Recent News for Buildings & Structures

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Permeable Stall Flooring, Some Options

September 12, 2001

Permeable stall floor coverings function differently than rubber stall mats, whose main purpose is to provide cushioning for your horse's legs. Rubber is basically waterproof, so urine and other liquids pool on top of such a surface, to be soaked up ... Read More

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Home Sweet Barn--People Living in the Barn

September 12, 2001

Tack rooms, offices, and lounges are fairly common horse barn amenities. Less common are built-in living quarters for farm owners or employees, but some facilities have found it practical as well as economical to include a "barn apartment" of... Read More

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Stall Flooring

September 01, 2001

You give a lot of thought to your horse's health and happiness. You groom him until he gleams, swaddle him in boots and blankets, carefully monitor his diet, and expend considerable effort and expense making sure he's comfortabl... Read More

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What's in Your Feed? (Contamination)

September 01, 2001

"Yuck!" you hear your friend exclaim from the feed room as you move down the barn aisle one evening, doling out flakes of hay.

"What is it?" you call over your shoulder.

"There are huge lumps of molasses in this bag of feed!" she... Read More

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Buying or Building a Farm

June 01, 2001

Buying or building a horse farm can be a challenging venture where dreams might or might not become reality, and where budgets dictate compromise. The buyer needs to consider what is more advantageous: To build on empty land, or to buy a... Read More

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When Lightning Strikes

April 01, 2001

If you think lightning never strikes twice in the same place, think again. The USDA's recently retired Chief Meteorologist Albert Peterlin says, "Lightning is not just a random event natural killer, but more an opportunist taking advantage of a... Read More

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Ready To Assemble: Barns, Stalls, And Run-In Sheds

February 01, 2001

For those who have the time, inclination, and the ability to follow instructions, assembling a run-in shed, stall, or a barn from a mail-order kit might be a 21st Century option. These do-it-yourself kits can yield impressive savings... Read More

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AI Training For Stallions

February 01, 2001

Given the choice, a stallion wouldn't choose to mate with man-made devices. His instincts drive him to breed a mare; yet he can learn to transfer his sexual focus to a "phantom" mare and an artificial vagina (AV). In order to train a stallion fo... Read More

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Salmonella: Beware The Bacteria

November 01, 2000

Although it's ever-present, under normal conditions Salmonella will have little influence on your horse's heath. But, if he's stressed and his immune system is operating at less than full capacity, the bacteria can sneak in and strike.... Read More

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Horsekeeping On Small Acreage

October 01, 2000

When it comes to small horse pastures, pasturettes, or ranchettes, less equals more. More stress on pasture grasses, more likelihood of overgrazing, more pressure on fencing, more routine maintenance. But with proper management, pasturettes can... Read More

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Respiratory Allergies

September 01, 2000

Respiratory disease is second only to musculoskeletal problems as a cause of loss of performance in competition horses, according to some of the leading researchers around the world. In fact, N. Edward Robinson, BVet Med, PhD, MRCVS, of Michigan... Read More

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Footing and Horse Performance

May 01, 2000

The type of footing on which a horse performs strongly influences whether the animal has a long and productive career, or whether it has that career cut short because of unsoundness or injury. Footing also influences how well the horse performs.... Read More

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Fireproofing Older Barns

April 01, 2000

"Fire is living and breathing. It has its own life," says Amy Tryon. "It is sort of like horses. Once you think you've got it all figured out, something will come along and show you that you don't." However, Tryon knows more than most about both... Read More

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Better Breathing

January 01, 2000

When you walk down the center aisle of your barn, does the ceiling drip condensation on your head? Does the smell of ammonia make your nostrils twitch and your eyes water--even when the stalls are freshly cleaned? Worst of all, was that a hollow... Read More

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Winter Shelter

December 01, 1999

On long winter nights, would our horses rather be outside or warm and dry in a barn?... Read More

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COPD

November 01, 1999

Please take a deep breath. Excuse me, I said could you take a deep breath please? No, stop nuzzling at my backside. Could you please just take a deep breath?

This might be a typical one-sided conversation a veterinarian would want... Read More

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Stall Design

November 01, 1999

That stall is very likely the place where your horse is going to spend the bulk of his existence as a domestic animal. Even if he is turned out every day, and exercised regularly, up to 16 hours of his daily life could be whiled away in that familiar... Read More

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Minimizing Feed Costs

October 01, 1999

Let's face it, those aren't gerbils out in your stalls and pastures. They're 1,000-pound herbivores, with appetites wired for perpetual hunger and teeth designed to make short work out of massive amounts of fiber. If your feed bills are starting... Read More

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Wash Racks And Stalls

July 01, 1999

If you board at a big, commercial show barn, you probably have access to a wash rack. Ditto if your horse boards at a racing barn. What a convenience wash racks are. Instead of spending hours brushing off dirt, muck, and sweat, or hosing off you... Read More

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Home Sweet Home

May 01, 1999

So when we consider the construction of stalls, we shouldn't underestimate how important it is to provide a comfortable, welcoming, and most importantly, safe, environment in which our horses can live.... Read More

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Canadian Equine Research

April 01, 1999

The University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada, is home of the world renowned Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). The university is a research-intensive and student-oriented facility. Its written mission is to serve society and to enhance th... Read More

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Run-In Sheds

January 01, 1999

Dallas Goble, DVM, thinks quite highly of run-in sheds. "They offer better quality health for the horse than enclosed barns," says the associate professor of surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee. "Run-in sheds have... Read More

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Barns and Stalls: The Air In There

May 01, 1998

Horse owners often tend to build and manage their barns more for their own comfort than for their horses'--and horses have far greater cold tolerance than we do. What might feel chilly to us often is perfectly comfortable for our hairy friends.... Read More

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Trailering Your Horse: The Movable Feast

April 01, 1998

Alas not only are horses dedicated herbivores but the average horse trailer doesn't fit that easily into a fast-food drive-thru. Other solutions must be sought. If you travel with your horse in tow whether it's to the local Sunday morning gymkhana... Read More

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Transporting Horses

April 01, 1998

Moving horses from place to place is recorded to occur as far back in history as 3,500 years. At that time, horses were transported by sea and either were confined in boxes to the bowels of the boat or placed in slings on the deck of the boat.... Read More