January 2019 | Horizon Structures

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January 2019

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 custom horse 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...

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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