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There are expenses over and above the barn to consider when you purchase horse housing. The key to staying on budget is to be aware of all the components and put together an accurate list that identifies the real costs of construction of your new horse barn.

Center Aisle Horse Barn

Start your barn purchasing process with a ‘to-the-penny’ quote for the actual structure itself. Include itemized prices for all options and...

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May 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you’ve boarded your horses and then had the opportunity to bring your horse home to your own property, you’ve probably already experienced the sincere joy of keeping your own horse in your own backyard. Many horse owners love the availability of daily interaction with their horse, even if it does mean more work mucking stalls and fencing pastures.

Horse owner and horses

The romance of sitting on the back porch after a hard day’s work...

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May 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

With most of us cooped up inside our homes thanks to the global health crisis, the need for fresh air has never been more important. According to research on the Royal Society, this increased isolation can lead to some negative mental health effects—from cognitive decline, to a weakened immune system.

While the restrictions make it complicated to simply visit the park as we please, it doesn't mean you should just lie on the couch the entire day. Fortunately, you can still take care of...

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May 6, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Eco-friendly compost created by your chickens from deep litter bedding in your coop is a marvelous method for recycling a high quality, sustainable product back to Mother Earth.

Expert on all things chicken, Lisa Steele of FreshEggsDaily.com, researched this interesting fact on the topic of the manure quality:

According to poultry expert and author, Harvey...

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May 6, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Cleaning the kennel is an unpleasant task.  Any dog owner would welcome ways to make this daily job as quick, easy and ‘painless’ as possible. Whether it is a residential one or two dog kennel, or a commercial kennel that houses 20 plus canines, efficient and practical kennel design is the way to speed up dog waste cleanup time. Work smarter not harder!

Circling the Drain

Cleanup necessarily involves water, so an...

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April 16, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Grooming your horse is important to keep it healthy and it offers a super opportunity to bond with your equine partner. When it comes time for horse grooming and equine spa care, the design of your barn can be a hindrance or a help. As these routines are a regular part of horsekeeping, incorporating a designated space to conduct them can be a boon to your boarding/training business or backyard horse ownership lifestyle.

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April 14, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


As many horse owners know, utilizing an equine hay feeder can significantly reduce the waste and thus cost, of the horse hay budget. The use of a hay feeder can also be beneficial to a horse’s health, as it reduces the pace at which they feed. This encourages better mastication of the hay before ingestion, and provides chewing satisfaction, that translates to less stress on the horse both mentally and physically.

Horse Feeding

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April 14, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Summer is around the corner which means hot temperatures for our southern and midwestern states. These regions tend to the most farms and livestock, thus require extra precautions during the heat of summer. If you are an equine owner, or have other livestock, it’s imperative to ensure that the animals are properly cared for. Let’s look at some important reasons to provide shade for your livestock.

Run In Shed

Should You Provide Shade for Your...

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March 31, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Owning a horse is pure happiness, and if you are one proud owner, you will know that having a four-legged friend can be tiresome and expensive. A lot of effort goes into maintaining a horse and its barn, even though it is worth it. Although horses spend most of their time outdoors, they need to have a cozy and spacious barn to keep themselves warm and comfortable.  Thus, your barn needs to be well-maintained and upgraded to its best version. But how will you know that it needs an upgrade? Here are five signs that your barn needs a makeover

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March 31, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Horizon Structures Run In Shed Sweepstakes

It’s not everyday you win something quite as special as a run-in shed. The Horizon Structures Run-In Shed Sweepstakes Contest ended in December 2019, and Kathy DeNicola was the lucky winner drawn at random from a Christmas stocking full of apples by Olympic Eventer Boyd Martin. While the run-in shed was ready for immediate delivery, DeNicola decided to wait until Spring to take delivery at...

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March 31, 2020 posted by Content Admin

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

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