Archive for October, 2011

Saddle Up Partner!

Saddle care tips.

You found your dream home, had a custom horse barn built, acquired a horse you LOVE – Now….it’s time to ride!

Whether for sport or recreation, you don’t have to be a horse lover to know that horseback riding is an exhilarating experience anyone could enjoy. As you know, one of the most fundamental pieces of equipment for horse riding is the saddle.

Saddle maintenance doesn’t need to be another tiring chore in your long list of horse barn responsibilities. However, it is important to address a few things to ensure the safety of both you and your horse. Like cleaning the barn, a little routine maintenance will keep things in order.

I suggest cleaning your saddle on a monthly basis to prevent any damage that might come from long-term neglect. Relative to how much you’re actually using it of course. Saddles will last a long time if you keep them clean and oiled – equally, they will deteriorate in a hurry if you’re not taking proper care of it.

Straddle your saddle (say that 10 times fast) on a fence, or if the weather’s bad, something similar inside your horse barn. With a bucket of water and mild soap use a medium to soft brush and give it some scrubbing. Be sure you don’t scratch or tear anything.

If you can, it’s even better to take apart the saddle completely and scrub it thoroughly. This helps prevent mold or dirt from building up in those impossible to reach locations. Unattended to filth can create very unpleasant smells, and in worst case scenarios, make your horse sick. So don’t forget the nooks and crannies.

While the saddle is disassembled and you’re scrubbing the leather, soak the metal pieces for a few minutes – don’t soak the leather!

Once the saddle is clean, including the underside that touches the horse’s skin, apply a leather protectant to the leather and oil all the metal pieces. Spread the oil evenly so it doesn’t dry in drips and runs. Then dry off the saddle and metallic parts and reassemble.

When you’re done, be sure to pick up the cleaning area to keep your barn safe. I suggest dedicating a storage cupboard in your horse barn to keep all your saddle cleaning supplies.

Then saddle up and get a ride in – you know you want to!

Little History on Pole Barns

Custom Barn from DC Building

Pole barns are an integral part of the American countryside. The Colonial settlers were the first to bring the quaint and charming pole barn to the United States. The early Colonists built the pole barn as horse barns and to house their livestock. Pole construction (which is now called post frame construction) was their construction method of choice because they were able to put up pole buildings quickly, safely, and cut poles from the raw materials available to them in the New World. Because these early wood barns were cut from untreated trees, they were temporary structures and were repaired and replaced frequently.

Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, settlers in the western United States continued to build pole barns, and the landscape began to evolve. While the classic pole barn structure was utilized throughout the farms in the west, the rich cattle barons employed the pole building structure but with began to build their barns bigger, better, and more lavish. They used the pole barn not only for cattle and horses, but also for housing for ranch workers. The rich cattle owners and land barons had made another advance – they build pole barns with lumber treated with creosote, making them withstand time, weather and other elements. Pole barns also tended to have a lower rate of barn fires. Many of these buildings still dot the landscape.

During World War II, simple pole barns made a huge resurgence in America. In order to keep natural resource consumption low during the war, the federal government imposed a $1500 per barn construction spending limit. The American farmer turned back to the inexpensive pole barn, which uses 60% less material than a traditional frame barn. This reduction in building material kept the farmers within the mandated budget.

Through the years, the simple pole barn has evolved. What started out as a humble structure which the American Colonists raised from hand cut lumber with a simple gable roof line, the pole barn is now used in many ways and far more attractive and useful. DC Building offers customers upgraded and longer lasting wood; superior construction methods; a large array of roof materials; and the ability to make your wood barn a great space.

At DC Building, we can customize your wood barn to a gable roof, a hip roof, or a gambrel roof. Your barn can be one room or many rooms. It can be used for people, horses, livestock, hay, or grain. Your barn can be used as a shed for extra storage. A pole barn can be turned into more than a barn or a shed: picture a riding arena, a guest home, a hunting lodge, a crafting cottage, a fishing cabin, or an art studio. One customer even requested information on turning his pole barn into an airplane hanger.

The pole barn is the most common wood barn you see as you travel across the American landscape. From the rustic, simple, and charming pole barn, to a large, luxurious horse riding arena, a pole barn can be used for anything you can imagine. The only limitation is your imagination!