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


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


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


Dusty Air and Respiratory Problems

March 09, 2009

In addition to the risks viruses and bacteria pose to the horse, environmental exposure to particulates dispersed from feed, bedding, footing materials, and other sources (such as diesel exhaust) all can lead to IAD. Even small increases in aerodynam... Read More


Shortage of Wood Bedding Ongoing, Could Intensify

January 09, 2009

The housing market downturn is affecting more than just developers and realtors. Some horse owners have a new challenge in locating adequate, affordable bedding for their animals.

Jeannie Queen of Clear Vision Equine, based i... Read More


Technology Allows Large-Scale Recycling of Horse Bedding Waste

July 23, 2008

Most horse owners wish they could wave a magic wand and get rid of the "manure mountain" on their property. A couple of Canadian entrepreneurs have developed technology that might erase mounds of used bedding, as well as generate a little green.... Read More


Horse Sense Leads to New Recycling Initiative

June 14, 2008

Southeastern Michigan is the state's most populous region--for humans and for horses. According to a recent survey, Oakland has more horses than any other county--it is home to 6,900 of the state’s 155,000 equines.

As more people and more... Read More


Soiled Bedding Serves as a Vehicle for Drug Contamination

March 08, 2008

Researchers found that soiled bedding appears to be a principle vehicle for contamination.... Read More


Cost of Wood Shavings Increasing as Housing Market Falls

January 06, 2008

A downturn in the housing industry is being blamed for a shortage of equine shavings that has resulted in sharp price increases and changes in the methods some owners use to manage their horses.

"The cost of shavings has increased by 70% in... Read More


Bedding Choices

December 01, 2007

Investigate which bedding choice is safe, healthful, and cost-effective for your operation. 

Stalls have traditionally been bedded with materials that provide cushion and... Read More


Stall Stuff

May 01, 2007

The care of horse stalls is an inherently messy part of horse management. There are a variety of opinions on how to cope with this daily chore. Let's face it: urine and manure reek. Additionally, an excess of these two elements creates unsafe and... Read More


Shredded Court Documents Give Horse Allergy Relief

August 16, 2006

An allergy to hay and straw dust can be a tough sentence for a horse. But a black-and-white U.K. lesson horse with the problem is breathing more easily after a local community justice center and two magistrates' courts began donating shredded... Read More


Bedding Shopping

February 01, 2006

There was a time when bedding for horse stalls received little attention or discussion, especially in the agricultural Midwest. When horses provided the power for planting and harvesting crops, almost every farm had a field of oats. The oat... Read More


Housing, Bedding, and Pasture (Book Excerpt)

September 21, 2005

Stabling, pasturing, bedding, and other aspects of a horse's living environment have major implications on the potential for health problems.... Read More


Alternative Horse Bedding

August 01, 2005

Research has shown that Kenaf, a fairly new plant to North America that is a relative of cotton and okra, could be a viable product for horse bedding. Michael Yoder, MS, extension associate in the department of animal science at North Carolina... Read More


Bedding Benefits and Risks

October 01, 2002

Most horse owners take great pride in providing their horses with clean, nice-looking stalls; some of us might even throw in that extra bit of bedding for added comfort. But could we be unknowingly harming our horses more than helping them? Let'... Read More


Housing Your Horse

October 05, 2001

In the back of your mind somewhere there lurks a Dream Barn. Go on, admit it. You've planned it down to the last luxurious detail--from the Olympic-sized riding arena (with the climate-impervious perfect footing) right down to the automatic fly... Read More


From The Ground Up: Stall Flooring and Mats

October 04, 2001

Your horse is on his feet most of the day and night. He prefers to feel dry, with his feet at room temperature. He wants to stand on a surface that's resilient and doesn't smell bad. Listen to your horse, and you will want to... Read More


Breeding Facilities

October 03, 2001

Any way you look at it, building a barn is a major undertaking. Doing it right the first time, to avoid headaches later, is the smart approach. In addition to the usual considerations of location, aesthetics, cost, and... Read More


Hemp A Hit In Ontario

October 02, 2001

Proponents say that hemp can be used for everything  from making clothing, to rope, to paper…even automotive parts. Now, a Delaware, Ontario-based... Read More


Secrets Of Rubber Mats

September 13, 2001

Where would we be without rubber? Make all the jokes you want; rubber's indispensable stuff, especially in the barn. The tire on your wheelbarrow, the handle grip on your longe whip, your two-year-old's first snaffle bit, that flexible curry... Read More


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


Which Bedding is Best?

January 01, 2001

Every horseperson has his or her preference when it comes to stall bedding. Some like the smell of sweet cedar shavings, some the traditional look of a deep straw bed, others the absorbency and softness of peat moss. But which bedding really is bes... Read More


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


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