Barn Management

Barn Management

Loads of good articles about some common, and some uncommon, barn management issues.

 

Tips for your first horse show Plan ahead for less panic   Help your horse and your pasture during drought

Crispy grass happens, you can be prepared.

  Horse show etiquette

Mind your P’s and Q’s

Best practices for slow-feeding horses For mind and body   Clean your horse’s stall with his health in mind. Your horse’s skin and respiratory system will thank you.   Eating Hay and Drinking with Grazing Muzzles They must be able to drink, and sometimes eat hay, too.   8 Ways to Make Mucking Stalls Easy Make mucking stalls easier with these tips! From how to position your wheelbarrow, tips for stall mucking tools, and bedding ideas.   93 Easy Barn Hacks for Equestrians 93 of the easiest and most helpful barn hacks around. For the equestrian, for horse grooming, barn managment, for horse shows, and even barn hacks for medicating your horse.   How to Clean and Disinfect your Barn, Horse Supplies, and Leather Tack. Time to clean and disinfect the barn and all of it’s contents – including the leather tack!   Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Barn and Horse Chorses A handy list of common barn chores to be done daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.   Inspect and Walk Your Horse’s Pastures! The many reasons why you should walk and inspect your horse’s pastures!   Grooming Area Pet Peeves and Dangers Some easy things to do for making your horse grooming time much safer in the cross ties.   Horse Owner Insurance – You Should CYA! Some basic types of insurance to carry if you are a horse owner.   How to Get Your Horse’s Dry Lot Ready for Winter Some handy tips for getting your horse’s dry lot ready for winter. Make sure there’s drainage, and food and water are easy to deliver and keep out of mud.   Taking Care of Your Riding Arena – the Basics How to easily stay ahead of arena maintenance with a few tips.   Holes in Your Horse’s Pasture – What You Can Do How to deal with holes in your horse’s pasture. Pasture holes are a hazard to horses, but you can get rid of them and help stop them from coming back.   Avoid These Dangerous Types of Shavings and Bedding For Your Horse Some types of shavings to be used for horse bedding are dangerous, such as black walnut shavings. Other types are less ideal, such as cedar when used indoors.   How You Can Help Prevent Horse Barn Fires Ideas on how you can make your horse barn a little safer from a fire.   Could Your Horse Benefit From Steamed Hay? The pros and cons of steamed hay, and what to consider.   How to Clean and Preserve Your Horse’s Rusty Horseshoe! Just in case you want to save one of your horse’s shoes, I give you some easy things to do to get the rust off and preserve the shoe.   How To Safely Ride Your Horse In The Snow! Easy things to check for before you head out on your horse for a ride in the snow. Make sure the footing is safe, your horse is fit, and there are no hidden dangers!   Is It Safe For Your Horse To Eat Frosty Grass? Should your horse eat frosty grass? Is there a colic risk? What about laminitis? Will he get a brain freeze?   Does Your Horse’s Water Trough Need Fish? Some reasons why, and why not, to add fish to your horse’s trough. It might help with cleaning up algae, and it might more chores.   How To Keep Your Car From Smelling Like the Horse Barn Easy tips to keep the horse and manure and barn smells out of your car! Mostly…   How to Decorate the Barn for the Holidays Without a Vet Bill! Tips for keeping your horse safe when decorating the barn for the holidays. No need to get a Vet bill or a visit from the Fire Department.   How To Transition Your Horse to Grass Pasture Ideas on how you can safely transition your horse to grass pasture, and some things to consider as you do.   How To Create A Horse Budget How to create a budget for your horse habit! Dig deep with a downloadable spreadsheet that you can tailor to your horse’s needs.   Organization Tips For Your Horse’s Stuff At The Barn Ideas on how you can get your horse’s stuff – tack, supplies, and everything else, organized at the barn.   How to Keep Your Horse Blankets Clean(ish) This Winter Tips for keeping your horse’s blankets tidy and mostly clean in the winter. Diligent brushing and careful storage can lengthen the time between horse blanket washings.   10 Things I Have Taken From Home To Use At The Barn! It’s fine to borrow a few things from home to use on your horses.   Is Your Horse Riding Arena Safe? Simple things to consider before you ride your horse, such as the safety of your riding ring! How’s the footing, the lighting, the ventilation?   Sweeping the Barn Aisle – Leaf Blower or Broom? Options for cleaning the aisle in your horse barn include denial, the broom, and a leaf blower. Which is best for your horse’s lungs?   The Many Uses of Zeolites at the Barn – and Home How you can use zeolites at the barn and home to control odors, soak up ammonia, eliminate pet smells, and more!   