Winter can seem all too long for horse owners, especially when you’re ready for show season and not a huge fan of riding in the cold. If you’re feeling the winter barn blues, these activities can help you to make it through to spring.
Attend an Online Clinic
More and more clinics are now available online. Consider auditing an online clinic with a trainer you haven’t worked with before. You can also find online clinics by sports psychologists and judges. You’ll be working on your show prep while learning something new, and you don […]
Are you still working on your New Year’s resolutions? If so, we have some ideas to help you out. These resolutions can make you a better barn manager, helping to maximize your horses’ health and safety, too.
Update Your Deworming Plan
If you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to start deworming your horses according to fecal egg count results. Talk with your vet about the most appropriate time to do these tests and the dewormers that are right for your horses.
While you’re at it, make sure that your manure management plan […]
When planning your dream barn, you might also be thinking about a barn apartment. Barn apartments can serve many purposes, including providing housing for caretakers, serving as a study or recreational space, or acting as a sort of guest house for visitors. Just like planning your barn, the more thought you can put into the apartment, the better your results will be. Here are some points to consider as you plan out your apartment.
Depending on your barn’s purpose and layout, how you access the apartment can be important. An apartment accessed through the barn’s […]
Your vet is an essential partner in keeping your horse healthy, and choosing the right vet can be a challenging decision, especially when you have lots of options. This is a choice you need to make carefully. If you’re looking for a new vet, consider these factors when making your decision.
Weigh the Benefits of Independent Vets Against Big Practices
One of the first decisions you’ll face is whether to go with a vet who practices independently, or whether a larger multi-vet practice might be right for you. Both options have their advantages.
Vets who […]
When designing an equine facility that will offer boarding, training, and lessons, your indoor riding arena and barn lounge or viewing room become hubs of activity. They’re also important elements that can help to attract new clients, and they’ll see significant daily use, too. Your barn lounge serves many purposes, from a gathering place to a room where clients can warm up on cold winter days. When designing your lounge, consider these elements to create a space that’s functional, welcoming, and that appeals to your clients.
Consider the Lounge’s Uses
In most cases, your […]
After years of riding and competing with your horse, he may arrive at a point where it’s time for him to retire. With retirement facilities few and far between, many horse owners decide to retire their horses at home. If you’ve decided that retiring your horse at home is right for you, then carefully planning out your facilities can contribute to your senior horse’s safety, well-being, and health. Consider the following tips when planning out your barn and pastures.
With issues like arthritis affecting an older horse’s ability to lie down […]
Running a boarding barn business is full of challenges, including financial ones. If your barn isn’t bringing in the revenue that you need to stay profitable, there are plenty of ways that you can change that. These five tips can boost your barn’s profitability without requiring any substantial changes to your business model.
Raise Your Rates
One of the simplest and fastest ways to increase your boarding barn’s revenue is to raise your rates, but this needs to be done carefully. It’s a good idea to get into the practice of evaluating your expenses […]
The horse world gives us a lot. It’s a source of entertainment, enjoyment, competition, and even financial income. But for all that the horse world gives you, how much do you give back? Consider the following ways that you can help to support charities, horses in need, and even young riders.
Adopt a Rescue Horse
If you have an empty stall in your barn, you might want to adopt a rescue horse. Adopting a horse from a reputable rescue will make a difference not only in that horse’s life, but also in the life of the […]