Leasing a horse is an ideal way to see if you want the responsibility of owning your own horse. You will have the benefits of riding the horse and bonding with it while also taking on the responsibilities that come with it. Too often people are quick to buy a horse and then realize it’s too much work. Sometimes the horse suffers from neglect when the owner becomes too busy or quickly sells the horse to an owner of even lesser interest.
Knowing your horses normal behavior when he is feeling good will help you to better realize when he may be feeling sick or not normal. Every horse owner needs to know what is “normal” for their horse. Being able to report these behaviors to your veterinarian when you contact him can help evaluate whether a visit is necessary and/or how quickly your horse needs to be seen.
While stall mats are great to use as the base layer in your horse’s stall for comfort, stall mats can also be used in several “non-traditional” ways to make your barn safer, cleaner and more user-friendly. Consider these alternate uses in and around the barn as well as other areas where you can use Classic Equine Equipment’s versatile and durable stall mats:
Thinking of remodeling or building a new barn? One of your big decisions (and biggest expense) may be the type of wood you use. There are several types of wood available and it can be daunting to figure out which one to use. The general answer? It depends on what’s most available in your area as well as your area’s weather conditions. Heavy snows may require one type of wood while areas with insect issues might be best with another. Whatever you choose, if you’re building your walls with wood, use pressure treated wood whenever it’s in contact with earth or steel. However, keep in mind pressure-treated wood should never be placed where horses are in close contact.
Horses, like most prey animals, have their eyes positioned on both sides of their head. This is so they can have a wide field of vision to watch for approaching predators. Horses have “monocular” vision, meaning that each eye sees things differently and independently. This benefits the prey animal as it allows him to watch his herd with one eye while watching behind him to see if anything is coming after him with the other eye.
Since 1992 Classic Equine Equipment has been an industry leader in horse stalls and stable equipment. All the company’s steel products are made in Classic’s hometown of Fredericktown, MO. This ensures complete control over the quality of the process from the beginning to the end result.
The 4th of July holiday is a wonderful opportunity to remember all the great things of America. This holiday is celebrated nationwide with parades, speeches, picnics – and fireworks. Some horses are literally “bombproof” around loud noises, but others can become stressed. Here are some ideas on how to help your horse cope.
Your child wants to learn to ride a horse. Great! Your first task is to find a riding instructor who is a great fit for your child. This can sometimes be a challenge because not every child and every instructor will necessarily be a perfect match. The following tips can help you get started.
Heat stress and heat stroke are extremely dangerous conditions for your horse. Often seen in the summer months or areas where the humidity is high. Heat problems can occur in sports such as eventing, jumping, combined driving or other strenuous activities, Heat problems can also occur simply when riding an unfit horse at your own barn when you push him too hard or he has to stand in a poorly ventilated trailer for too long.
Your eyes meet across the barn aisle. Your heart beats a little faster. “There’s the one I’ve been looking for, " you think. And, suddenly, you’re in love. But before you ride off happily together into the sunset, consider a pre-purchase exam.
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!