How to Keep Your Horse Comfortable at a Horse Show Tips for making your horse super comfortable at a horse show. No stress allowed!   Don’t Accidentally Poison the Barn Cats A handy list of things that are poisonous to cats, and that your barn cats might get into!   Zeolites for Outdoor Use on Ice and Slippery Surfaces You can use zeolites at the barn to help gain traction on icy or slippery surfaces.   Zeolites for Bug Control at the Barn The many uses of zeolites at the barn – including bug control!   Get an Instant Hot Kettle for the Barn A fabulous listicle of all the reasons you and your horse need an insta-hot kettle at the barn.   Bank Your Horse’s Stall Walls Ideas on why you might want to bank the shavings in your horse stall up against the walls.   The Cross Tie Area – How to Make Your Grooming Area Safe for Your Horse Ideas on how your horse’s grooming area can be as safe as possible – if you use cross ties or not!   Should You Feed Your Horse’s Hay or Grain First? Why you might want to feed your horse his hay first, then his grain. Helps with digestion.   Horse Pasture – Warm and Cool Season Grasses and NSC Values An intro into two types of horse pasture grasses – the cool season and the warm season grasses. Also, how they differ in NSC values.   Frozen Ground – Keep Your Horse Safe Learn more about frozen ground, it’s dangers, and what you can do about it. Keep your horse safe from slipping, concussion, bruises, and more that can result from frozen ground.   Cold Weather Hacks for Barn Chores and Riding When it’s Freezing! Some ideas on how to make cold weather chores and horseback riding much more comfortable!   7 Things You Might Find in Your Horse’s Hay Some things you might find in your horse’s hay – from bugs to animals to weeds. Some fine, some really not fine.   New Horse Checklist Your new horse needs some stuff – a team, grooming supplies, and medical records in order. Here’s a handy checklist to make sure your unicorn is all set when he arrives!   The Many Uses for Baking Soda at the Barn! Keep a box or two of baking soda around to help you clean up the barn.   How Hay is Made Behind the scenes of how hay is made. Get to know the mower conditioner, the tedder, and the baling machine.   Is Your Horse’s Stall Trying to Hurt Your Horse? Simple ways to see if your horse’s stall has it out for your horse. Think of it as how to bubble wrap his stall.   How to Safely Clean Up Rodent Droppings at the Barn There’s one way to clean up mice and rat droppings at the barn – and it better not be with a broom!   Use Fewer Shavings at the Barn and Save Some Dough. A few ideas on how you may be able to use fewer shavings for your horse – and save some money in the process!   Get the Farm Ready For Fall and Winter! Time to double up on chores and make sure the horse barn and farm are ready for winter!   Get Rid of the Damp and Mold in Your Barn! Tips on getting rid of damp areas, mold and mildew smell in your barn!   Your Horse, Cow, Dog, and Cat Can Share Their Stuff! Sometimes you can poach your horse stuff for the dog, your cow stuff for your horse, and your barn stuff for the cat!   The Horse Barn Fridge and Freezer- Necessities and Luxuries What to store in the horse barn fridge and freezer!   Horses, Goats, and Poison Ivy – All Of The Details! How to battle poison ivy around the barn, and also maybe goats.   Ideas for Saving Money at the Barn! Horses are expensive – but you can save some dollars here and there! Ideas to get you rolling.   Stall Cleaning Tools and Tips! Getting back to basics – clean your horse’s stall the best way with the best tools!   Hit the Grocery Store to Stock Up on Horse Supplies! Sometimes you can combine errands and get a lot of your horse shopping done at the grocery store. Many barn supplies, like cleaning supplies, are more affordable at the grocery store.   How to Keep Water Buckets From Freezing at the Barn No horse wants to lick ice to get water. Help your dude out by using tried and true tested bucket warming techniques.   Horse Boredom Busters for Winter Days Ideas on how to bust your horse’s boredom when the winter days are full of bad weather and limited turn out!   Dealing with Cobwebs and Spiders at the Barn I’m not a fan of creepy crawlies anyway, but the barn is no place for cobwebs and spiders!   How to Report Horse Drugging or Doping A touchy subject, but one that can be handled with care and anonymity. Learn how you can report illegal substances in show horses!   Arena Care Basics! Keep your arena base and footing lasting longer by following some simple tips!   Beet Pulp for Horses Beet pulp is a great way to supplement your horse’s fiber and energy needs!   Goats and Horses Go Together Like PB and J I will stop at nothing to make the case for having a goat. Turns out, they are great companions and pasture cleaner-uppers, too.   Compressed Hay and Hay Cubes For Horses Some great reasons to use compressed hay bales and hay cubes for your horse!   