Equus: Life as Art

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Meeting Jeffrey Terreson in the wonderful Cutter & Cutter Art Gallery in St. Augustine, Florida this year was an amazing moment for me.

I’m a horse person and he paints the most beautiful images of equines I’ve ever seen. But a more amazing story is how Jeffrey got there.

Jeffrey has been an artist all his life. Like many artists, a devotion to art means years of struggle but he never gave up. “I’m 55 and I’m still friends with this remarkable teacher I had in high school, Harold Witherspoon. He’s the one […]

To Tree or Not to Tree

That really is the question when you’re pasturing horses. Do you plant trees for shade for your horses and if so, what kind?

The typical bucolic scene of a horse farm is expected to include ancient giants their bending leafy branches toward the ground and your equine friends grazing happily beneath. It’s a lovely idea. Let’s look at the reality.

Trees can actually become a hazard to your horses in the pasture. If you live in an area with frequent thunderstorms with lightning that reaches the ground (which it often does), you don’t want […]

Horse Barn Interiors: A New Way to Care

You probably already know that bamboo now comes in many gorgeous forms that you can use in flooring, paneling, and other applications. You might also know that this versatile wood is a sustainable, renewable resource.

Did you know that it’s good for your horses? Not for food—for finish material in the barn.

Although panda’s eat bamboo, it would be hard for your horses to digest because it’s so woody. But we’re talking about surrounding your horses with finished bamboo in the stall. Take a look:

We loved this idea so much we started […]

The Dish on Dirt

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What you put your equestrian barn or riding arena ON is as important as where you decide to put it.

The variables involved in evaluating the appropriateness of the site you’ve chosen are well understood and it’s mostly a matter of going through the process.

Structure of the soil

It may seem odd to talk about the structure of soil but what we mean, put very simplistically, is how much space there is between the granules that make up the soil and how those granules clump together. We want to know this because it […]

Riding Arenas: Getting Your Footing

I’ll bet we’re not the only horse enthusiasts who find the biom echanics and forces of horse movement fascinating.

Some of the people who study such things are the people who develop footing for riding arenas.

What is Footing?

Footing is the term we use for the surface laid down for horses to move on during exercise or horse-riding events.

Competition to be the company that supplies footing for high-visibility equine events is fierce. This benefits all of us who love our horses because it means the development of better and better […]

ArenaSlide – Riding Arena Window

Can you imagine your riding arena with this beautiful sliding window?

You could almost feel like Zorro (or at least like Antonio Banderas) riding in and out of the Lair of the Fox.

Only Zorro didn’t actually have a door this cool.

And this is not a door.

This sliding window is an alternative to shutters or garage doors to provide ventilation and daylight in your arena. I have to say that we’re pretty proud of the new window, created with our friends at Real Carriage Doors. Take a look […]

The Riding Arena: Year-Around Equine Enjoyment

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We’re going to talk a lot about arenas in the coming months. We love to use them, we love to design them, and there’s more to use and design than meets the eye.

Riding Arena Utility

A covered riding arena immediately opens up your equestrian activities, whether they be dressage, jumping, or just exercise and fun, as something to be enjoyed throughout the year, rather than only in the summer months when the sun is shining.

It’s also much harder to come up with excuses to not spend time with your horse if […]

Design the Stable for You & Your Horse

The design of a stable can have a huge impact on your horse’s health.

Horses can injure themselves in ways you’d never think of while in what seems like the relative safety of their stalls. And you can actually injure yourself in a poorly designed barn and stable.

There are solutions.

How many times have you visualized your dream stable? Have you even drawn it? Discussed it with an architect? Many of our clients have. The process then becomes getting that dream onto paper so we can engineer and construct it for you.

If you have […]