While we’re firm believers in the fact that you can never have too many horses, keeping multiple horses fit all at the same time can sometimes be a challenge. We’ve come up with some great tips to help you save time while keeping your horses conditioned and exercised.
Covid seemed to put a damper on all things "social". But depending on where you live, it may be time to start thinking about show season again. To get you and your horse in shape for the discipline you choose, consider going to a clinic this year. Clinics are great ways to learn for under skilled trainers and riders, but riding in your first clinic can be a bit intimidating. Planning ahead of time can ensure that you and your horse are ready to go on the day of the clinic.
There are typically three parts to what’s under your barn – the foundation, the footings and the flooring. Foundation and footings are what hold your barn up, keep it from shifting in cold and heat, and provide the stability to keep it from moving in high winds. Those decisions are best left to the professionals. An Extension Service engineer can take a look at your proposed building, the site and the soils and advise you on the proper footing depth and wall sizes. You may want to hire a professional to pour the concrete walls or floors, especially when working with floors with drains or plumbing.
One of your toughest (but most fun) decisions when building your barn will be choosing your barn style. There are many to choose from and each style will have modifications. Things to consider are the style’s suitability to your climate, the function or “flow” of your horse work and, of course, your budget. The amount of time you can wait for a new barn is also a factor. A modular barn can be erected in a few days, while a pole barn can take months.
We can only hope the worst of winter is behind us. Two weeks of ice and snow stormed through a large chunk of the U.S. causing dangerous road conditions, power outages, and extremely low temperatures. Now, there seems to be a wave of fresh air, sunny skies and spring like temps. While you can, start evaluating your barn for any winter damage.- The sooner, the better!
We all know how sensitive equine digestive systems are. It’s important that we only put quality feed into our horses, and that all begins with how we store the feed once it enters our barns. Take a look at these tips to make sure you’re doing things right when it comes to storing horse feed!
If you are lucky enough to be getting a tax return from the government this year, consider investing at least some of that money into upgrading your barn. As we’ve said before, you don’t have to do a major overhaul all at one time to get your dream barn. Start with something small that can make a big impact on your barn’s look and/or functionality.
As the cold weather drags on, it tends to feel like the end of winter is nowhere in sight. Groundhog Day was in fact yesterday February 2nd and whether you believe it or not, Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog indeed saw his shadow and predicts 6 more weeks of winter! Here is a list of things to do to get you through the rest of winter.
With the cold, wet weather and darker days, it becomes more difficult to get yourself to the barn and into the saddle. Finding that initial motivation to go ride can be a real challenge, so here are some tips to get yourself to the barn.
We look forward to answering your questions. Our sales team is knowledgeable about everything from horse barn design to equine stall systems and readily available to assist you in planning your Classic barn!