Should Your Horse Eat With a Bit? Why your horse should (or should not) eat with a bit in his mouth!   How to Select a Feed Store For Your Horse Ideas on what makes a good feed store for your horse, versus one that is “meh”.   What You Need to Travel Across State Lines With Your Horse You will need more than a map to cross state lines with your horse! Get a coggins and a travel certificate as well before you hit the road.   Fly Traps – The Good, The Bad, The Homemade Ideas on why fly traps may be great for your horse barn, and how to make your own fly traps!   Tips for Spending the Night at the Barn. Sometimes you are stuck at the barn overnight – some ideas on how to make the best of it!   Acorns Are Toxic To Horses! The scoop on acorns, horses, and what to do if your horse binge eats a bunch of acorns.   Your Horse + Clover = Slobbers Why clover can sometimes cause the slobbers in horses!   Horse Barns and Bird Nests -What to Do! What you can do about bird nests in the barn, and why you may want to consider discouraging birds from living in the barn! There is a risk of some disease being passed from bird to horse if bird dropping land in your horse’s feed.   When to Isolate a Horse – Keep the Herd Safe! Guidelines for when to isolate a horse from the rest of the barn and pastures.   Horses and Chickens – Can You Mix Them Together? What’s the deal with chickens and horses? Can they be buddies at the barn?   The Barn Bulletin Board! Some ideas on what to put on the barn’s bulletin board! For fun, for safety, for emergencies.   What To Know About Pasture Grass and NSC values! The basics about NSC values, high laminitis risk horses, and grazing your horse in pasture!   Homemade Horse Treats! Some ideas on how you can make your own horse treats!   How to Strip Your Horse’s Stall! Some stuff to think about when you are stripping your horse’s stall. Get ready for a workout!   Wheat Bran Mashes for Horses – Pros and cons! Why wheat bran mashes can be good, and not so good for horses!   The Pros and Cons of Green Grass Paddocks for Horses! Why I love, and don’t love, the grass horse paddock.   Cold, Bad Weather: Bring The Horses In, Or Let Them Stay Out? Should you bring your horses in during really bad weather? Like ice and snow and sub-zero temperatures?   Is There a Place For Music at The Barn? Should you play music as you work around the horses?   Add Water to Your Horse’s Meals! Why your horse will thank you for wetting his pellets and grains before you feed!   Does Your Horse’s Wound Need a Bandage? How You (and Your Veterinarian) can decide if your horse’s wound needs to be covered.   Barn and Horse Supplies You Can Share Between Horses How to be practical and safe at the same time when it comes to sharing horses supplies and tack at the barn!   Make Sure Your Horse’s Feeds and Grains are Fresh! No horse wants to eat fuzzy or moldy food – how to make sure your horse grains and feed stay fresh!   How to Keep the Humans Cool at the Barn! Keep yourself cool and safe from heat related illnesses while you work at the barn!   What To Do With The Horses During a Lightning Storm Ideas on how you can make your horses safer during a lightning storm.   The Benefits of Dry Lots as Turn Out for Horses Some horses, and some farms, can greatly benefit from a dry lot or sacrifice lot turnout for horses.   What to Consider When You Retire Your Horse! What to consider when you are thinking of retiring your horse!   Pasture Living Can be Better Than Stall Living! A brief summary of why horses kept outside in paddocks or pastures have it best!   Reduce Wasted Hay at Your Barn! How you can stretch your dollars and have your hay deliveries last longer by reducing wasted hay at the barn!   People Emergencies at the Barn – Make a Plan! Some ideas on how to create an emergency plan at the barn – for people!   Stall Living VS. Pasture Living – Why Stalls are “Better” Why it’s important for all horses to learn to live in stalls!   How to Safely Introduce a Horse to a Herd.  How you can introduce your horse to a herd living situation!   Create a Safe Area for Your Horse’s Farrier to Work! Top tips for creating a safe area for your farrier to work on your horse!   Outdoor Bedding Options for Your Horse’s Run or In-and-Out Great options for outdoor bedding for your horse’s run, attached to the barn.   Train Your Horse to Take Oral Medications Ideas on how to give your horse oral medications via syringe without him leaping into the next county.   Automatic Horse Waterer or Old Fashioned Bucket For Horses? The pros and cons of both automatic waterers and water buckets for your horse.   How to Help the Picky Eater! Is your horse a picky eater? Here’s how to narrow down some reasons, and a few ideas to entice your horse to eat.   Barn Shopping? Some questions to ask! Handy checklist of questions to ask a potential new barn for your horse!   