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Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The verdict is in. The latest in timber frame horse barn design, that utilizes the beauty of traditional carpentry technique of mortise and tenon joinery made with artisan talent combined with the affordability of modular design, is hotter than the century-hitting temperatures this country has experienced this summer.

It is the ‘fairest of them all,’ when it comes to horse barn style and design. Wood fashioned in its ultimate spectacle that reflects the beauty of nature at every turn. There is a certain magical appeal of...

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September 10, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


HayThe venerable Windrush Farm, located on the Boxford/ North Andover line at Massachusetts, was in search of extra shelter for their 20 lesson horses following the Covid-19 crisis shutdown of their renowned therapeutic riding program. C.E.O., Janet Nittmann, was quick to take action to secure additional resources to keep the horses happy and safe.

“It was a rush to secure extra...

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August 21, 2020 posted by Ivo Krtalic

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Throughout this Covid19 pandemic social media postings from horses owners who proudly announced that isolation and quarantine procedures were nothing new to them were prevalent. 

Commercial horse farm owners and managers dread the introduction of transmittable diseases such as Strangles, Equine Influenza, Eastern Equine Encephalitis or the Equine Herpes Virus, which can infect horses at their facilities and shut down their businesses. Bio-security concerns should be a factor in the design and operation of all horse farms.

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August 19, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you’ve ever spent the day working in the heat under the glare of full sun in the ‘dog days of summer’ then you know first-hand how heat exhaustion and sunburn can creep up on you. As a clinician I have certainly spent my fair share of time giving instruction to riders from the center of a dusty, hot arena baking myself to a crisp. I’ve also suffered with skin cancer, possibly as a direct result from too much exposure to the sun. 

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August 19, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Many property owners with extra acreage are tempted to make their own hay by knocking down a grass meadow and baling it up for either their own horses and/or to sell.

Hay

For horse owners it is wise to know what is growing before you mow. There are an extensive number of nefarious herbs and weeds that can harm horses.  Some plants and weeds may be harmless for...

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July 16, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you’ve ever volunteered as a puppy walker and puppy home for a hunting club then you’ll appreciate the incredible ability the hound has for finding trouble. The American Foxhound, a cross between the English and French Foxhound, later intertwined in some cases with the Irish Foxhound, is a prime example of a canine with speed and stamina and a nose for finding quarry.

Irish Foxhound

As a kid my first hound puppy was an English...

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July 8, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If there is anything the Covid19 crisis has taught us all it is to have a Plan B.

Covid Crisis

Horse owners never expected suddenly to find themselves cut off from access to their horses that were in livery. Commercial barn owners did not expect to be left holding the muck fork and dealing with frustrated clients. In some states, folks were not affected, but for others, such as those in the North-East, the time away from being allowed to see/...

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July 8, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The history of horse barns shows us that building structures for agricultural use has evolved significantly over the years as farmers’ needs changed. Initially more grain was threshed on the ground level of a barn than animals kept, and the need for hay storage was not much considered.

As we age through the 1600’s into the 1800’s, the barn design slowly transformed its purpose, with ground floor living for cows and horses (...

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June 23, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Lots of folks are going green these days, venturing into vegetable growing for the first time to secure their own food source amidst the Covid19 pandemic. During World War II the ‘Victory Garden’ concept captured the benefits of producing foodstuffs on your own soil, limiting reliability on outside sources.

Garden

Other reasons to go green include health concerns and the ethic of mitigating the damage caused by our individual carbon...

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June 23, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Horizon Structures Facebook May Run-in Shed Auction winner Arthur’s Acres Animal Sanctuary, is not your average 501(c)3 rescue operation. Founded two years ago by Todd Friedman, the farm located in Parksville, New York is home to a herd of pigs that he has rescued from all over the Eastern seaboard.

The...

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June 23, 2020 posted by Content Admin

What do chickens need? If you are raising chickens for meat or for eggs, you’ll find that it can be sometimes very challenging. They are prone to some health issues that can pass very quickly, due to their close proximity in a coop/confined space.

We also need to worry about predators when we raise chickens and it doesn’t matter where you live, whether in off-grid living or in the city, there will be predators. Even in downtown Denver, in the very heart of the city, you will see foxes roaming...

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June 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Equestrians embrace tradition.  And, timber frame horse barns offer a time-honored tradition that is hard to beat when it comes to beautiful carpentry exquisitely showcasing the natural aesthetic appeal of wood.

When my husband and I purchased our farmland in Upstate New York, the neighbor had already taken possession of a lovely 2 bridge – or bank - barn in the front of our property. It was still standing proudly on the hill after 100 years, and despite the fact that its main occupants consisted of a flock of pigeons and said...

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June 8, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


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

The...

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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

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