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Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Whatever your budget and whatever your new barn design, orchestrating a new barn build is an exciting time. However, that excitement makes it is easy to overlook important details during the purchasing process. Here are some tips to help you stay on track when shopping for the perfect barn.

Tip # 1

Buy Good Quality

The longevity of your barn will depend on good craftsmanship in the build and top-quality materials being used for its construction. Horses dish out some serious abuse on stall walls...

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May 6, 2019 posted by Content Admin

It’s no surprise that most kids love to swing. There’s something magical about that feeling of flying through the air, wind in your face, toes reached out into the sky trying to tickle the clouds.

Swing Set

But research suggests that swinging may not only be fun, but also help children develop important brain-body connections that they’ll bring into adulthood.

The Vestibular System: Your Child’s Sixth Sense.

You know those five senses we learned about in school: sight, smell,...

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May 6, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Whether you are expanding your boarding operation or starting afresh with the first horse barn on your property, the possibilities for barn design and style can be overwhelming. Considerations of the use of the structure, size and layout of stalls and ancillary rooms for tack and feed supplies, choice of fixtures and fittings, budget and timelines all contribute to the important decision of what to build. One of the most versatile and most desired options in style is the High Profile horse barn, and there are many good reasons why....

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April 19, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The crowds came out at the PA Horse World Expo, held February 28th through March 3rd, 2019, at Harrisburg, PA, to witness the conclusion of the 2nd Annual 90-day challenge to bring a horse from Rescue to Stardom. The culmination of a journey between rescue horses and trainers, the final competition drew a large audience and was an extremely popular event. The ultimate winning combination was trainer Jeff Michaels, and a horse named RPM (Rescue Performance Machine). The handsome black gelding was rescued as a stallion by Kelly Smith of...

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April 9, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The rise in popularity of rustic, casual barn weddings has expanded to include using a similar setting for all types of events.

Casual Barn Weddings

As a barn building company, we regularly get calls from creative entrepreneurs inspired to purchase one of our modular barns – sans the equine-related accoutrements such as stalls, chew guards, barred windows...

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April 8, 2019 posted by Content Admin

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

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


With mosquito season around the corner it may be prudent to consider how you can protect your horse barn from bird infestation. While we may not mind the presence of sparrows or finches nesting in barn rafters, or pigeons flying around the indoor arena, unfortunately breeding sites for birds do pose a threat to horse health. Birds and barns go together like bats and belfries. The presence of nesting birds, due to the mess their droppings can cause with unwanted decoration of walls and walkways, can drive some barn owners mad.

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February 19, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


In the wonderful world of horse ownership we often find ourselves on the move as we upgrade to a larger property or downsize to a smaller one. When you have horses the move can become complicated, as you have to leave behind your horses’ living structures and fenced paddocks. Unless your new property is already set up for horses you may need to board them out temporarily while you construct a new shelter. A great solution to save you those out of pocket expenses is the portable run-in shed.

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February 13, 2019 posted by Content Admin

I don’t know about you, but the cabin fever is REAL in our house right now. With temperatures plummeting and frost creeping up the windows, I’m dreaming of warm spring days, open doors and the sweet sounds of children’s spirited adventures…outside.

Children and Playset

You too? Maybe it’s time to finally invest in that backyard playset you’ve been thinking about. It’s never too early to start planning for spring. But with all the options out there, how on earth do you know which...

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February 1, 2019 posted by Content Admin

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

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