Just like us, horses enjoy a cozy space when the winter wind starts to blow and part of that is picking the best bedding for horses to give them a warm, dry place to stand and lay down. Taking the time to evaluate bedding options will lead to selecting a product that is economical, fits the purpose, and is healthy for your horse. Here are a few things to consider when choosing bedding:
When designing a wash area for your horse, no matter if it is interior or exterior, there are a few things to consider that will make the space functional and safe for years to come. Primarily, location, size, flooring and the right accessories will make all the difference in making this a worthwhile investment for your home barn.
So, what are the different elements that go into making a great wash area?
As we learn more about what’s best for our horses, we are finding that providing a more natural environment is one of the healthiest ways for them to thrive. If you are looking for ways to think outside the box and explore different models of horse keeping, I encourage you to consider “Paddock Paradise”. I was intrigued by this brilliant concept that creates a much more natural way of pasturing for horses. It provides an enriching environment while achieving a symbiotic relationship with the land.
Spring is the best time for making new plans, getting a fresh perspective and the annual spring cleaning! While the spring clean is often relegated to the home or garage, it is by far more fun to get out to the barn and spring clean for your equine companions. Not sure where to start? Here is a simple list of to-do’s to get your barn and pasture spruced up for the spring season.
Mud season seems to be longer and longer every year. Thawing ground and spring showers can mean muddy gate areas, feeding areas, and pathways. Think about improving the ground by adding Mud Grids or Paddock Slabs. By amending the ground and fortifying it with a product that will stabilize muddy areas making it easier and safer for both you and your horses. These products are easy to install and require little ground preparation.
Winter weather can mean horses are stuck spending more time inside or don’t get as much ride time as usual. Horses are herd animals, so when they are confined to their stalls, it can be helpful to provide them with some options to help keep them preoccupied in the winter months when the weather is too inclement for them to get outside. Enrichment toys and activities can also keep horses busy when they are outside in the pasture together and there isn’t as much grazing opportunity.
Chances are, if you have one horse or a whole barnful, you have a lot of horse related things. More likely, those items can end up scattered between your barn, garage, horse trailer or house. Equestrians invest a lot of money in the tack and products we use for our horses, so it makes sense to protect that investment by keeping things neat, clean, and organized.
Most horse owners dream of one day bringing their horses’ home. It is an image that can conjure thoughts of watching your horses munching grass out of the kitchen window while you are doing dishes. Maybe you are looking forward to morning trips to the barn with a cup of coffee in hand and being greeted by the nickers of excitement followed by the calming sound of horses eating hay in their stalls. However, bringing horses home can be expensive and challenging. So, if your new year’s resolution is to make this dream a reality, you will want to make sure that you have thought through what you will need to make this transition a happy one.
There is a saying, “No matter how bad your day is going, just remember you have a horse” Isn’t it true? Owning a horse puts us in a special category of people, we aren’t just average, we have something special that some people only get to dream of, the companionship of a majestic creature that can give us wings. We get to go out to the barn and seek the solace and comfort of the animals, they get us out, working and riding in the fresh air. No matter what the news is reporting, horses still need to be cared for, fed and worked. In an ever-changing world it is comforting to know that these things don’t change.
One of the biggest reasons for looking at different styles of feeders is to help with feed cost savings. If you can employ a feeder that helps save feed, you will typically see a return on investment within a few months of feed bills. Additionally, many of the feeders that are made for horses are now looking at ways to help slow horses down when eating which is more natural and better for their digestive health.
There are a lot of different feeder options that can help save your hay from being wasted and save you money on your feed bill throughout the winter and beyond. So, if you are thinking of investing in a feeder or would like to upgrade to something that work better for your horses and your facility, keep the following in mind: