Archive for May, 2013

Accessorizing Your Barn

No house, or structure for that matter, is complete without accessories. Accessories are pretty much the cherry on top for any structure. Largely flexible, they add a whole new level of depth, decoration and functional use to the structure and are the perfect finishing touches to individualize your project, whether you add them to the interior or exterior.

When building a barn, accessories are no different. Although the functionality and purpose of the barn with affect your choice, you will find that it is possible to accessorise with items that are neutrally applicable to the barn regardless of its function.

Whether you want to use your barn for storage or give it a functional purpose like using it as stable, the following are a few accessories that are not only decorative, but add a degree of functionality to the place as well.

Cupola

Almost a staple element in most barns and becoming an identifying feature for most, a Cupola is a common feature to be found in barns. This little structure provides the perfect opportunity to add natural light to a place by acting as an alternative to a sky light. If positioned right, you can also add a small spiral staircase which can enable you to use the cupola as a lookout.

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Weather Vanes

Another classic addition is the weather vane. It is as commonly used as cupolas are for barns. Always on the top of the barn, with or without a cupola accompanying it, a weather vane serves more of a decorative purpose, but can be customized to your taste! Available in almost any style, they variety in the market allows you to easily choose something like the common rooster or go for something more quirky and unique like a pineapple, mermaid, fox, whatever your heart desires!

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Lighting

The biggest means of lighting being favored nowadays are skylights and large windows that let in as much light as possible. A well lit barn is conductive of healthy eyesight for any horse that are stabled in your barn. Spending too much time in a dim or poorly lit barn can often cause partial blindness or affect the horses eye sight in a negative manner. For night time, you can find tons of durable light fixtures to put in your barn. Barn Light Electric makes some of our favorites!

Ventilation

Ventilation is important for barns owing to the fact that they are usually made more with the thought of storage and less with living conditions. Luckily, it is possible to get indoor fans installed in the barn. If you’re using it for storage, then one will be more than enough but if you’re horses in there, then opt for Barnstormer fans. These will really be a welcome means of ventilation for your horses during the days when not even a leaf can stir in the oppressive heat.

Horse Proofing Your Barn

When utilizing a barn for your horses, you need to horse proof it with the help of certain accessories like non-slippery, safe, and easy to clean. Furthermore, you can introduce a stable mattress for your horse. Being waterproof, chew proof, and easily cleaned, these are accessories you should definitely consider getting.

If you have any other accessories to add, feel free to share your opinion about them in the comments section.

 

Horse Health – How to Properly Care For Your Horse

Horses are sensitive and gentle animals that need your constant attention and care to stay happy and healthy. Taking proper care of your stallion is extremely important to ensure its health and well being for many years to come. A daily regime of care, grooming, and exercise will not only keep your horse healthy, but it will also keep any harmful diseases and ailments at bay. Read on to find out what you can do to give your horse the care and love it deserves.

Regular Grooming

Daily grooming is an absolute must to keep your horse healthy, and it will also help you forge a deep bond of friendship with your horse in no time! It takes approximately 30 minutes to groom your horse, and the practice includes brushing and combing the coat, checking the body for any cuts or bruises, and inspection of the teeth, hooves, and eyes. Give them a bath at least every week, and after riding or training, make sure that you brush and tend to them.

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Exercising

Lack of exercise can not only make your horse lazy and lethargic, but it can also make it’s hooves dried and flaky. If you can, take your horse for rides daily. However, don’t over train your horse, as it may result in soreness. Horses like to roam around in an open space; therefore, don’t keep them confined in the stable all the time. Let them roam around the pasture as they please in order to keep them refreshed and healthy.

Checking the Hooves

Foot and hoof care is an essential part of grooming your horse and taking care of its health. Inspect the hooves regularly, and take your horse to a farrier every now and then for a professional opinion on shoes, etc. The hooves also need trimming every six weeks or so, but make sure you get professional help to do so!

Keeping the Stall Clean

The stalls need to be clean and comfortable at all times to avoid breeding of pests and mosquitoes. Regularly check the shavings and straws and clean up any wet areas immediately to keep the area odor free and fresh. Also, make sure that the feed and water bucket is clean and full at all times.

Vaccination and Pest Control

After every few months, book an appointment with the veterinarian to ensure that your horse is healthy and in top shape. Get your horse vaccinated for common diseases, and in order to prevent any ailments and contagious diseases by checking for symptoms regularly. Runny eyes, discharge from the nose or coughing and weakness are common symptoms that indicate that your horse is not feeling well. In case you notice any unusual pattern in their behavior, take them to the vet for a proper and detailed check up. Contagious diseases can spread from one horse to another, therefore, in case there is a sick horse in the stable, keep it separated from the rest of the herd.

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Choosing the Right Vet – Small Animal Vet vs Large Animal Vet

Caring for your horse’s well being and health requires choosing the right vet for the job. A veterinarian can best assess your horse’s health, prescribe medication and vaccinations to keep any ailments and diseases at bay, and address small problems in the initial stages so that they do not grow into any larger complications.

Typically, there are two kinds of vets. Small animal vets are more accustomed to grooming and taking care of smaller animals like cats, dogs, guinea pigs, etc. On the other hand, large animal vets are specialized in working with larger farm animals like horses and cows. Therefore, it is normally more feasible to get the services of a large animal vet in order to keep your horse happy, healthy, and fit at all times.

If you are facing any sort of trouble choosing the right vet for your horse, go through the following tips and guidelines to make the best choice!

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Do you research! Before selecting the services of a veterinarian, it is important that you conduct a background check to be sure that your vet is not only good at their job, but also loving and caring when tending to your animals. Ask other horse owners in your area about their behavior and treatment plan, you can also check the Internet for feedback and references about a particular vet in your locality.

-Experience is the key to making the right choice. Choose a vet who holds both experience and expertise in dealing with horses. Also, it is a good idea to select a vet who specializes in the particular breed of your horse. He/ she can be better assess the care and attention that your horse needs. A small animal vet will not specialize in dealing with farm animals particularly horses, and this may result in a misdiagnosis. Therefore, in order to ensure that your horse gets the best at all times, choose a large animal vet.

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-Assess their availability. When choosing a vet, it is important that you pay attention to their accessibility. It if often difficult to transport a horse to a veterinary hospital, especially if the horse is sick. Therefore, a vet who can come to you in an emergency is a must to cater to any unfortunate situations and circumstances. Large animal vets are normally available for duty most of the time and can tend to animals even at odd hours. On the other hand, small animal vets usually practice at fixed timings and schedules.

-Ask for their qualifications and the medical equipment they possess. Make sure that your vet is qualified and registered, and the vaccination he/she uses are also registered and up-to-date. Vets with portable medical equipments such as x-ray machines are preferable, as they are especially useful when your horse has experienced a particularly severe injury or fracture

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At the end of the day, communication is the key! A vet who is warm, friendly, gently, and open in their approach, communication, and attitude, and has the ability to make quick house calls in case of an urgent need, is a vet that you need to ensure the well being of your horse for years to come!