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:
Fall is one of the best times of the year to enjoy having horses. The cooler weather gives us a reprieve from the hot summer sun, but it is not so cold that we have to worry about layering up just yet. Autumn is a great time to get some of those last ‘to-do’ projects done before winter sets in and take simple steps to make horse keeping easier in the coming months. Here are some things to consider accomplishing in the barn before things get too blustery:
When it comes to choosing stalls for your horse barn, it seems that the options are endless and can all get a bit confusing, so here are some ‘need to know’ options that will help you in the right direction to get the best stalls for your barn project. While some decisions are up to personal taste or the structure of the existing building, others really do come down to the safety and health of the horses that will occupy them.
These days, most horses will spend a much more significant part of their lives in stalls or in paddocks and pastures that do not resemble the grazing lifestyle intended by nature. Many designs of feeders attached higher on the wall, do not take into account that the horses teeth will not come into alignment until their head is down. That being the case, much hay is wasted when it is placed too high up because the horse will pull it down and then eat it off the ground.
What if you could not only save a little money, but benefit the environment as well? Sometimes it can take a little more upfront investment, but there is quite a bit of money to be saved when you invest in ‘green’ products. There is also the bonus of doing something good for the environment. Even small steps can have a big impact.
. This series will address some of the issues with mud, look at different options on how to fix some muddy situations and help with some suggestions on how to prevent mud from occurring. In this first installment, we will discuss how one group of trail riders decided to take advantage of an easy solution to fix a section of trail that had become nearly un-rideable.
A manure spreader can be a great tool for anyone who has horses. When properly utilized, it can make cleaning stalls a less daunting chore and can help turn a waste product into a helpful additive for pastures and fields. There are some questions you should consider when determining what spreader will work best for your farm. Choosing the right spreader and using it correctly can make managing manure a much easier task.
Mats provide a supportive layer for the horse to stand on that can help prevent soreness and fatigue from a damp, cold, or hard surface, while protecting the base of the stall from additional wear. Rubber mats can offer traction for the horse, preventing slipping and encouraging them to lay down to rest. While shavings are still generally needed when housing on rubber mats, it can make the stall cleaning easier and the amount of shavings can be reduced leading to significant cost savings over time.