Posts Tagged ‘stable’
Posted in 101 Horsekeeping Tips, Barn, Facilities, Flooring, Horsekeeping Almanac, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, Management, Pen or Run, Stall Mats, Your Horse Barn, tagged concrete pad, equine, horse barn, horse flooring, horse loafing area, horsekeeping, management, stable on October 11, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Barn, Ceiling, Facilities, Horse Housing, Your Horse Barn DVD, tagged barn, barn ceiling, barn ventilation, horse barn, horsekeeping, management, sanitation, stable, ventilation on June 16, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Our barn needs a new ceiling. It’s currently very old foamboard which is covered in mildew and mold. We need a material that will breathe and will be light reflective. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated by us and the horses. Thank you! Sherri
I don’t know of a material for your application that would be both breathable and light reflective. I would suggest a polyiso material with white reflective surface for the ceiling surface. To dissipate the moisture produced by keeping horses in the barn you’ll need to install a sufficient number and size of vents in the walls, ceiling and roof.
Polyiso is made of a polyisocyanurate foam core faced with 1.25 mil embossed white acrylic-coated aluminum on one side and 1 mil smooth aluminum on the other. It is installed with the embossed white surface facing into the barn.
Posted in Arena, Barn, Books, Facilities, Fencing, Fly Control, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, Management, Pasture, Pen or Run, Sanitation, tagged cherry hill, equine, horse, horse care, horsekeeping, management, stable on June 10, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I am hoping to connect with Cherry Hill about the definition of the basic keeping of horses. I live in Massachusetts and recently purchased a 12+ acre parcel for the purpose of building a barn and both indoor and outdoor riding rings. We are living on the property. I have obtained my Animal Keeping Permit and Building Permit from the Town.
One of the abutters in not pleased with the prospect of my project and is objecting through various means. I am trying to connect with experts in the care and keeping of horses to help confirm that horses are “kept” in stables/barns and paddocks (turnout) and the indoor riding ring is not where horses are “kept”.
I greatly appreciate your time and consideration.
The definition of horsekeeping, I’m afraid, has about as many definitions as there are horsekeepers ! It can range from a bare bones dirt lot to deluxe accommodations and hand-on care. Sadly some poor horsekeeers do make a bad impression on non-horse people and it is no wonder why problems arise.
Responsible, conscientous, mindful horsekeeping does indeed include barns, pens, paddocks, turnout areas and daily care. However, many times when time and money constraints arise, horsekeepers cut corners and those shortcuts can result in unsightly changes to the property and possible sanitation and health issues for neighbors.
In terms of a legal definition, I’ve been contacted over the years by various townships, cities, and counties as they try to establish legal parameters for keeping horses. Number of horses per acre, types of fencing, the distance buildings and horses must be from adjacent properties, fugitive dust that is churned up in paddocks and outdoor arenas and much much more.
Each locale has its own laws and wording so it would be best for you to work your appeal within the wording of your specific laws. Stating things appropriately for Larimer County Colorado for example might be inappropriate for your location and might cause an unintended issue to arise.
If you care to write more specifics, please feel free. In the meantime, be sure to use my book Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage as a reference guide. And browse the articles on my website horsekeeping.com
Best of luck,
What is the best kind of flooring to have in a stall? We are building a new horse barn and want to know about the stall floor to make it as easy to keep clean as possible. The stalls will be 10ft. by 16ft. the stalls will be used to feed and hold a horse for foaling.
Thanks for your time.
I prefer interlocking rubber mats over decomposed granite or another well-draining, well packed base. I bed with shavings normally but use bright oat straw for foaling.
Posted in Barn, Facilities, Pen or Run, Sanitation, tagged barn, equine, health care, horse, horse barn, horse care, horse pen gravel, horse stall, management, pea gravel, pen gravel, stable, swinging stall wall, turnout pen on October 8, 2010| Leave a Comment »
I’m new to horses, my 8 year old daughter has always been fascinated with horses and I’ve finally decided to get started. we are visiting some stables now to pick one for her to begin riding lessons before we purchase a horse. I’m currently building a barn and working on the stalls. I was reading in your book, Horsekeeping on Small Acreage, that you used a moving wall to allow you have a larger stall if needed. Could you provide me with some additional information on how you built the wall to move? My stalls are 10′ wide by 12′ deep. It will be the 12′ that needs to move, since I’m only 10′ wide that would be all that could swing to the back wall. Do I leave a 2′ section permanent on the from wall or does it need to hinge back to give the full opening? Just curious how you built yours to help me with my design.
