With digital transformation revolutionizing nearly every industry, it is only a matter of time before new technologies become part of our day-to-day in facilitating barn management activities. Some of the latest technological advances will help improve your barn operations so you can spend less time on chores and administration, and more time with your horses.
Smart Barn Technologies (App):
If you are familiar with the “Smart Home” concept, you will love the Smart Barn app. Managing your barn has never been easier, as this app uses smart technologies and devices to help barn managers operate different […]
Twenty years ago, Equine Facility Design started a new ambitious journey with a client to plan, design and build a new home for Wild Turkey Farm, a luxurious equine breeding and training facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. Initially bought in 2001 by Barb Ellison, the long-time horse breeder worked closely with EFD to renovate this Willamette River waterfront property for nearly 10 years. The project was completed in 2009, and with it came the promise of a successful elite breeding center. Today, this impressive 215-acre equestrian estate is preparing to change ownership and has recently been listed on Christie […]
Horses have been a source of inspiration and appeared in art works since the early days of humankind. From the prehistoric Lascaux cave paintings in France, to today’s equine-inspired architectural designs, the beauty, shape, and majesty of horses continue to inspire artists around the world. Today, we will be exploring the works of two contemporary equine artists in North America.
George Gospodinov: Equine Painter (Acrylic on Canvas)
George Gospodinov, a US-based equine artist who paints with acrylic on canvas, has been fascinated by the movements and elegance of horses since his early childhood.
George grew […]
Mental Health and Equine- Assisted Therapy (E.A.T) in the Covid-19 era:
Following our previous blog post on the ‘Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy’, we thought it might be interesting to revisit this topic in the context of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Mental Health has been at the forefront of many discussions this past year, while anxiety and depression have skyrocketed as a result of prolonged isolation, grief, and loss. As we continue to recognize the benefits of outdoors activities and contact with animals on our mental health, adequate funding for large-scale scientific studies […]
When you think of Western movies, your mind may not immediately go to Philadelphia as a staple of cowboy culture. Yet, the urban riders of North Philadelphia have been an integral part of cowboy culture and its heritage for over a century.
The 2020 movie “Concrete Cowboys”, directed by Ricky Staub, tells the story of Cole (portrayed by Caleb McLaughlin), a teenager with a turbulent past sent to live with his estranged father (Idris Elba), a prominent member of the Urban Black Cowboys community in Philadelphia. Reluctant at first, Cole is gradually pulled into the Fletcher Street Riders tight-knit […]
Imagine sipping a glass of fine Sherry wine while riding a beautiful Andalusian stallion and witnessing a parade with some of the most stunning horses in the world, right under the palm trees and sunshine of Andalusia. This is what you can expect at The Feria de Jerez, also known as “Feria del Caballo” (Jerez Horse Fair), a colorful event that would take any horse lover’s breath away.
After being canceled due to the pandemic in 2020 for the first time since the 1938 Spanish Civil War, the Jerez Horse Fair is back on this year- and while ongoing […]
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 […]