies to make the most of the show season, even if it’s not quite as you’d planned it.
You may have already planned out your entire show season, only to be slowly checking canceled shows off of your list. If you want to make the most of this season, start by reminding yourself to […]
When you need to hire barn help, do you find yourself dreading the task? Finding good barn help is a notoriously difficult task, so it makes sense that you aren’t looking forward to the process. But finding good help doesn’t always have to be a struggle. Consider how these tips can help to make the hiring process easier, so you find the quality help you need to keep your barn running at its best.
Find Ways to Offer Perks
Before you advertise your job, think about how you can make it appealing to those quality workers […]
Between spring cleaning, fresh hay in your barn, and the allergens in the air, prioritizing your horse’s respiratory health becomes more important than other. Whether you have a horse with known respiratory issues or want to simply keep all of your horses healthy, these tips can help.
Focus on providing plenty of ventilation within your barn. You can do this in multiple ways. Opening up all of your windows and doors can create cross-breezes, and using barn fans, if you have them, can help to generate airflow.
If you don’t yet have open […]
Over the winter, your horse blankets become caked in mud and hair, and they develop a scent that’s pretty powerful by the spring. As weather improves and your horses no longer need blankets, it’s time to clean them, which means you have a big chore ahead of you. The following tips can help you to clean your blankets while also preserving their life.
Consider a Professional
There are many professional blanket washing services, and there are definite advantages to using these services. You can save significant time and hassle, especially if you have multiple horses with […]
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread through the country, chances are you’re facing some challenges in managing your barn that you’ve never encountered before. Some states have gone into lockdowns, requiring all non-essential businesses to close, while others are still fully operational. In this uncertain time, how do you ensure that your horses receive the care they need while keeping yourself, your barn staff, and your boarders safe? These tips can help.
Stay Up to Date with Your State’s News
Because states are in different phases of restrictions and lockdowns, it’s […]
You may have a spring cleaning to-do list for your barn, but how much attention are you giving your horse pastures? A spring pasture maintenance plan can help to keep those pastures in good condition year-round, and that can help to keep your horses safe. When it comes to maintaining your pastures this spring, make sure that these five tips are on your to-do list.
Check and Maintain Fences
Start your pasture maintenance with a careful check of all of your fencing. Walk your fences and inspect them for damaged areas, loose posts, and other […]