March 2019 | Horizon Structures

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March 2019

Hello! If you’re just joining us, feel free to start with Part 1 of “What Should I Put Under my Backyard Playset” in which I cover the pros and cons of grass (or dirt), sand, and pea gravel.

As a parent of rambunctious littles, I am keenly aware of the importance of safety when it comes to looking for a backyard playset...

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March 31, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


It is important to every horse rider to spend the maximum amount of time training and riding their horses versus taking care of the mundane issues like re-painting or re-staining a barn, worrying over missing shingles on the roof or cleaning stalls saturated from rain and snow run-off.

Horse Care

While a horse barn needs to be functional and well designed, it is also an advantage if it is low maintenance. The choice of...

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March 31, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Hay is probably one of the most expensive items on your horse care budget list. Amazingly, there is a simple way to minimize your dollar spend on this forage commodity the outdoor equine hay feeder.

Horse Hay Feeder

Scientific studies suggest that you can save a whopping 30-40% of your hay spending just by utilizing a horse hay feeder. This fact does not just apply to the use of large round bales or large squares bales of hay, it also...

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March 23, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith with Lisa Steele


A few years ago I went to visit a chestnut gelding I’d sold to a nearby trainer. As I entered the center aisle barn I was greeted by the amusing vision of a chicken perched on the poll of his beautifully chiseled head. The horse, named Casablanca, was quite content with his barn buddy’s location, and both chestnut colored chicken and chestnut colored horse looked in my direction and offered their individual vocal greetings. So, are chickens and horses barn animals that can live together? The answer is a resounding YES...

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March 11, 2019 posted by Content Admin

When I was five years old, I broke my arm.

My friends and I were playing in our neighbor’s backyard trying to jump from a picnic table to one of those T-shaped metal clothesline poles which we’d swing from like acrobats.

Kids, amiright? Also, where were the grown-ups?

Anyway, I missed.

The clothesline happened to be mounted on a large slab of concrete instead of grass like all the other ones in the neighborhood (WHAT WERE WE THINKING?).

Fortunately, my arm was the only casualty. As a parent, I now understand how much worse that could have been....

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March 2, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Kathy Tyler


If you love to entertain, you probably have an outdoor patio that you use in the summer. A patio is a great way to extend your house and entertainment area outside. The trick is decorating it, so the outdoor entertainment area catches eyes and turns heads. Here are some simple, fresh decor ideas for your outdoor patio.

Gazebo With a Swing

Seating is an essential element for your patio. Your guests need a comfortable place to...

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March 2, 2019 posted by Content Admin