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Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


In the wonderful world of horse ownership we often find ourselves on the move as we upgrade to a larger property or downsize to a smaller one. When you have horses the move can become complicated, as you have to leave behind your horses’ living structures and fenced paddocks. Unless your new property is already set up for horses you may need to board them out temporarily while you construct a new shelter. A great solution to save you those out of pocket expenses is the portable run-in shed.

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February 13, 2019 posted by Content Admin

I don’t know about you, but the cabin fever is REAL in our house right now. With temperatures plummeting and frost creeping up the windows, I’m dreaming of warm spring days, open doors and the sweet sounds of children’s spirited adventures…outside.

Children and Playset

You too? Maybe it’s time to finally invest in that backyard playset you’ve been thinking about. It’s never too early to start planning for spring. But with all the options out there, how on earth do you know which...

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February 1, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When hurricane winds blow, poorly made run-in sheds go! In the case of a recently purchased run-in shed built on site by a local contractor, founder of Flare Oaks Rescue, Ashley Nelms, unfortunately experienced this happening first hand. In fact, when Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina in the summer of 2018, the run-in shed was the only building on the farm that was damaged. It was so poorly built it was literally pulled from the ground and an innovative Nelms together with her husband‘s help, secured it quickly utilizing the weight...

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January 27, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The appeal of a historic style barn with a shiny copper cupola, a horsey weathervane atop and the traditional board and batten siding is a beloved sight to most horse owners. When it comes time for a new barn build it is surprising how much traditional barn features are embraced, despite all the new siding and ventilation options available on the market.

Horse Barn in Winter

How did board and batten begin anyway? Board and batten...

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January 24, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


There are many decisions to make when purchasing a new barn and one of the less thought about is often the barn color.

The selection of the perfect exterior color for the new barn at your property doesn’t just hinge on what already exists structure wise in the vicinity that it should complement. Color can also affect the use of the building and the comfort of your horses.

Originally horse barns and agricultural buildings in general, weren’t painted at all. In the North-Eastern U.S.A. early settlers were just happy to have...

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January 22, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Donkeys, mules and ‘mini’ versions of all things equine make wonderful pets and are extremely popular. These wee beasties can thrive with a simple set up such as a small pasture with a run-in shed and supply of fresh water, grass and/or hay.  But there are times when a horse barn would like to provide a mini horse haven for both equus and their human caregivers.

Pony in a Barn

Just because your horse size is a scaled down...

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January 11, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


To say that Ashley Nelms of Flare Oaks Rescue, Lillington, N.C. was excited to be announced the winner of the Horizon Structures Run-In Shed Sweepstakes would be an understatement. The new run-in shed will help Nelms house some of her rescue horses including a mustang, a donkey and a miniature horse.

Ashley Nelms

“I am very excited,” said an enthusiastic Nelms, “We suffered...

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January 11, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Your dream has been realized and your new barn purchase has gone smoothly. The crew just left after promptly assembling your splendid modular barn and setting everything fair, in readiness for your new horse to arrive. It is an exciting time and you await your horse’s arrival with keen anticipation.

Here is a recipe to successfully introduce your new horse to his new barn. You want everything to go as smoothly as possible. The early days of your relationship with your new horse is the perfect time to build a solid foundation of...

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January 8, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Emily Higgins


Even dogs who love the outdoors take paws at the fencing and barriers around the yard meant to keep them safe.  And let’s face it, few pooches enjoy being in the doghouse when that house is too small or too cold.  Finding the perfect fit for your dog, that is both safe and sturdy, is especially important if your pup spends much of his time outdoors.

Size Matters

Dog kennels come in a variety of sizes to fit a variety of different dog breeds. Buying a ...

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January 6, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Emma Bishop


Many homeowners are spending more time in the outdoor areas of their home and property. Outdoor living is becoming a major selling point for many households as people want to enjoy nature while in the comfort of their backyard. Making your outdoor living space accessible and relaxing during every season is essential to creating an area that will work all year long. Check out the benefits of these outdoor patio structures and ways to extend your patio season year-round:

Add a Pergola

Creating a barrier between...

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December 12, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Investment in a new horse barn is a considerable capital expense. The building project provides much excitement and keen anticipation, but if you’re not careful, it can also cause you some major headaches. Issues can occur during the building phase or down the road, especially if products utilized are defective or the structure has not been properly constructed or set up on site.

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December 8, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


As most of us are under some budget constraints when it comes to barn building there are many good reasons and great places you can cut costs in design of your new stabling project.

Cutting your expenses

However, there are many areas where cutting costs can result in much heartache down the road. Here are a few areas where you should not compromise. There is no point in saving dollars now to spend...

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November 5, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When you try to choose the best roofing option between a shingle and metal roof for your horse barn or indoor arena there are some major aspects and advantages to each that you should know before you choose which type will work best for your horse operation.

Metal Roof Horse Barn

A metal roof is generally more expensive than a shingle roof hence the metal roof is usually an upgrade in modular buildings. Consider these...

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November 5, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When you think about adding a residential or commercial dog kennel to your property you are probably thinking about having a safe and secure place for your canines to reside while you are elsewhere. That’s a smart move, not just for their safety but also for the safety of your neighbors’ pets and livestock.

Custom Dog Kennels

In today’s litigious world,...

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October 26, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Hurricanes may hardly ever happen in your neighborhood so perhaps your local building code does not require you to install hurricane safety protection in your new horse barn. Nonetheless it might be a bright thing to do. We all know the weather isn’t always fair and sunny.

Hurricane safety protection for your horse barn

Adding simple upgrades in the build of your horse barn can make all the difference when the high winds do blow...

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October 3, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Growing up as a horse mad child in England I certainly spent an inordinate amount of time in stable yards and around horses. We called our equine abodes stables not stalls, and more times than not these were built of brick and mortar. The traditional stable had a Dutch door, and the yard usually comprised of a line of stables all of the same size with a feed or storage room tagged on the end. Sometimes the stables were set in a square with a courtyard in the middle and sometimes they were set in an L-shape.

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September 26, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Horizon Structures has been a fixture at the Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA for many years as a sponsor and exhibitor. This year will be no different, and thousands of horse enthusiasts will descend on the barns on exhibit November 8 -11, 2018, to see the high-quality Amish-built structures first hand.

Equine Affaire

There is something that warms the heart of any horse owner when they stroll through a brand-new...

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September 21, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Here are a few tips on how to map out your farm and the location of the various buildings, to provide the best usability of your horse farm.

Horse Farm from Air

Clean Slate

If you haven’t purchased the land and you have the means to pick an ideal site, then hunt down a square or rectangular piece of property, with a decent amount of road frontage for visibility if you plan a business. Look at soil types....

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September 14, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


I grew up in horse crazy Britain and as a kid it was very common for my school friends to keep their pony in their backyard. I’m sure that zoning and development ordinances have changed much since then, and that village life has become more urban with restrictions for all backyard livestock keeping practices, but in the more rural areas you still see a modular box stall with a storage space attached and a pony or two grazing in a small paddock.

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September 10, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Sometimes when you start a journey you know the destination you have in mind but need help reaching it.  And that help may require asking complete strangers for help.  Trusting that they will guide you to the right place.

Many years ago, I was visiting Denmark with a friend on the hunt for her next dressage horse. While I had much experience with taking clients to the huge elite Oldenburg and Hanoverian auctions and to renowned horse breeders’ farms in Germany to buy horses, this was my first visit to Denmark. I must say I love...

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August 3, 2018 posted by Content Admin

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