The Top Five Barn Safety Violations Five common barn safety violations that take seconds to remedy – be safe and keep your horses safe!   How to Train the Uncatchable Horse to be Caught! When faced with a horse that would rather not be caught, it’s time to retrain your horse! The uncatchable horse doesn’t typically run out of being spooked or panicked, but instead being untrained.   What You Should Know About Hay Pellets The pros and cons of using hay pellets for your horse!   Help for the Hard Keeper Horse in Winter Ideas to help your hard keeper horse stay plump this winter!   Ideas for Catching a Panicked Horse Ideas on how to catch a panicked horse. The horse brain often goes into fight or flight mode, understanding the flight mode can help you safely catch a panicking horse.   Can Horses Eat Pumpkin? How to safely feed pumpkin as a treat for horses!   How You Can Tidy Up Your Horse’s Hay Dunking Habit How to make your horse’s hay dunking habit a bit cleaner and less time consuming for you!   How to Clean the Water Trough Some ideas on how to best clean your horse;s water trough, and keep it clean and critter free for your horse!   Tidy up the Barn Aisle by Expertly Folding Your Horse’s Blankets Easy steps to fold horse blankets for a polished look down the barn aisle.   How You Can Skimp On Shavings For Your Horse Ideas for creating a minimal shavings barn by using fewer shavings.   Train your Horse to Behave for Injections! Easy steps to train your horse to be still and calm during injections.   Horse Health Record Keeping – Easy Ways to Record it All! Some tips on tracking and planning for your horse’s health needs.   How You Can Make Your Horse’s Wash Rack Safer Tips and ideas for making a safe wash rack in your barn for your horse!   Easy Ways to Make Your Horse Paddock Gates Safe How you can maximize safety around the gates on your horse property!   Make your Barn’s Wire Fencing Safer Some safety points about wire fencing and horses!   Horses and Fireworks Don’t Have to = Pandemonium How horse owners can help alleviate the stress and panic that often occurs when horses hear and see fireworks.   Stop Your Horse from Bolting his Food Some ideas on how you can slow down the crazy fast eating horse, for his own safety!   Mosquito Control at the Barn Ways you can reduce the population of mosquitos at the horse barn. Mosquitos carry many diseases, including some that are deadly to horses.   Bug Control at the Barn – For You! How you can avoid being eaten alive by bugs at the horse barn!   Does Your Horse Have Safe Turnout Behavior? What You Can Do! Ideas on how to make your horse less likely to go from “peaceful turnout” to “going to take out the fence”. Tips on how to make turnout safer for your horse!   How to Make your Horse Paddocks and Turnouts Safe! Some easy ways to assure your horse turnout paddocks are safe for your horse!   Your Horse’s Stall Card Some basic and extra information that you may want to include on your horse’s stall card.   Getting the Horse Barn ready for Summer! Necessary chores to get the barn ready for summer!   Feeding the Herd of Horses- Best Practices How horse owners can safely feed a herd of horses.   Rattlesnakes and Horses – What to do if Your Horse is Bitten! The scoop on rattlesnake behaviors, and how horse owners can prevent and treat rattlesnake bites.   Your Feed Room – Storing Grains and Supplements Good techniques for horse owners to use when storing grains and supplements.   Your Horse’s Run-In Shed or Shelter – How to Make it Safe The basics of a good run in shelter for your horses!   Shipping Fever in Horses The basics of shipping fever in horses – the causes, how to prevent shipping fever, and how to spot shipping fever in horses.   Fire Ant Management at the Barn How horse owners can battle the fire ant to keep their horses safe and pastures clear. No one wants a pile of stinging fire ants in their pasture!   Treats for Horses – the Good, the Iffy, and the Bad The scoop on treats for horses – what’s safe, what’s questionable, and what’s never OK to feed.   The Deep Litter Bedding System for Your Horse’s Stall The deep litter bedding system for a horse owner is a stall cleaning system that can save time and hassle, not to mention shavings.   Slow Feeders for Horses Could your horse benefit from the use of a slow feeder?   That Ammonia Smell in Your Horse’s Stall – Get Rid of It! Tips for Grooms on getting rid of the ammonia smell in their horse’s stalls.   How to Encourage Your Horse to Drink!   Tips and tricks for keeping dehydration at bay! Learn to entice your horse to drink more.   What to Tell Your Horse Sitter When You Go on Vacation! A handy checklist for the horse owner of all the things your caretaker needs to know while you are gone for vacation.   Space Saving Ideas for Your Barn Some ideas on how you can keep your grooming supplies and horse items more ideally stored at the barn!   How to Keep Your Horse Hydrated in the Winter!  