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Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith

Don’t Fool Around With Foal Safety

Foal Safety

The foal is the goal and the goal is to keep that foal happy and healthy. Every year foals die due to accidents. While some no-one could have foreseen, some are preventable. Many occur due to poor stall design.  Below are 7 easy ways to “baby proof” your barn…

1. The comfort and safety of ‘Mom’...

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May 2, 2017 posted by Content Admin

Blog by:  Kim Cabatuan, Outreach Specialist for Open Colleges

crate training for your puppy

Have you thought about keeping your dog in a crate especially if you tend to go out of the house for longer periods of time? Is placing a dog in a kennel safe? Is it even “right”?

If so, you might consider crate training for your puppy or full grown dog.

Dogs are actually den animals and they...

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April 28, 2017 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith



When Dreams and Reality Collide

Nikki Alvin Smith

Do you remember the first time you met a horse? Was it a monumental moment? Was it love at first sight?

For me the answer is a big fat YES! I lived on a tiny residential street in Southern England and three doors down the blacksmith toiled day after day and...

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April 24, 2017 posted by Content Admin

Part 5:  Site Prep

Site Prep

Most of Horizon Structures’ well designed buildings are delivered fully assembled.   The exception being a larger, modular barn. Quick. Easy. Instant. How awesome is that? Your only task is to have the site properly leveled, prepared and ready to herald this great event. Frankly, shed ground prep is not that complicated.

What do you need to do to prepare your site?

Once the sod has been removed from the pad and the dirt has been...

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March 28, 2017 posted by Content Admin

Part 4: Permits


Some people wrestle with whether or not they should obtain a permit for their prefab horse barn or indoor riding arena project.  They ask themselves "Why should I have to get a permit to put a building on my own property?"  As tempting as it might be to skip this process, putting up a barn without the permit could be a mistake you would later regret.  But, there’s more…

Obtaining the proper...

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February 17, 2017 posted by Content Admin

Part 3: Financing

Financing Barns

So far in our Prefabricated Barn Buying Process blog series we talked about the initial quote and designing/customizing your barn.   Next in the series – and equally as important to realizing the dream of building your own barn – is the means to pay for it! Today we’re covering barn financing. You can see more on our website HERE.


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January 12, 2017 posted by Content Admin

PART 2: Customizing Your Barn

Customizing Your Barn

Every Horizon Structures barn is built-to-order and; therefore, customized to some degree or another.  Your customization could be a simple as choosing the shingle color or as complex as completely rearranging the floor plan and adding every available option.

Chances are, you’ve been collecting ideas for your new prefabricated barn for some time now.  Each barn you pass...

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December 10, 2016 posted by Content Admin

Part 1: Getting a Quote

If you’re like most people who come to us for a prefabricated barn, you’ve done hours and hours of research looking for a building that’s going to meet your every want and need. What you’ve likely come to realize is that there are many builders out there to choose from but, more often than not, they don’t give you the quality, customizations, personalized service and guarantee that we offer here at Horizon Structures.

Our process helps ensure that we meet the needs...

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October 18, 2016 posted by Content Admin

Melissa Caughey

"Adventures with backyard chickens"

Today Melissa Caughey (founder of Tilly’s Nest) is a go-to for newbie and seasoned chicken owners alike, sharing her advice in Country Living Magazine, Grit Magazine and on HGTV Gardens.

On her blog Melissa writes about her day-to-day life of chicken keeping, teaching people how to raise happy, healthy fowl and giving readers an inside look at her hens’ lives. 

Tilly’s Nest...

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September 14, 2016 posted by Content Admin

What Does an Amish Wedding Have to do with Your Horse Barn, Shed or Garage?  Read on to find out…

As we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall our busy season is about to be in full swing! This exciting time of year has our phones ringing off the hook, email inboxes filling up and our craftsmen working as hard as ever as customers place orders they hope to see completed before winter arrives. 

But, it isn’t the influx of orders alone that has us working hard to meet deadlines. This is also a special time of year for our Amish employees and their ever-growing families....

