The four letter word that brings fear to everyone, but hits especially hard to horse owners on rural farm property.

The smell of smoke in the dog days of summer is so out of place and unexpected that you question your nose and doubt the olfactory glands that are shooting adrenalin throughout your neurological system: FIRE!

Quickly, you instinctively move towards the closest window, pressing flesh against window screen, breathing deeply through your nose to convince yourself you really aren’t smelling smoke on this breezy summer morning. Not trusting just one of your five senses, your eyes […]

Ode to My Barn Swallows

1:35 am

I had the most joyous of experiences last night, as I was cleaning stalls. 

The barn swallows were putting on a show above the paddocks and pasture as the sun was setting.  There must have been over fifty of them, swooping and soaring as they put on a show, it seemed, just for me.  I found myself laughing out loud and clapping.  I had to reach for the fence to keep my balance as my head tipped back to watch their wild flight.

Oh, how I love my swallows.  I start looking forward to their arrival every year […]

Horses for Sale (and other things)

7:25 pm

According to IBISWorld, a leading market research company, a “return to disposable income will boost spending on race- and recreational horses” as well as on equine products in general in 2012.

IBISWorld predicts after a negative 2.7% growth from 2006-2011, we’re poised for growth from the end of 2011 through 2016. And by some significant margins.

Profits on $1.6 billion in revenue should be around $82.2 million for more than 106,000 businesses in this sector. The recovery over this period is expected to get an initial bump in 2012, with revenue projected […]

Record Courier Recognizes Trilogy Barn & Stable

6:17 am

There was a nice piece in the Gardnerville, NV, Record Courier noting the formation of our company, Trilogy Barn and Stable Company.

The new company is a partnership between Innovative Equine Systems of Minden, NV, and Equine Facility Design of Oregon City.

The concept is to provide a one-stop solution for those who seek an attractive, horse-friendly and efficient design with quality products for their horse stables and barns at reasonable prices […]

Riding Arenas: Best Practices

10:13 pm

This time of the year, the best option in many parts of the U.S. for training, exercising, and generally spending time with your beloved equine is to head for the indoor arena. (In the southern hemisphere, it’s summer!)

To remain on good terms with our horse-riding community, let’s review the rules of etiquette for any horse riding arena that is big enough to handle multiple riders at once.

Always remember that the first rule is to follow any posted rules.

What time to ride

Any large arena frequently used for multiple riders […]

Jimmy, Put the Horses in the Barn … er … Stable

3:19 am

If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.”
-Sir Walter Scott

The stable wears out a horse more than the road.”
-French Proverb

Aside from amusing us, the quotes above actually tell us something about the difference between a barn and a stable. The essential difference revealed is that stables are for horses (and other domestic animals) and barns are for actors.

Ok, not really for actors. But clearly the idea is that barns are considered multi-purpose structures and stables are for horses. You […]

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