Dehydration in the winter can be prevented, with some easy tips and some understanding about how horses like to drink.   Fall Barn Chores to Get Ready for Winter at the Barn Some things to do and get together before winter rolls around. Have your rig, your barn, your horses ready!   The Best Practices for Feeding Hay The hows and whys about feeding hay – what works best for horses!   Settling in at a Horse Show Some practical things to do to help your horse settle in at the shows!   How to Help the Horse That Weaves Horses that weave can often be helped with a few handy tricks and tips, including a mirror!   Secure Your Tack and Horse Supplies at Home and at Horse Shows! To protect your “stuff” and tack at the barn, you have some options for locks.   Stall Kicking – how to protect your barn How you can protect your barn and fencing from a horse that habitually kicks.   The Easiest Ways to Crush Your Horse’s Pills! Tips and techniques for pill crushing, to make medicating your horse easier!   Prevent your Horse from Being Cast in a Stall How you might be able to reduce the chance that your horse gets cast in his stall.   Horse Identification and Proof of Ownership How horse owners can identify their horses, and what it takes to prove ownership.   Barn Safety Keep your horses and your barn safe with these tips.   Creating an Evacuation Plan For Your Horse How horse owners and barn owners can organize an evacuation plan before one is needed!   Cleaning Your Horse’s Stall Walls…ugh…. Some proven techniques for cleaning your horse’s stall walls – even the crusty manure, food, and snot.   Should the Stall Doors be Open or Closed When the Stall is Empty? Should you leave the stall doors open or closed when the stall is empty?   How to Set Up a Stall at a Horse Show How to set up your horse’s show stall for a weekend (or longer) of grooming fun at a horse show.   ZAP! Electric Fencing for Horses Some tips for using electric fencing, aka hot wire, for horses.   What’s Under Your Horse’s Bedding? What’s under your horse’s bedding? Mats, dirt, concrete, mattresses? Lots of options for your horse’s stall.   Hay Quality A few tips for horse owners to follow while inspecting hay at the barn!   Barn Rules Guidelines for Barn Rules. What?? There are RULES?   Managing Dust Ways to manage and reduce dust for healthier horses and a cleaner barn!   How to Soak Your Horse’s Hay! The why’s and how’s of soaking hay. Fly Control for Horses Flies can be miserable – tolerable – or under control at the barn. You have many options to help your horse stay relatively fly free this summer.   What Does an Equine Nutritionist Actually DO? At some point, you will need to mange your horse’s nutrition. A great resource for creating the best diet for your horse is an Equine Nutritionist!   Managing Mud at the Barn Mud is a major pain in the butt, here are some of the ways that you can minimize that hassle around the barn.   Spring Cleaning the Barn Finally! Spring!! Here’s a list of extra chores to tackle before the hot weather comes!   Disposing of Horse Medications and Sharps at the Barn!  How to properly dispose of your horse’s expired medications and sharps. Needles and syringes need to be placed in sharps containers.   Horse Pasture Management Basics Can you keep a grass pasture going year round for your horses?   Giving your Horse Oral Medications Without the Drama This is often a battle of wills – here are some tips to make medicating your horse a bit easier!   Isolation Guidelines for Horses Sometimes, you run the risk of a virus or other infection going through your barn. Here are some guidelines for creating a safer place for all horses.   Battling the Bored and Destructive Horse Have a horse that wants to tear the barn down? One bolt at a time? Be glad he doesn’t have hands.   Coprophagia and Pica in Horses – When Your Horse Eats Poop and Fencing!  The basics about coprophagia and pica in horses and what you can do about it. Manure eating and fence chewing are two examples.   Feeding Grain to Your Horse – Best Practices How much grain is too much grain at one meal for your horse? Tips from an Equine Nutritionist about how much grain or feed your horse should get at each meal.   Using Lights to Regulate Your Horse’s Hair Coat The use of artificial lights to control hair coat length in horses might be right for your barn, or not.   Hay Storage Basics Some basic guidelines for storing hay for your horse. Keep it off the ground, well ventilated, and dry.   Helping the Horse That Cribs! Here are some ways to prevent cribbing horses from destroying your barn!   Tack Room Organization Tips! Some simple tips to making a tack room tidy!   Mice and Rodents at the Barn How to control mice and rodents at the barn. It’s much more than getting a cat, it starts with good barn management!   Bedding Choices for Your Horse Bedding choices for your horse’s stall – what do you like? Rice Hulls, Shavings, Straw?   Baling Twine And All of Its Uses At The Barn Pro Equine Grooms – The Many Uses of Baling Twine

