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 […]
Whether you’re building a new equestrian property or are purchasing existing property, you may need to find some ways to establish privacy. Barns and stables seem to naturally pique neighbors’ attention, and you may find that neighbors or passers-by start to wander down your driveway to greet the horses or see the barn. If you’re running a professional boarding barn, this comes with the territory, but if your property is private, these occurrences can become annoying and invasive.
Luckily, you can make some simple changes to discourage people from wandering onto the property, regaining your privacy in […]
With spring upon us, it’ll be time to wash off muddy legs and prepare horses for show season. A wash stall or wash bay in your barn can make bathing easier and faster, but a poorly designed wash stall can cause problems and even be a safety issue. If you’re thinking of building a wash stall or wash bay in your barn, these tips can help you to design a wash area that you will love.
It’s best to plan your wash stall location when you initially plan your entire barn’s layout […]
When you plan out and build your dream barn, it’s important to also think about how the barn will work on a day-to-day basis. When you’re caring for your horses or tacking up to go for a ride, saving even just a few minutes of time here and there can allow you to get more done while sticking to a schedule. These five barn design choices can save you time on chores so you’re able to spend more time in the saddle.
Strategically positioning your barn so that it’s […]
A new year means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions – and what better resolution is there than to finally bring your dream barn to life? If you’re ready to build the stable, farm, or equestrian property of your dreams, these five tips can help you along the way.
Make a Wish List
Before you start, sit down and get all of your ideas on paper. Make sketches, lists of features you want – anything that can keep your thoughts organized. If you have photos of barns that you like, include those too. All of this information […]
It can be difficult to keep your horse in work through the winter with the unpredictable weather and the shorter daylight hours. But if your arena footing starts freezing, then it can prevent you from being able to work your horse at all, no matter how determined you are. These tips can help you to prevent your arena footing from freezing so you can continue to work and even get a jump on next year’s show season.
Start with a Quality Arena
If you’re building a facility, then you really need to invest in a quality […]
Are your pastures developing bare spots where horses are grazing the grass down so short it dies? When grass is grazed too much – below about 3 inches in height – it loses its nutritional quality, and even begins to die. Rotational grazing can help to prevent this, preserving and even improving the quality of your pastures.
How Rotational Grazing Can Help
When you implement rotational grazing, you are creating a system by which you rotate the areas in your pasture that your horses can access. By keeping horses off of particular areas, you allow the grass to grow back […]
There’s a lot to consider when you build a barn and equine facility. Unfortunately, one of those factors that needs to be on your mind is the potential for theft. Each year horses and tack are stolen, but a few changes in how you build your stable can reduce the risk of theft. Consider these tips as you plan your equine facility.
Locate Your Barn Toward the Back of the Property
When you’re building a horse farm from scratch, you have the advantage of being able to lay out the property in whatever orientation you want […]