Also had a question about the pen for daily turnout and bad weather, I plan to have approximately 30 x 30 pen at the back of my barn to use for this, the book mentions that this could be graveled. What would be your preference for the gravel type? Are there any con’s to having them turned out on the gravel?
The book has been great, Thanks for your help….Kevin
So glad you found my book helpful ! You sound like you are approaching horse ownership and your daughter’s experience in a logical way. Bravo to that.
First to the swinging stall wall. One of our stalls was set up like yours, with the 12′ side being the swinging side, we left the extra 2 feet as a solid wall. Actually this makes for a nice nook for a water pail or grain bucket. And having a solid wall portion there adds stability for fastening the swinging panel when it is closed to make two stalls. Our 2″ wall portion is on the aisle side and the hinged partition is on the exterior wall side of the barn if that makes sense.
Since you have my book Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, look on page 108. The short wall where the turquoise bucket is is the 2 foot wall on the aisle side of the stall and if you look over at the right hand side of the photo, you’ll see the 10 foot hinged wall fastened on the back wall of the stall.
There is detailed coverage of the swinging wall construction in our How-To video Your Horse Barn.
Then for the pen gravel question, if you look on page 42 there is a photo of a handful of pen gravel which is 3/8- pea gravel. You can read more about it here on my website Horsekeeping. There is also detailed coverage of pen gravel in the 2-DVD set Your Horse Barn mentioned above.
Best of luck with your new venture !
How high should cross tie rings be installed?
Thanks a bunch! Paddy
That is going to depend on the width of your aisle and the height of your horses. My barn aisle where my cross ties are located is 10 1/2 feet wide and I have 15 hand horses.
The 5″ diameter tie rings are mounted approximately 80 inches from the barn floor. They are attached to heavily reinforced wall studs with 3″ x 3/8″ lag bolts. The cross tie ropes are each approximately 5 feet long when tied. I tie them to the cross tie rings with a quick release knot. Tying instead of hard splicing onto the rings allows you to find that perfect adjustment.
This set up works great for me and is featured in all of my books that show me grooming, vacuuming, clipping and tacking up my horses in that area.
Posted in Management, Sanitation, tagged barn, cherry hill, flies, fly, fly control, fly spray, grooming, health care, horse, horse barn, horse care, horse flies, horseflies, horsekeeping, management, sanitation, stable, stable flies on May 26, 2010| 1 Comment »
How to Control Flies
on Your Horse, around the Stable and
Horse Barn – Part 1
If you look in your favorite equine supply catalog, you could find up to 15 pages of fly control products! During fly season, the shelves of your local feed or tack store will display a myriad of insecticides, repellents, fly traps, baits, and masks. The choices for fly control products can be overwhelming. However, if you arm yourself with some basic fly facts and gain an appreciation for the importance of management, you’ll have a better chance of winning your war against flies.
Stable flies, horseflies, deerflies, horn flies, and face flies are a menace to your horse’s health and well-being. Stable flies, by far the most common, are the same size as a house fly but while house flies just feed on garbage and spread filth, stable flies (both males and females) suck your horse’s blood. Common feeding sites include the lower legs, flanks, belly, under the jaw, and at the junction of the neck and the chest. When stable flies have finished feeding, they seek shelter to rest and digest.
The bite of a blood-sucking fly is painful and some horses have such a low fly tolerance that they can be driven into a snorting and striking frenzy or an injurious stampede. Even fairly tough horses, subjected to a large number of aggressive stable flies, might spend the entire day stomping alternate legs which can cause damaging concussion to legs, joints, and hooves, and result in loose shoes, and loss of weight and condition.
Stable flies breed in decaying organic matter. Moist manure is a perfect medium. The life cycle is 21 to 25 days from egg to adult. A female often lays twenty batches of eggs during her thirty day life span. Each batch contains between 40-80 eggs. When the eggs hatch, the adult flies emerge ready to breed. (The clouds of small flies on manure are often mistaken for immature stable flies but in fact are a different type of fly which may play an important part in the decomposition of the manure.) The number of flies produced by one pair of adults and their offspring in thirty days is a staggering figure in the millions. That’s why fly prevention is the most important line of defense in your war against flies.
FIVE LINES OF DEFENSE IN YOUR WAR ON FLIES
Your first line of defense is
TO PREVENT FLIES FROM BREEDING.
For those flies that manage to breed, your second line of defense is
TO PREVENT THE LARVAE FROM HATCHING.
If some of the larvae succeed in hatching, your third line of defense is
TO CAPTURE ADULTS FLIES IMMEDIATELY.
For flies that escape your previous four efforts, your fifth line of defense is
TO PROTECT YOUR HORSE.
Watch for parts 2 and 3 of this post coming later this week.