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 […]
Your horse spends a large amount of his time in his stall, and anytime you put a horse in an enclosed space, there’s potential for him to get injured. Poorly designed stalls can lead to plenty of accidents, but many of these risks can be prevented through careful stall design and construction. Read on for details on how we recommend Equine Facility Design clients build their stalls for maximized safety.
Plan for Generously Sized Stalls
Starting with the right stall size can help to prevent casting, and can also keep your horses more comfortable. Stall size depends […]
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 […]