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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

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Pergolas and particularly pavilions have long been associated with sport. Perhaps the most famous being Lord’s cricket pavilion in London.  A grand affair! Why should equestrians not cash in on their use too?

As a horse farm owner, creating useful outdoor spaces adds real value for family, friends and client’s visiting your property.

Your busy barn aisleway is not the safest place to host a gathering of family, friends, students or colleagues. Horses are...

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August 2, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


It’s almost impossible to overstate the benefits that the addition of an overhang to a farm building brings to the world of horse care.

36x60 High profile modular barn 10ft overhang

The overhang is a finishing touch that beautifies the building while serving several utilitarian purposes. Plus, it is relatively inexpensive to include in your new...

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August 2, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Hay season is here and it’s time to stack up some fresh cut horse hay in your barn. Maybe you have a dealer or farmer that delivers and stacks your hay supply for you, or perhaps you do all the hard work yourself. Whichever way your hay arrives neatly stacked in your barn or storage building, it is smart to know a few basics of haymaking and hay storage safety, so that you can be confident you are not playing with fire.

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July 11, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


There are many good reasons why the Low Profile modular barn is so popular for horse housing needs. Whether you are realizing your dream of bringing your horse home to live in the backyard or expanding your existing boarding and training operation, the Low Profile modular barn ticks lots of boxes.

Low profile modular barn

Budget Friendly

A Horizon Structures Low Profile modular barn is a budget-...

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July 11, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Cass Wright


Grass is abundant and cheap, so it is likely you have considered feeding it to your horses – but is this a good idea? It can be, as all horses have evolved to extract their nutrition from grass. This is especially true for smaller horses like donkeys and ponies as their teeth are suited to grinding up coarse grass fibers, and their slow digestion makes it easier for them to extract nutrients from the plants. However, it is important to make sure that you choose the right type of grass to feed your horses, as some types of grass are far less...

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June 21, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith and Jill Siragusa


A new barn is an exciting purchase and before you gallop headlong into the aisleway and slip on the concrete do a quick check on how well saddled up you are for a successful outcome.

Here to help you on your ride are the top barn financing questions you should ask before you buy:

  • Building Plan for Horse barnWill the barn builder provide you with basic elevation...
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May 23, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you are planning on building a horse barn with an apartment this is the perfect time of year to make your purchase and get your order on the books. The decisions that you make in the planning stages will obviously directly impact the form, function and fit of the barn for your horse business or individual needs. So make the best decisions possible by ensuring those decisions are informed and realistic.

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May 23, 2018 posted by Content Admin

by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.


Driving through Kentucky recently, I passed breathtaking farms – acres and acres of meticulously manicured pastures, lined with black Kentucky-style four board fences that seemed to travel for miles. What struck me, however, was their barrenness.

Empty fields in Kentucky

 

Where are all the horses?

Placed high on mounds in the distance were spectacular barns – horse “hotels” where horses reside –...

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April 27, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


As a pet owner breeding the family pet or as a professional dog breeder that operates a successful business, the wonders of whelping are an exciting time. The needs of the mother necessarily come first, and like any birthing there is much that can be done to provide an optimum experience and outcome for the health and happiness of both the breeding bitch and the litter of cuddly puppies.

Dog Breeding Tips - Little Gem Onyx of Windy Ridge

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April 21, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


With the popularity of ‘Airbnb’ and other resources to accommodate the needs of the adventurer and travel-minded population, it is little wonder that property ownership can offer income streams previously too complicated to contemplate including farm tourism, photography, and venue rental.
Folks love the idea of enjoying the experience of the rural lifestyle - living or spending time at a private location for an event.  As a result, many are increasingly shying away from chain hotels with boring conference room décor and bland...

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April 13, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


Many riders struggle to be the best athlete they can possible be, to complement their talented equine partners. Fitness for the equestrian is just as important as for an athlete in any other sport. Finding time to work out and hit the gym is difficult.

Many outdoor loving equestrians do not enjoy the stale air of the indoor gym environment and the distraction of other gym users. When the drive time to and from the gym and time away from the stable is added to the mix, the local gym is often not the favorite arena to meet...

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April 10, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


There are many safety factors that can easily be overlooked when building an indoor arena and it is important to take the time to plan and consider both present and future needs and of paramount importance in those considerations should be horse and rider safety.

Horse and rider safety

Be Clear About Clear Span

The geography of the U.S.A. offers diverse weather patterns, precipitation and temperature...

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March 21, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


Everything old is new again. Horse owners are increasingly adding value to their lives by returning to agricultural practices to cultivate organic produce and animal products on their farms.

The notion of going ‘old school’ and designing a multi-use barn to keep everything under one roof has seen a rise in popularity as a result. The advantages are obvious as daily chores can be completed without venturing into the elements and the benefits apply whether the weather is hot or cold.

If the...

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March 21, 2018 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


The day has finally arrived and your new horse barn is ready to use. The smell of fresh shavings, the aroma of new wood and the promise of many happy hours to come in the company of your favorite equines is on the horizon.

Before you invite your wee equine beasties inside there are a few finishing touches to consider. Follow these simple horse barn designs to increase barn safety, functionality and utility:

Seal the Surfaces

Before your horse poops against the clean wall or...

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March 9, 2018 posted by Content Admin

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