Loads of good articles about some common, and some uncommon, barn management issues.

 

Plan ahead for less panic
 

Crispy grass happens, you can be prepared.

 

Mind your P’s and Q’s

 
Your horse’s skin and respiratory system will thank you.
 
They must be able to drink, and sometimes eat hay, too.
 
Make mucking stalls easier with these tips! From how to position your wheelbarrow, tips for stall mucking tools, and bedding ideas.
 
93 of the easiest and most helpful barn hacks around. For the equestrian, for horse grooming, barn managment, for horse shows, and even barn hacks for medicating your horse.
 
Time to clean and disinfect the barn and all of it’s contents – including the leather tack!
 
A handy list of common barn chores to be done daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.
 
The many reasons why you should walk and inspect your horse’s pastures!
 
Some easy things to do for making your horse grooming time much safer in the cross ties.
 
Some basic types of insurance to carry if you are a horse owner.
 
Some handy tips for getting your horse’s dry lot ready for winter. Make sure there’s drainage, and food and water are easy to deliver and keep out of mud.
 
How to easily stay ahead of arena maintenance with a few tips.
 
How to deal with holes in your horse’s pasture. Pasture holes are a hazard to horses, but you can get rid of them and help stop them from coming back.
 
Some types of shavings to be used for horse bedding are dangerous, such as black walnut shavings. Other types are less ideal, such as cedar when used indoors.
 
Ideas on how you can make your horse barn a little safer from a fire.
 
The pros and cons of steamed hay, and what to consider.
 
Just in case you want to save one of your horse’s shoes, I give you some easy things to do to get the rust off and preserve the shoe.
 
Easy things to check for before you head out on your horse for a ride in the snow. Make sure the footing is safe, your horse is fit, and there are no hidden dangers!
 
Should your horse eat frosty grass? Is there a colic risk? What about laminitis? Will he get a brain freeze?
 
Some reasons why, and why not, to add fish to your horse’s trough. It might help with cleaning up algae, and it might more chores.
 
Easy tips to keep the horse and manure and barn smells out of your car! Mostly…
 
Tips for keeping your horse safe when decorating the barn for the holidays. No need to get a Vet bill or a visit from the Fire Department.
 
Ideas on how you can safely transition your horse to grass pasture, and some things to consider as you do.
 
How to create a budget for your horse habit! Dig deep with a downloadable spreadsheet that you can tailor to your horse’s needs.
 
Ideas on how you can get your horse’s stuff – tack, supplies, and everything else, organized at the barn.
 
Tips for keeping your horse’s blankets tidy and mostly clean in the winter. Diligent brushing and careful storage can lengthen the time between horse blanket washings.
 
It’s fine to borrow a few things from home to use on your horses.
 
Simple things to consider before you ride your horse, such as the safety of your riding ring! How’s the footing, the lighting, the ventilation?
 
Options for cleaning the aisle in your horse barn include denial, the broom, and a leaf blower. Which is best for your horse’s lungs?
 
How you can use zeolites at the barn and home to control odors, soak up ammonia, eliminate pet smells, and more!
 
Tips for making your horse super comfortable at a horse show. No stress allowed!
 
A handy list of things that are poisonous to cats, and that your barn cats might get into!
 
You can use zeolites at the barn to help gain traction on icy or slippery surfaces.
 
The many uses of zeolites at the barn – including bug control!
 
A fabulous listicle of all the reasons you and your horse need an insta-hot kettle at the barn.
 
Ideas on why you might want to bank the shavings in your horse stall up against the walls.
 
Ideas on how your horse’s grooming area can be as safe as possible – if you use cross ties or not!
 
Why you might want to feed your horse his hay first, then his grain. Helps with digestion.
 
An intro into two types of horse pasture grasses – the cool season and the warm season grasses. Also, how they differ in NSC values.
 
Learn more about frozen ground, it’s dangers, and what you can do about it. Keep your horse safe from slipping, concussion, bruises, and more that can result from frozen ground.
 
Some ideas on how to make cold weather chores and horseback riding much more comfortable!
 
Some things you might find in your horse’s hay – from bugs to animals to weeds. Some fine, some really not fine.
 
Your new horse needs some stuff – a team, grooming supplies, and medical records in order. Here’s a handy checklist to make sure your unicorn is all set when he arrives!
 
Keep a box or two of baking soda around to help you clean up the barn.
 
Behind the scenes of how hay is made. Get to know the mower conditioner, the tedder, and the baling machine.
 
Simple ways to see if your horse’s stall has it out for your horse. Think of it as how to bubble wrap his stall.
 
There’s one way to clean up mice and rat droppings at the barn – and it better not be with a broom!
 
A few ideas on how you may be able to use fewer shavings for your horse – and save some money in the process!
 
Time to double up on chores and make sure the horse barn and farm are ready for winter!
 
Tips on getting rid of damp areas, mold and mildew smell in your barn!
 
Sometimes you can poach your horse stuff for the dog, your cow stuff for your horse, and your barn stuff for the cat!
 
What to store in the horse barn fridge and freezer!
 
How to battle poison ivy around the barn, and also maybe goats.
 
Horses are expensive – but you can save some dollars here and there! Ideas to get you rolling.
 
Getting back to basics – clean your horse’s stall the best way with the best tools!
 
Sometimes you can combine errands and get a lot of your horse shopping done at the grocery store. Many barn supplies, like cleaning supplies, are more affordable at the grocery store.
 
No horse wants to lick ice to get water. Help your dude out by using tried and true tested bucket warming techniques.
 
Ideas on how to bust your horse’s boredom when the winter days are full of bad weather and limited turn out!
 
I’m not a fan of creepy crawlies anyway, but the barn is no place for cobwebs and spiders!
 
