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Horizon Structures Presents… Who Let the Dogs Out?

By Content Admin, 06/22/2017 - 11:05am

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith

Most horse owners are dog owners too. Smart horse owners know that having dogs around their equine facility provide more than companionship. Dogs are an early warning device announcing the arrival of visitors to the farm and can provide a level of security, they chase down vermin, and are of course a great source of amusement with their antics providing a de-stress therapy treatment. A dog is a multi-faceted talent and consequently many of us have more than just one.

But dogs can also be an issue. Here are the top five reasons you should consider having a professional grade kennel on your property if you have dogs.

Professional grade kennel


Our canine friends can become quickly overwhelmed with too much input from visitors. If you are hosting a clinic or show, your dogs may find themselves overcome with all the noise and input. A safe, secure environment is a boon and a professional wooden dog kennel with an indoor/outdoor area, hygienic cleanable surfaces and shelter from the sun and rain is extremely useful.

I have a friend who ran over her dog in the driveway backing out. There are many instances of this happening. Horses being loaded and unloaded off trailers and inquiring canine noses are a recipe for disaster. The rear view low visibility of pick up trucks and obviously large equipment backing up is a common cause of accidents.


Horses kick. Dogs bite. While most of your horses may be fine with your canine companions a visiting horse and/or rider may not be familiar with dogs in the yard and everyone can get hurt. This is additionally a sincere liability issue for you, the dog owner.

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Your visitors, boarders and clients may wish to bring their dogs with them to a lesson. Nobody likes to leave a dog in a hot car even with the windows down. Plus most dogs will rightfully exit the vehicle on their own merit if given the opportunity. If you provide a professional grade kennel on your property you can allow folks to bring their dogs without the risk of a dogfight breaking out or the worry of a visiting dog intimidating children or other guests.

Revenue Source

If you have a farm/ranch you probably have plenty of room to install a professional grade kennel. Your clients trust you with their horses when they are away and will almost certainly also trust you with their dogs. This provides an added value to your boarding/training business. A one stop shop! The kennel will also provide the perfect place for you to host dogs for your relatives when they are out of town.

Horse Shows and Dogs

You may be off to a horse show and while dogs may be permitted on leash, you may just not want to deal with the additional responsibility of the dog when you are focused on competition. Hotels may be pet friendly but most will not tolerate a dog left alone in the room. While you are away your barn help can take care of your dogs in the kennel without you having to compromise your privacy and the security of your home by allowing access to the house to baby sit the dogs. The kennel also provides a safe environment where your dogs won’t be able to rip up the couch in protest at your absence. Did you know professionally designed wooden dog kennels offer a secure location (away from bears or other nosey critters) for your dog food and supplies, and can be heated and/or air-conditioned.

Kennels are just like the barns in that they are easily customizable, most models delivered fully assembled and ready for immediate use, financing available, many options/upgrades available – AC/Heat, water, electrical packages, and more. Larger, commercial-size dog kennel ideas and models are coming soon at Need a quote? Call Mindy at 888-447-4337.  Need it yesterday? Horizon Structures also has some stock wooden dog kennels available for immediate delivery.


Nikki Alvin Smith

Nikki Alvin-Smith is a seasoned freelance writer who loves to share her lifelong experience with everything horse, farm and travel. Her work has been printed in more than two hundred equestrian magazine titles worldwide and her published articles number in the thousands including travel and lifestyle press.

A Brit who has called New York home for more than 37 years, Nikki brings a unique perspective to her writing.

Her experience as an international level Grand Prix dressage competitor, coach and worldwide clinician, with a youth spent showjumping and foxhunting, provides lots of educational truths and fun moments to share with the reader. Additionally she has been a horse breeder/importer of Hanoverian, Dutch and Iberian horses for 25+ years.

Together with her husband Paul, also a Grand Prix dressage rider, she lives in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York and operates an organic hay farm and dressage yard. She is the proud mother of three children, Tristan, James and Chelsea (twins), and the latter two have kept with the horse riding as adults.