Depending on the part of the country in which you live – you may be starting to consider the blanketing process for your horse - especially at night. Horses can actually do quite well without a blanket in even the most harsh winter storms. Their coat fluffs up like a down blanket and can provide extra warmth and insulation. But before you decide if its time to break out the blanket, here are some things you’ll want to consider:
Many, especially around Halloween, have heard the tale of “The Headless Horseman” and his rides into Sleepy Hollow. But the original story from which it was derived is actually much scarier – and much more gruesome. So read on about “The Dullahan” of Ireland – if you dare…..
A sustainable pasture depends on proper management of both the fertility needs of the soil and good management of grazing animals. Management decisions made at this time can have a strong effect on the plant’s ability to overwinter, which then determines when new growth begins in the spring and how much total growth will be produced over the entire season.
Chances are that your hay bill is one of your highest bills in caring for your horse. The last thing that anyone wants to do is to waste hay, especially when the cost of hay is so high. Luckily for you, we’ve got some great tips to minimize hay wastage in your barn.
Bad weather and busy schedules can sometimes prevent you from exercising your horse or turning him out. This can sometimes cause high levels of stress for horses. Stress can cause issues such as ulcers, but it can also create an unhappy horse. If you want to minimize the boredom and resulting stress in your horse’s life, consider the following ideas:
One of the major decisions that you will face when building or expanding your barn is selecting what style of horse stall you want. While there is plenty of variety between stall designs, stall doors come in just two styles – sliding and hinged. Unsure of which type of door is right for you? Here’s some information that might help in your decision!
Trail riding this time of year is a treat for both you and your horse. Cooler temps and beautiful fall colors, followed by a winter wonderland. But don’t take for granted that your “bombproof” horse will stay bombproof. Consider taking these steps for a safer trail ride.
Pastern dermatitis, often known as scratches, is a common problem of inflammation of the skin behind or around the pastern of the horse. In most cases, the infection is caused by bacteria or fungus that entering through any openings in the skin – small wounds, cracks or even chapping. The most common signs of scratches are scabs and crusting around the pasterns. There may also be a clear liquid substance leaking from the area.
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!