Recent News for Buildings & Structures


Horse Stable Fire Prevention and Preparation Tips

November 18, 2010

In the back of the mind of every horse, stable, or ranch owner lies the fear of a barn fire, buffered by the hope that he or she is prepared to deal with such a crisis. The San Antonio Saddle Horse Association offered a fire preventiion and safety...... Read More


Ammonia: Out Of My Barn!

October 01, 2010

Ammonia buildup can affect a horse's respiratory health and performance, but it is preventable.... Read More


Fall Brings Ritual of Hay Buying for Horses

September 30, 2010

Fall weather brings with it the seasonal chore of buying and storing hay for the winter.... Read More


The Top Ten 'Green' Tasks Horse Owners Should Do Before Winter

September 29, 2010

Winterizing barns, harrowing pastures, draining hoses, and water tanks, and cleaning and properly storing show tack and other summer horse equipment are among the top things horse owners can do to prepare for winter. "Taking car... Read More


Respiration (in Horses) Through the Ages

September 01, 2010

Experts advise: When it comes to respiratory illness in horses, save the gambling for Vegas. Be aware of the major respiratory diseases that horses are susceptible to (commonly, heaves, Rhodococcus equi, and equine herpesvirus) and use preventive ... Read More


Farm Safety Tips

September 01, 2010

How do you create the safest possible environment for your horses? ... Read More


Texas Barn Fire Probe Continues

August 19, 2010

Fire officials in Allen, Texas, are investigating the cause of a barn fire that claimed the lives of more than 20 horses earlier this month. Allen Fire Department Fire Marshal and Asst. Chief Craig Gillis said the fire in the 7,200- ... Read More


Hot Barns in the Summer: Readers Share Cooling Tips

July 27, 2010

More than 550 readers of responded to a poll asking, "How do you keep your barn cool during the summer?" ... Read More


Disinfecting a Rented Stall

July 27, 2010

I show during the spring and summer season and wanted to know how I can safeguard my horse before putting him ... Read More


Barn Fire: Sprinklers Save Harness Horses

May 12, 2010

Sprinklers in a barn at Plainridge Racecourse, a harness racetrack near Boston, saved some 35 horses when a fire broke out May 9. High winds could have sent flames to other barns when the blaze began about 3 a.m.

The racetrack, locat... Read More


Warmer Weather Calls for Close Monitoring of Stored Grain

April 21, 2010

With early onset of warm temperatures, stored grain operators need to monitor inventory closely. ... Read More


Volcanic Ash and Equine Respiratory Health

April 16, 2010

Ash and gasses from volcano eruptions could pose breathing risks to anyone exposed, including horses.... Read More


Indiana Barn Fire Leaves 13 Horses Dead

April 14, 2010

A barn fire at Indiana Stallion Station near Anderson, Ind., the morning of April 12 resulted in the death of 13 horses and sent three stable employees to hospital.

The fire erupted around 10:30 a.m. on April 12. According to a pr... Read More


Barn Improvement

March 01, 2010

As our understanding of horse health and behavior has improved, barns have changed--a lot. No longer are they just places to house horses. Today's owners now approach barns and other farm structures with horse/human health, environmental impact...... Read More


Reducing Your Horse's Exposure to Dust

February 10, 2010

Researchers have shown that significant amounts of mucus in a racehorse's airway can negatively affect his performance, and they've theorized that dust in the horse's environment contributes to that mucus. Therefore, the logical nex... Read More


Watch for Snow Accumulation on Barn, Arena Roofs

December 30, 2009

Horse owners should monitor the snow load situation on their barns and take appropriate action.... Read More


Barn Fire Horse Deaths Revised to 43

December 06, 2009

A harness track barn fire at a county fairgrounds in southwest Ohio early Saturday morning killed two people and an estimated 43 horses, The Associated Press reported. The initial number of equine fatalities was projected at more than 60.

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Hay Feeders Uncovered

December 01, 2009

Is there a better way to feed hay to horses? There are dozens of hay feeder options, as it turns out, each with its own advantages. Hay feeders are designed to keep hay off the ground and sheltered from the elements to reduce wastage.... Read More


Consider Drainage when Selecting a Horse Barn Site

November 30, 2009

Want to see an example of less-than-stellar drainage? Check out your own horse barn. One of the most important concerns for a building site is water drainage, which includes water flowing to the building site as well as water moving away from the ... Read More


Horse Barn Workers Report More Respiratory Symptoms

November 19, 2009

The estimated 4.6 million Americans involved in the equine industry might be at risk of developing respiratory symptoms due to poor air quality in horse barns, according to a questionnaire study undertaken earlier this year by investigators a... Read More


Soaking Hay Key to Stable Dust Reduction

November 05, 2009

Horse owners' selection and preparation of their animals' feed has a greater influence on concentrations of dust and endotoxin in the stable than the type of bedding used, researchers recently reported.... Read More


Controlling Ammonia in Horse Stalls

October 17, 2009

One of the irritating compounds that can accumulate inside a horse barn is ammonia (NH3). High concentrations of ammonia in the air can irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth and possibly increase the susceptibility o... Read More


Managing Airway Disease

October 01, 2009

Can you adequately treat your horse's inflammatory airway disease if you have little control over his environment and face strict drug withdrawal times? Researchers have proven that anomalies of the equine uppe... Read More


Study Shows Stall Cleaning Impacts Stable Air Quality

September 08, 2009

A change in your approach to horse stall cleaning might result in improved air quality in the stable, report researchers from Georg-August University of Guttingen, in Germany. Researchers measured the air quality in the stable with different bedding... Read More


Barn, Stall, and Fence Maintenance

September 01, 2009

Take a closer look at your barn and property and ensure it's safe for horses and handlers.... Read More