Can you imagine a scenario where all the efforts you put into manure management could be used towards a sustainable energy source for your home? In Finland, heat recovery technology from horse manure is gaining momentum in local equine shows and amongst farmers, as some organizations are starting to reap the benefits of an alternative and sustainable energy source that could replace fossil fuels.
Simply put, composting horse manure yields fertilizer and generates heat, and its energy can be converted and used to power homes. In some Finnish farms, a rotary drum composting mechanism equipped with a heat recovery system […]
Positive reinforcement is an ethical training methodology that can help horses that lack self-confidence or willingness to benefit from an exciting learning experience, while building a stronger relationship with their human!
Horses are intelligent and emotional animals that can learn new tricks easily. For each trick, make sure to use repetition, consistency, and reward (positive reinforcement). At the beginning, reward each small step before asking for more, and keep sessions short (between 5-15min) to prevent your horse from losing patience and disengaging. Don’t forget to have fun and take it one step at a time!
The incredibly sad consequence of Russia’s attack on Ukraine has caused a mass exodus of the Ukrainian population – with over 3.7 million people having fled the country in the past few weeks and now seeking refuge abroad. Amid all the horror of this humanitarian crisis, pet owners have struggled to bring their animals with them, and with over 100 000 domestic horses in Ukraine, many horse owners are also faced with extremely difficult decisions. In a remarkable coordinated effort, the international equestrian community is stepping up to help Ukrainians and their horses evacuate and support them through these […]
Straw bale buildings can be an incredible eco-friendly methodology to build a barn structure, storage facility, or personal residence. With the green building movement’s rapid rise, more people are looking at this construction system to bring their dream facility come to life. While it takes a bit of skill and craftmanship, many owners opt for a self-building technique as a relatively inexpensive solution that requires limited assistance from professional construction companies.
We have compiled a few considerations for your straw bale construction project:
A Green, Esthetic Choice:
Straw bale constructions are made of natural materials […]
The covid-19 pandemic has rocked the logistics world to its core and has uncovered many vulnerabilities in the US and global supply chains, impacting nearly every industry. Unfortunately, the equestrian community has not been immune to it. Architecture and barn design projects require collaborating with clients to purchase the best and safest material to make their vision come to life, and sourcing products from first and second tier suppliers overseas is a necessity in our day-to-day activities.
Unfortunately, due to the current covid-19 related shipping delays and logistics challenges in the US, many of Equine Facility […]
Given current global trends and an increased collective consciousness to become more environmentally responsible, many people seek less impactful ways of living. Keeping chickens in your barn and collecting fresh eggs can be a fun and rewarding activity, while contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle. Shown below are a few tips to include a chicken coop in your barn design:
Should You Buy or Build Your Chicken Coop?
If you have decided to keep chickens at your barn, you will need to build an adequate shelter. Chickens are especially vulnerable to predators and adverse weather, therefore finding a […]
Horses have been used as a symbol of power, beauty, and nobility for many centuries. They have been depicted in ancient art forms and have inspired creative souls long before the notion of marketing existed. Today, the horse is considered a staple in various brand marketing strategies and commercials; a trend seen across many industries around the world. From fashion, lifestyle, luxury goods, and even financial services, horses have forged a place in marketing for brands to appeal as trustworthy and powerful allies to their target audience.
The Automobile Industry & Horses:
Some of the most recognizable car […]
Maintaining a clean pasture and keeping the area clear of droppings is an important step in ensuring the wellbeing of your horse. With an average of 15-20 bowel movements per day, generating up to 50lb of manure, cleaning up after your horse can quickly become a labor-intensive activity, making manure management feel like a never-ending clearance chore!
To recognize horses’ poop habits, it is useful to understand their behavior in their natural habitat. In the same way that dogs urinate to mark their territory, stallions in the wild use ‘stud piles’ as ‘elimination marking behavior’. By leaving […]