A touchy subject, but one that can be handled with care and anonymity. Learn how you can report illegal substances in show horses!
 
Keep your arena base and footing lasting longer by following some simple tips!
 
Beet pulp is a great way to supplement your horse’s fiber and energy needs!
 
I will stop at nothing to make the case for having a goat. Turns out, they are great companions and pasture cleaner-uppers, too.
 
Some great reasons to use compressed hay bales and hay cubes for your horse!
 
Why your horse should (or should not) eat with a bit in his mouth!
 
Ideas on what makes a good feed store for your horse, versus one that is “meh”.
 
You will need more than a map to cross state lines with your horse! Get a coggins and a travel certificate as well before you hit the road.
 
Ideas on why fly traps may be great for your horse barn, and how to make your own fly traps!
 
Sometimes you are stuck at the barn overnight – some ideas on how to make the best of it!
 
The scoop on acorns, horses, and what to do if your horse binge eats a bunch of acorns.
 
Why clover can sometimes cause the slobbers in horses!
 
What you can do about bird nests in the barn, and why you may want to consider discouraging birds from living in the barn! There is a risk of some disease being passed from bird to horse if bird dropping land in your horse’s feed.
 
Guidelines for when to isolate a horse from the rest of the barn and pastures.
 
What’s the deal with chickens and horses? Can they be buddies at the barn?
 
Some ideas on what to put on the barn’s bulletin board! For fun, for safety, for emergencies.
 
The basics about NSC values, high laminitis risk horses, and grazing your horse in pasture!
 
Some ideas on how you can make your own horse treats!
 
Some stuff to think about when you are stripping your horse’s stall. Get ready for a workout!
 
Why wheat bran mashes can be good, and not so good for horses!
 
Why I love, and don’t love, the grass horse paddock.
 
Should you bring your horses in during really bad weather? Like ice and snow and sub-zero temperatures?
 
Should you play music as you work around the horses?
 
Why your horse will thank you for wetting his pellets and grains before you feed!
 
How You (and Your Veterinarian) can decide if your horse’s wound needs to be covered.
 
How to be practical and safe at the same time when it comes to sharing horses supplies and tack at the barn!
 
No horse wants to eat fuzzy or moldy food – how to make sure your horse grains and feed stay fresh!
 
Keep yourself cool and safe from heat related illnesses while you work at the barn!
 
Ideas on how you can make your horses safer during a lightning storm.
 
Some horses, and some farms, can greatly benefit from a dry lot or sacrifice lot turnout for horses.
 
What to consider when you are thinking of retiring your horse!
 
A brief summary of why horses kept outside in paddocks or pastures have it best!
 
How you can stretch your dollars and have your hay deliveries last longer by reducing wasted hay at the barn!
 
Some ideas on how to create an emergency plan at the barn – for people!
 
Why it’s important for all horses to learn to live in stalls!
 
How you can introduce your horse to a herd living situation!
 
Top tips for creating a safe area for your farrier to work on your horse!
 
Great options for outdoor bedding for your horse’s run, attached to the barn.
 
Ideas on how to give your horse oral medications via syringe without him leaping into the next county.
 
The pros and cons of both automatic waterers and water buckets for your horse.
 
Is your horse a picky eater? Here’s how to narrow down some reasons, and a few ideas to entice your horse to eat.
 
Handy checklist of questions to ask a potential new barn for your horse!
 
Five common barn safety violations that take seconds to remedy – be safe and keep your horses safe!
 
When faced with a horse that would rather not be caught, it’s time to retrain your horse! The uncatchable horse doesn’t typically run out of being spooked or panicked, but instead being untrained.
 
The pros and cons of using hay pellets for your horse!
 
Ideas to help your hard keeper horse stay plump this winter!
 
Ideas on how to catch a panicked horse. The horse brain often goes into fight or flight mode, understanding the flight mode can help you safely catch a panicking horse.
 
How to safely feed pumpkin as a treat for horses!
 
How to make your horse’s hay dunking habit a bit cleaner and less time consuming for you!
 
Some ideas on how to best clean your horse;s water trough, and keep it clean and critter free for your horse!
 
Easy steps to fold horse blankets for a polished look down the barn aisle.
 
Ideas for creating a minimal shavings barn by using fewer shavings.
 
Easy steps to train your horse to be still and calm during injections.
 
Some tips on tracking and planning for your horse’s health needs.
 
Tips and ideas for making a safe wash rack in your barn for your horse!
 
How you can maximize safety around the gates on your horse property!
 
Some safety points about wire fencing and horses!
 
How horse owners can help alleviate the stress and panic that often occurs when horses hear and see fireworks.
 
Some ideas on how you can slow down the crazy fast eating horse, for his own safety!
 
Ways you can reduce the population of mosquitos at the horse barn. Mosquitos carry many diseases, including some that are deadly to horses.
 