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August 31, 2016 posted by Content Admin
Emily Chetkowski

Emily Chetkowski is a children's book author living in New Ipswich, where her shed row horse barn is now safely installed.

A Man, A Machine, and a 48ft Barn

It was 2:30 pm when the call came in, earlier than expected. “We’re in...

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March 14, 2015 posted by Jill Siragusa
Stall Door

The "Humble" Stall Door

Think about it… a horse stall door is not such a simple thing. In fact, it is probably the most used piece of barn equipment you have! Therefore, it’s definitely worth spending some time making the right choices and look at all your barn options to ensure your stall doors will be functional, safe, and something you’ll be happy to use for many years to...

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March 14, 2015 posted by Jill Siragusa to Horse Barns

Monday, October 21, 2013

It certainly has been a while since we have posted a new blog for all of our followers but when an opportunity arises to post such a great short story and pictures from a customer we can't resist posting. We hope you enjoy our Florida customer's new easy to clean chicken coop and pictures of his girls.

Chicks in a Coop
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November 1, 2014 posted by Jill Siragusa

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


For our blog this time we are fortunate enough to have a guest writer and current customer take us through her experience of buying our popular 5x6 Quaker chicken coop kit and assembling it with her husband. We thank Betsy for this insight in to taking on a project like this with no professional help.  It can be done folks and it can be fun. 
We will look forward to an update from...
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November 1, 2014 posted by Jill Siragusa

Do you have plans for chicken coops, but aren't sure where to start? The most common reason people raise chickens is for their eggs. If you are starting a chicken coop and have begun researching basic chicken coop plans, don't stop there! Many people have discovered web sites like Horizon Structures which offer pre-assembled, ready-to-use chicken shed plans. Horizon Structures has your budget in mind, and sells coops ranging from a pre-fab small chicken coop to a...

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November 1, 2014 posted by Jill Siragusa

We get calls every day from customers looking for a quote on a garage… but, many times, they don’t know what size they want!

Custom Built Car Garage

As a starting point for this topic, the most popular garage dimensions we build are: 12 x 24, 14 x 28, 20 x 20, and 24 x 24. Knowing that, consider 2 factors when determining what size garage to buy: the size vehicle(s) you’ll park inside and how much extra storage or work space you need...

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November 1, 2014 posted by Jill Siragusa

Erecting a garage on one's property is no small task. Today's consumer has many choices. From stick-built to prefab modular garages to canopy carports - all have aspects requiring planning and decision making.

From a 1 car prefab garage to garages with living quarters, Horizon Structures is a recognized leader in the sale of prefab and modular garages. We've compiled this list of Insider Tips to make sure you avoid some common pitfalls in the garage buying process AND get the BEST GARAGE possible...

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November 1, 2014 posted by Jill Siragusa

A barn is used for many things besides shelter for your livestock. Evaluate your needs before you begin building a barn.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where will you store your other tools and equipment?
  • How many horses do you / will you have?
  • What size / breed horses do you have?
  • Do you need room for a tractor, manure spreader, or other farm vehicles?
  • Have you considered adding an enclosed or open storage area within the barn?
  • What about using an (extra) stall to store smaller things or...
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November 1, 2014 posted by Jill Siragusa

Ideal horse stall dimensions depend on a few factors. If your horse will spend most of his time inside, you'll want something bigger. If he'll be getting lots of turnout, you can get away with something smaller. Nonetheless, a horse should be able to turn around, lie down, and get up comfortably. You should also consider how territorial your horse is. How well he gets along with others in close quarters. Should you opt for solid instead of barred stall partitions?  Our horse barns offer plenty of room for your...

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November 1, 2014 posted by Jill Siragusa

How Big of a Run-In Shed Do I Need?


Many people are unsure about what size run-in horse shed to buy. While there are some general guidelines regarding the optimal size, much of determining what size shelter is best depends on your horse(s).

Some online sources recommend providing a minimum space of 12'x12' for each horse. Another source recommends 10'x10'....

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November 1, 2014 posted by Jill Siragusa