Whether you are building a new barn or redesigning your current barn, adding technology components can make your barn safer and your work more convenient. Consider adding these types of technology to your barn this year.
If you have a large barn, you might want to consider installing an intercom system. An intercom can be useful for quickly reaching anyone in the barn with important messages. From asking grooms to bring out certain horses to reminding students that their lesson starts shortly, a barn intercom spreads information quickly and efficiently no matter how large your barn is!
Video surveillance is one of the most important technological investments that you should consider installing in your barn. Video surveillance can help to deter thieves, and may even reduce the cost of your property and business insurance. If you’re operating a boarding or training operation, the fact that your barn has video surveillance can be a reassurance to owners.
Stall video surveillance is another option. Can't remember if you blanketed that last horse? Check via video. Anticipating a new foal? A video can keep an eye on the process until it's time. Worrying that your horse may colic? Use a video to watch him through the night.
Hardwired Fire Alarm
If you’re not already planning to install a hardwired fire alarm in your barn, you should. The risk of fire in barns is significant, and you should absolutely invest in a quality fire alarm system. Additionally, contact your local fire department and find out if it’s possible to wire your fire alarm so that it sounds directly in the fire station itself. This feature can save valuable time in the event that a barn fire does break out.
Consider installing a stereo system in the viewing room so that anyone observing a lesson or training session in your indoor arena can hear the instructor’s comments. As long as the instructor uses a microphone, installing speakers in the viewing room can be a useful tool which allows everyone to clearly hear the session.
Many people enjoy riding to music. A stereo system for the arena can allow for dressage freestyle competitions. It is also useful if you are going to be holding shows at your facility.
Tack Room Alarm
Installing an alarm in your tack room is an excellent way to deter thieves. An alarm system offers your tack valuable protection, and provides you and any other horse owners with peace of mind each night. Installing a keyed alarm means that you can give the code to anyone who needs to access the tack room. With tack being one of the easier (and more valuable) items in a barn to steal and resell, the value of a tack room alarm can’t be overlooked.
Making sure your horse has food throughout the day can sometimes be difficult. Using automatic feeders can insure your horse always has something to nibble on throughout the day.
Installing wi-fi at your barn is a great option to keep your boarders happy. Once they are done riding, they can keep up to date on emails and social media.
Technology products keep getting better and better while the prices keep dropping. You CAN afford to add technology to your barn!