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 […]
Having a well-stocked first aid kit in your barn can leave you better prepared to deal with equine injuries and illnesses. While the standard essentials like gauze pads and a thermometer are always helpful, in some situations, some more unusual items may be the key to giving your horse the care he needs. If it’s time to refresh your first aid kit, consider adding these less common items to it so that you’re well-prepared for any equine health emergency.
Bicycle Inner Tube
In an emergency, you can cut a bicycle inner tube in half […]
If you have extra stalls in your barn, or if you’re thinking of building a new barn, you might be considering starting a boarding barn business. This can be an exciting business opportunity, but it’s also important to make sure that this is the right decision for you. If you’re thinking of starting a boarding barn, consider the following factors when making your decision.
Income and Additional Services
Boarding businesses aren’t traditionally highly profitable operations on their own. While it’s possible to make a profit off of a boarding-only operation, venturing into […]
The time for spring cleaning is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start working on your feed room now. A clean feed room is also a safer feed room, and if your barn’s in need of a good cleaning, this is the perfect place to start. These five tips can help you to gain some space and some organization in this important room.
Start By Throwing Out Old Feed
A good cleaning needs to start with throwing out any old or expired feed. Take some time to check all of your […]
With it still being early in the New Year, are you thinking about ways to expand your boarding barn business this year? If business has been thriving, it may be time to take on additional boarders, expand your service offerings, or otherwise build your business and increase its profitability. The following strategies can help you break down the task of expanding your business into more manageable steps.
Update Your Business Plan
When expanding your boarding barn business, chances are that you’ll want to bring on additional boarders. But before you start marketing and expanding, update your business […]
How do you celebrate Christmas in your barn? From decorating to hosting special events for your friends, family, and boarders, the holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate with your horses right alongside. Here are just a few ways you can incorporate the holidays into your barn.
Start With Great Decorating
To get your barn in the Christmas spirit, start by decorating it so that it looks great. Christmas garlands, stockings, a Christmas tree, and some lights will instantly make your barn look festive. Want to go all-out? Wrap a wall or wrap some wall hangings […]
Winter makes caring for horses more challenging, and one of those biggest challenges is the mud and ice that the weather can bring. A slip on ice can be dangerous to both horses and humans, and mud also takes a toll on your horse’s health, affecting his hooves and potentially leading to scratches. Luckily, there are many ways that you can manage winter mud and ice around your horse farm.
Implement Paddock Drainage
The key to managing winter mud and ice is getting ahead of the issue, so before winter hits, implement paddock drainage solutions so that […]
Riding clinics are valuable tools in learning to better ride, compete with, and train your horse. Clinics give you a chance to receive instruction from a trainer that you might not otherwise have access to, and riding in a clinic can open up opportunities and training advancements. But clinics are expensive and can require travel and time, so your chances to ride in them may be limited. When you do get to ride in a clinic, use these tips to get the most out of the experience.
Choose Your Clinician Strategically
Clinics are valuable learning opportunities, but only […]