Unfortunately, summer is a prime time for thefts of tack, tools and even machinery around barns. You can help deter would-be thieves with simple amenities from Classic Equine Equipment like lights, doors and gates.
There are some topics on horse safety that we feel are important enough to bring up every year. Fire survival is one of those topics. As horse owners, we should all know how to keep a fire from starting at our barn.
Hard work and a great horse aren’t the only requirements to make it as a top level rider on the world equestrian stage. You need financial support as well. The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation helps selected athletes achieve their goals by providing resources for the training, coaching, travel, competition and educational needs of athletes and horses in partnership with United States Equestrian (https://www.uset.org), the USA’s equestrian governing body for horse sports.
An equine architect can help translate your barn ideas or plan into reality. Typically, an architect is a person trained and licensed to plan, design, and oversee the construction of buildings and the space within the site surrounding. In the architectural profession; technical knowledge, management, and an understanding of business are just as important as the knowledge of design.
For those looking for an inexpensive horse, an Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) can be a diamond in the rough for someone with the patience and understanding to train one. Thoroughbreds are tremendously versatile and can excel at many disciplines. Most people think about "repurposing” them into eventers, hunters or jumpers, but they can also make great dressage mounts, polo ponies, trail horses and ranch horses. The key is finding the horse with the right aptitude, attitude and body type for the desired new discipline.
Before you start planning out your horse barn, it’s important to make sure that the property you will be building on has enough acreage to successfully support the barn’s daily operations. When housing horses, how much land is too little, and how much is just enough? Consider these points before building your barn.
Is your barn free of areas and items that could cause harm or injury to a horse, owner or rider? Take a few minutes and do a “safety inspection” based on the suggested areas below.
If you would like to make your barn more eco-friendly, here are some ideas about Classic Equine Equipment products that can help you can accomplish this:
Western Dressage grew out of the concerns of top Western trainers in the training of horses to make suitable mounts. They had seen what the concepts of cadence, balance, and carriage from classical dressage had done for the English sports and wanted to incorporate them to help Western riders bring out the best in their horses. The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) was formed to help codify these principles, establish an educational program and develop a method of testing.
Being a horse owner means sometimes being a "first responder" when a horse looks ill or appears injured. Recognizing these 5 common barn emergencies can help you prevent your horse from being one of the “walking wounded.”