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Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Did your schooling in social studies include the subject of geography? If so then you probably know a fair bit about the various types of geography that exist. Perhaps you used to wonder when you’d ever put all those hours of learning to good use in your life as a passionate equestrian.

An understanding and application of Geography 101 knowledge, which includes 3 major types of focus, Physical, Human and Regional Geography, are...

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March 1, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Matt Lee


Most homeowners have probably fallen in love with their backyard setup, and this love is only compounded if those same homeowners install a beautiful new patio gazebo. Let’s face it, gazebos do wonders for backyard spaces. Not only are gazebos wonderful at providing shade and a space to gather in the backyard, they are also the perfect focal point to center other backyard...

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March 1, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Lisa McAuliffe


Your dog’s outdoor kennel is designed to be their own special designated space, and a comfortable sanctuary where they can relax, unwind and stay protected from the elements. Outdoor kennels are as great for pets as they are for owners. Dogs can enjoy a larger covered area, where they can get some fresh air, and owners can give their pets their own space outside of the hustle and bustle of their home.

Here at Horizon Structures, we know that a high-quality, weather-resistant...

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February 19, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Coral Dawn Drake


Shelter dogs are typically going through one of the most difficult times in their lives. They are in a strange new place and have lost the families they've known so far. Shelter and animal rescue staff who are trying to make these dogs as comfortable as possible often find themselves with too few resources and too many dogs.

Substantial kennel time is necessary for most shelter dogs. There is typically not enough staff or volunteers to supervise dogs in multi-dog playgroups or out in play yards.

Until dogs are better-known...

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February 17, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Megan Brame


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As we become more connected to each other online, so too does the need to keep in touch with our loved ones while we travel (and that includes our pet family, too). Many kennels are now offering live streaming services for their boarding clients via webcams that can be used in browsers or through dedicated phone apps. These services have not only...

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February 16, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Matt Lee


As a homeowner, you should always be looking to upgrade and improve wherever possible. Even in the wintertime, there are outdoor projects you can complete and get a lot of usage out of.

Adding a pergola this winter is one project we definitely recommend. Pergolas have a ton to offer in terms of style and functionality, so in case you’ve got home...

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February 10, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you have ever participated in any role as part of the team as therapeutic riding program, you will know firsthand the sincere joy and truly amazing benefits that these specialist equestrian services produce.

My husband and myself are both dressage clinicians, and although without PATH certification, at times during our careers we have been requested to include high functioning autistic students in our clinics. Initially...

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February 10, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Canine comfort and health are always front and center when it comes to smart kennel design. Dogs deserve a clean, dry floor without dampness or moisture under paw. For kennel owners the amount of labor that daily cleaning rituals require to maintain a hygienic environment for their canines is a prime consideration when it comes to kennel design and selection. Everyone wants a kennel floor without flaws.

The floor surface must offer some...

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February 9, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


There’s no question that fallout from the Covid pandemic has precipitated many lifestyle changes. People from all walks of life have had time to re-evaluate their priorities and take a reflective glance at how far they’ve come, where they are now and where they want to go in the future.

In the horse world, ‘Women of a Certain Age’ are embracing the spirit of Equus and all that horse ownership offers. And why not! So many ladies put aside their childhood passion for horses as they matured out of their teenage years to enter the...

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January 20, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Originally posted on Porch.com

Evan Dunn

Raising chickens brings a slice of country living to your home in the city. Eggs fresh from the hen house are healthier and tastier than store-bought, and you get the satisfaction of knowing you farmed them yourself. Chicken litter—the spilled feed, shed feathers, chicken poop, and organic bedding that collects in the coop—is an excellent garden fertilizer and a great addition to...

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January 15, 2021 posted by Content Admin

Horizon Structures To The Rescue. Again!

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


As many of you already know, Horizon Structures is big on giving back to the equestrian community and regularly works with horse and animal rescues and sanctuaries, big and small.

For the past three years giving away a run-in shed or horse barn in a sweepstakes style contest has been a fixture of their Fall program, and this year the 2020 holiday season was made extra special for ten horse rescues and the ten folks that nominated them, with the Christmas Eve announcement of the...

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December 29, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Construction of an equestrian facility is no small project. The purchase of a suitable property to build the entity is just the beginning of a huge undertaking that will require a significant dedication of both dollars and diligence to detail, to accomplish the build.

What is the smart way to go about building your dream equestrian facility?

While key factors to consider include what will be built and where...

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December 23, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Matt Lee


As an owner of multiple dogs, there is no doubt that you want to show them the same love that they show you. However, this can be difficult when you do not have sufficient space in your home or outbuildings to give them the space or shelter they deserve.

If this is the case for you, it may be time to consider investing in a commercial dog kennel. Modern, scientific approaches to...

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December 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Rebecca Siggers


A number of our customers have purchased prefab Horizon Structures kennels for use as a dog boarding facility or part of a “doggie day care” center.  Others, considering entering in the pet sitting business, have come to our website or called us for information as part of the research phase of their project.

In keeping with our reputation as not only a trusted builder of outstanding prefab structures but also a reliable source of...

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December 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The year 2020 has changed employment from on site to remote for many horse owners. It is likely that employers will continue to take advantage of the increased productivity and lower direct costs to run a business location that off-site employment offers well after the Covid-19 pandemic is past. 

While it is a blessing to lose a commute, the onerous business of managing house, horses and a busy work schedule can be a challenge for...

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December 21, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Did you know that goats hate to get wet? Indigenous to dry, arid areas of the world, the goat has no innate love of water so providing shelter from rain and snow is a kindness they will much appreciate and use.

Housing goats at night is also important to protect them from predators, most notably the coyote, though there exists a multitude of offenders.

A securely fenced area is also imperative during the day, as neighborhood dogs that are allowed to roam free can also attack goats. 

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December 11, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The traditional working horse draft breeds of yesterday are seeing an increase in popularity in the U.S.A. due partly for their use as working horses on the homestead, but mainly as horses to own for fun and for competition in halter, driving and ridden classes. 

Following WW2, the number of draft horses worldwide was a pitiful number, particularly in Europe for obvious reasons. For instance, there were approximately only...

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December 2, 2020 posted by Content Admin

"Paws for Thought" From Horizon Structures Kennel Conundrum Newsletter

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


It's sad to say but lost revenue as a side effect of the Corona virus is an issue for many dog boarders. The Covid-19 crisis is affecting everyone, and kennel owners are no different. Businesses struggle to fill their kennels as patrons stay home and limit vacation and travel. The unfortunate result is boarding kennels dealing with diminished need for their services.

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November 12, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Purchasing hay supplies for equines is one of the largest expenses in the horse keeping budget.

Hay

Here are six easy hacks that can turn the tables on horse hay costs.

Quality Not Quantity

It makes no sense to purchase low quality hay. Horses can be picky eaters and low quality hay will often be discarded by horses, and/or tromped into the pasture and go to waste. 

Hay that is sold by the ton is fine for cows, as...

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October 28, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The joy that a horse innately brings to people is truly a gift worth giving. At just 32 inches high at his wither, mini therapy horse Dominique may be small in stature, but the amount of pleasure he brings to folks is HUGE

Everyone deserves love and happiness in their lives, especially folks that are suffering distress, trauma, loneliness and pain. The calm and gentle presence of this sweet miniature horse wins the hearts of all he...

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October 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

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