Weather vanes, also known as weathervanes, wind vanes, or weather cocks, have been used for centuries to indicate the direction of the wind. Mounted as a fixture on barns and other buildings, weather vanes are practical tools that help farmers and ranchers make decisions about planting, harvesting, and other agricultural activities. As they gained popularity, these simple yet elegant devices became valuable decorative instruments that can add a classic and elegant touch to a building or facility. If you’re looking to add a weather vane to your barn or stable, there are a few things to consider before making […]
Horse Kicks – Designer Shoes for Your Horse
With holiday shopping season officially underway, why not splurge on a new pair of matching sneakers for you and your horse?
It is finally happening – horses can now wear designer shoes! Although hoof boots have been around for a while, the new designer kicks on the market are designed by hand and custom made for each horse to fit any breed and discipline.
The mastermind behind this new concept is Marcus Floyd, a Lexington (Kentucky) based shoe designer and pioneer in this new genre of footwear. Floyd studied at the Shoe Surgeon’s SRGM Academy, where he learned the art […]
Straw Bale Construction – The Right Fit for Your Barn?
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 Impact of Supply Chain and Logistics Challenges on Equine Architecture Projects
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 […]
How to Include a Chicken Coop in Your Barn
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 […]
Using 5S Methodology to Organize Your Tack Room
By now you have probably heard of world-renowned organization expert and Netflix sensation, Marie Kondo, and her approach to home tidying and decluttering. But did you know that this system can also be used to organize your tack room? Kondo’s popular methodology is largely based on the 5S process for lean manufacturing, a universally recognized approach to keeping a clean and orderly environment to improve efficiency and reduce risks of mistakes and accidents. The ‘5S’ stand for 5 Japanese words, each representing steps that can be undertaken to achieve your ideal functional tack room and make the best […]
Building your own Paddock Paradise – Advantages and Considerations
What is ‘Paddock Paradise’?
The concept of Paddock Paradise was first introduced in Jaime Jackson’s book “Paddock Paradise, A Guide to Natural Horse Boarding” in 2007. For many years, the author observed US feral horses in their natural habitat and studied their movements as well as the interaction with their surroundings. Over time, he noticed that free-roaming horses move about and follow familiar paths, referred to as “tracks”. Jaime sought to apply this concept to domestic horses, creating a system that would allow them to freely move along pathways within a fenced paddock, mimicking the natural […]
Wild Turkey Farm – an Equine Facility Design Project
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 […]