A. Some horses are very food-oriented, to the point of becoming disruptive while waiting for their next meal. One way to solve this problem is to always have food available for the horse and the easiest way to do that is to leave a hay net hanging in their stalls. You see this at most racetracks to keep Thoroughbreds calm and busy between running. Hay nets come with different size holes – choosing one with smaller holes will not only make your horse work harder to get the hay but also keep him busier for a longer period of time.
If you ever thought about sprucing up your barn with some landscaping, now is a great time to start! The weather is cool, but not cold and there’s enough rain in the forecast to give your plants plenty of moisture but not too much. And most garden centers have a wide variety of options right now. But before you begin buying plants, consider a few things first:
Horse owners want the very best for their horse and are very critical when deciding to move their horse somewhere new. One way a horse owner can decide which barn is best for them is to make a list of the “must haves” and compare boarding facilities based on these items.
Even if your horse has been trailered countless times, your first time trailering him alone and by yourself might be a challenge for both of you. Take a moment to see if you are both ready by knowing the answers to these questions.
Just as important as the footing your horse rides on so is what your horse stands on in his stall. While stall mats are a great option to cushion your horse’s legs after a hard long workout or long term confinement, the next step up in quality care is a stall mattress.
The flooring in your barn is what you and your horse will be standing and walking on. It’s important to pick the right flooring for both your horse and your budget. There are several flooring options available to you, but regardless of what you pick always remember to install your electric and water lines before choosing your flooring.
When you're designing your barn, much of your focus is probably on the barn’s first floor.Positioning the horse stalls, tack room, feed room, and other barn components is important, and will factor into your day-to-day use of the barn. However, some barn owners like the ease of feeding by using a hayloft, but overlook the importance of designing the hayloft with the same attention to detail. Proper hayloft design can make feeding hay easier and can make the hayloft more functional. Consider the following tips when planning out your barn’s hayloft!
Spring is finally here! For riders, spring means many things – some of them good, some of them not so great. Here are some of the things that we love – and hate – about spring!
Sorry East Coast, but Spring really IS coming. And when it finally arrives – and stays– your horse will be more than ready for some turnout with lots of room to run. But before you let him go, don't forget to ensure his safety by checking the “3 F’s”.
Have you ever thought about taking a trip to Lexington, Kentucky? The Horse Capital of the World, has tons of things for horse lovers to do. Here are just a few reasons why you should plan your next trip to Lexington.