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Corona Virus Update

Horizon Structures has received approval to continue delivering animal shelters during the COvid-19 crisis.
However, in accordance with the PA Governor’s mandate and for the safety of our customers and employees our offices will remain closed to the public until further notice.  However, we are here answering the phones and can continue taking orders and scheduling deliveries to meet the needs of our customers and the animals that depend on us.
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March 25, 2020 posted by Content Admin

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, you should be commended for making one of the most critical decisions in your life. Partly because your home will never be dull again, and partly due to your profound expression of humanity in offering care and shelter to an animal that might otherwise wind up homeless.

But as you conduct your search for the best breeders or shelter homes to acquire a dog from, you can’t help but wonder how you’ll integrate the dog into your home. Indeed, assisting your newly-acquired canine friend to adjust to a new home, which now happens to be your home, isn’...

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March 11, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When you set the wheels in motion to set up your dream horse farm and house your horses on your own property, the notion of an instant and horse housing appropriate set of buildings offers sincere appeal. Who has time to spend on extra stuff when they own horses! Not me. The quicker and easier the process of building the farm, the faster you can be out riding the trails or training for competition and enjoying your horses.

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March 10, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Mother Nature likes to offer us extremes of weather from time and time and keeping your dog kennel at a regulated temperature can ease stress for both canines and caregivers.

Dog in Snow

Options for climate control run the gamut and there are many construction features that come standard in the Horizon Structures kennel line, to help minimize the range of temperatures the occupants of the building will experience and to combat Mother...

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February 25, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


It’s true that good things come in small packages and horses are no different. But what about their housing needs? It’s important to consider the challenges that stabling minis and smaller animals face when housed in a regular horse stall.

When it comes to the value of the less common equus, and the smaller of the species, this author loves the ‘wee beasties’ of the horse world.

When I was 10 years old my family headed down to...

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February 24, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When you operate a dog boarding business the canine clientele can present challenges to the most ardent of dog lovers and caregivers. Factor in the human component in the form of the dog owner, and the dog boarding business becomes more complicated.

Dog Owners

Here’s a look at some woes that can be experienced at a boarding facility and some solid solutions to aid you in navigating them:

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February 21, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Why wait to enjoy a new horse barn? With the magic of modular horse barns, you can have your new shed row, low- or high-profile barn ready to go in an instant and free up valuable time to go show, clinic and enjoy riding, driving and competing your horses.

Horse Owner

There are many good reasons to choose modular horse barn construction over on-site building.
Kick back and...

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February 12, 2020 posted by Content Admin
Horse Safety For Kids from Wholesale Vinyl Fencing
January 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

No matter what style or theme you have planned for your dream wedding, there’s a chance that you will be saying your vows under a pergola or arch. If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect wedding pergola decor for your special day, take a look at this list of nine tips on how to decorate a pergola for your wedding.

Flowers

Easily one of the most traditional approaches to wedding pergola decor, you can’t go wrong with flowers.

Rose Bouquet

Flowers on your wedding arch tie...

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January 20, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you’ve ever dreamed of cashing in on the summer camp business and want to put together the perfect experience for campers and counselors alike and offer a program and property that will impress even the most discerning parents, then the world of modular construction offers a quick and efficient solution that can meet your operational timeline.

Horse Back Riding Kids

If you already run a summer camp, smartening up your...

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January 20, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Finding the time and energy to complete all the tasks on a Honey-Do list can be elusive. Even with the best of intentions and efforts to work diligently through the list of assignments, there exists a strange phenomenon where the Honey-Do list seems to magically grow. As horse owners and their families know, the endless requests from a spouse or partner to complete chores doesn’t stop at the front door of the household, it extends outside.

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January 7, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Shopping for a new horse barn is such fun. When you choose to make your new horse barn dream a reality, the buying process should be straightforward and the experience pleasurable. Naturally there are lots of things to think about when you design a horse barn, and every factor is important. At first glance the choice of siding materials may appear a mundane task. But siding selection matters more than you might think.

Horse Barn

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January 7, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When you make a significant financial investment in a new horse you probably wouldn’t undertake the purchase without a pre-purchase exam and a clearly worded bill of sale. Why should buying a new horse barn be any different?

Horse Teeth Check up

Just as you want to know the horse you are buying is sound for your purpose, you want to be certain that your new horse barn is sound for your needs. It must be of sturdy build with...

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December 27, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When it comes to horse ownership folks are often caught between budget dilemmas and tussles with time management. Here are the top five things to gift your horse, and yourself, to make the very best of your horse ownership experience by improving your horse's mental and physical health.

1. Freedom Of Movement Makes Life Better

Horse in Snow

For a creature of such size with a genetic predisposition to roam and graze,...

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December 16, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith with Jill Siragusa


Your new horse barn is on the horizon and you are eager to get started designing and figuring out the price. For most of us, realizing the dream of buying a horse barn is something that we have waited a long time to achieve, and the purchasing process should be fact-filled, financially feasible and, above all, FUN!

Finance Planning

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December 15, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Most folks think use of the General Services Administration (GSA) as being limited to the Federal government. In fact, many State and local government agencies can benefit from using the GSA contract option. A streamlined purchasing process with vetted product pricing for competitive cost, makes the GSA contract a useful program for a myriad of equestrian and animal related government tasks.

GSA

With the wide range of structures...

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December 13, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Whether you are a professional in the horse breeding business or a trainer or owner that occasionally feels the urge to have a mare in foal and foal out your next competition prospect, when it comes to horse housing for breeding stock it is wise to keep these tips in mind when building your horse barn.

Horse Breeding

As a recent retiree from the horse breeding business (after 25 happy years!), I have been directly involved in designing...

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November 20, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Winter is around the corner but it’s not too late to get prepped with a quick cleanup of your barn and paddocks. If you live in a hot climate then preparations will not be the same as those tasks your fellow equestrians in the colder regions of the country face, but a good fall clean up is beneficial for all barns regardless.

Clean The Barn From Floor To Rafter

If it’s not too cold to use water, the easiest method to clean down...

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November 12, 2019 posted by Content Admin

There is no doubt that painting the exterior of sheds, barns, and other wooden outbuildings not only freshens-up their appearance, but helps them withstand the weather and stay standing longer. The right paint and the right painting techniques will add years to the life of your wooden outbuilding.

A word of warning - if your outbuilding was built prior to 1978, it is highly likely that there is lead-based paint on it. Lead paint test kits are available at your home supply store. If you test and find lead, you will need to hire a professional to remove and dispose of the lead paint...

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October 31, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When you shop for a new barn it’s important not to let excitement get the better of you and become blinkered instead of looking at the big picture. While many horse trainers and owners are detail oriented regarding anything riding and horse care related, when it comes to buying a new horse barn details that matter may be overlooked.

On the topic of having a 7th sense, i.e. ‘good business sense’, don’t fall short of shopping successfully just because you aren’t minding our p’s and q’s.

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October 15, 2019 posted by Content Admin

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