How you can avoid being eaten alive by bugs at the horse barn!
 
Ideas on how to make your horse less likely to go from “peaceful turnout” to “going to take out the fence”. Tips on how to make turnout safer for your horse!
 
Some easy ways to assure your horse turnout paddocks are safe for your horse!
 
Some basic and extra information that you may want to include on your horse’s stall card.
 
Necessary chores to get the barn ready for summer!
 
How horse owners can safely feed a herd of horses.
 
The scoop on rattlesnake behaviors, and how horse owners can prevent and treat rattlesnake bites.
 
Good techniques for horse owners to use when storing grains and supplements.
 
The basics of a good run in shelter for your horses!
 
The basics of shipping fever in horses – the causes, how to prevent shipping fever, and how to spot shipping fever in horses.
 
How horse owners can battle the fire ant to keep their horses safe and pastures clear. No one wants a pile of stinging fire ants in their pasture!
 
The scoop on treats for horses – what’s safe, what’s questionable, and what’s never OK to feed.
 
The deep litter bedding system for a horse owner is a stall cleaning system that can save time and hassle, not to mention shavings.
 
Could your horse benefit from the use of a slow feeder?
 
Tips for Grooms on getting rid of the ammonia smell in their horse’s stalls.
 
Tips and tricks for keeping dehydration at bay! Learn to entice your horse to drink more.
 
A handy checklist for the horse owner of all the things your caretaker needs to know while you are gone for vacation.
 
Some ideas on how you can keep your grooming supplies and horse items more ideally stored at the barn!
 
Dehydration in the winter can be prevented, with some easy tips and some understanding about how horses like to drink.
 
Some things to do and get together before winter rolls around. Have your rig, your barn, your horses ready!
 
The hows and whys about feeding hay – what works best for horses!
 
Some practical things to do to help your horse settle in at the shows!
 
Horses that weave can often be helped with a few handy tricks and tips, including a mirror!
 
To protect your “stuff” and tack at the barn, you have some options for locks.
 
How you can protect your barn and fencing from a horse that habitually kicks.
 
Tips and techniques for pill crushing, to make medicating your horse easier!
 
How you might be able to reduce the chance that your horse gets cast in his stall.
 
How horse owners can identify their horses, and what it takes to prove ownership.
 
Keep your horses and your barn safe with these tips.
 
How horse owners and barn owners can organize an evacuation plan before one is needed!
 
Some proven techniques for cleaning your horse’s stall walls – even the crusty manure, food, and snot.
 
Should you leave the stall doors open or closed when the stall is empty?
 
How to set up your horse’s show stall for a weekend (or longer) of grooming fun at a horse show.
 
Some tips for using electric fencing, aka hot wire, for horses.
 
What’s under your horse’s bedding? Mats, dirt, concrete, mattresses? Lots of options for your horse’s stall.
 
A few tips for horse owners to follow while inspecting hay at the barn!
 
Guidelines for Barn Rules. What?? There are RULES?
 
Ways to manage and reduce dust for healthier horses and a cleaner barn!
 
The why’s and how’s of soaking hay.
Flies can be miserable – tolerable – or under control at the barn. You have many options to help your horse stay relatively fly free this summer.
 
At some point, you will need to mange your horse’s nutrition. A great resource for creating the best diet for your horse is an Equine Nutritionist!
 
Mud is a major pain in the butt, here are some of the ways that you can minimize that hassle around the barn.
 
Finally! Spring!! Here’s a list of extra chores to tackle before the hot weather comes!
 
How to properly dispose of your horse’s expired medications and sharps. Needles and syringes need to be placed in sharps containers.
 
Can you keep a grass pasture going year round for your horses?
 
This is often a battle of wills – here are some tips to make medicating your horse a bit easier!
 
Sometimes, you run the risk of a virus or other infection going through your barn. Here are some guidelines for creating a safer place for all horses.
 
Have a horse that wants to tear the barn down? One bolt at a time? Be glad he doesn’t have hands.
 
The basics about coprophagia and pica in horses and what you can do about it. Manure eating and fence chewing are two examples.
 
How much grain is too much grain at one meal for your horse? Tips from an Equine Nutritionist about how much grain or feed your horse should get at each meal.
 
The use of artificial lights to control hair coat length in horses might be right for your barn, or not.
 
Some basic guidelines for storing hay for your horse. Keep it off the ground, well ventilated, and dry.
 
Here are some ways to prevent cribbing horses from destroying your barn!
 
Some simple tips to making a tack room tidy!
 
How to control mice and rodents at the barn. It’s much more than getting a cat, it starts with good barn management!
 
Bedding choices for your horse’s stall – what do you like? Rice Hulls, Shavings, Straw?
 
Pro Equine Grooms – The Many Uses of Baling Twine