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Things to Consider When Building Riding Arenas

When you’re riding your horse on a regular basis, you’ll most definitely want to have a riding arena. Whether you’re riding professionally, for fun, or giving lessons; having a riding arena nearby and handy is often one of the greatest pleasures of any horse rider. Then again, there are some days that would make one cringe because of the weather conditions and a riding arena allows you to enjoy the thrill of the ride without having to face the tough elements of that day. However, an arena can often be a big investment for most people and requires a lot of consideration when you’re thinking about building one. While people often cut back on some things when getting a riding arena built, the following are some specifications that you should keep in mind when budgeting or designing a riding arena for your use.

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Riding Arena In Shingle Springs, California

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Space

The space allotted to a riding arena can be allotted and adjusted in accordance with the acidity it will be used for. If you just plan to lunge your pony or practice dressage, then an arena measuring up to a space of 60 x40 meters will be more than appropriate. On the other hand, if you plan on practicing show jumping or creating a gaming ring, then extending the space up to a space of 120 x 200 meters will be more suited to your requirements. Just remember that its not possible to build an arena that is too big but it is completely possible to make it too small.

Choice of Footing

The arena’s footing plays a huge effect on your horses performance and the functional use of the arena itself. The footing can be made of rubber, sand, gravel, and other elements that can provide the horse support for running in that area. However, many people prefer to layer the arena with a choice of two or three materials that help determine the hardness or softness of the turf. Making it too hard can prove to be injurious to the rider while making it too soft can cause undue stress on the horse in order for it to maintain its footing. Similarly, you don’t just sprinkle sand all around and call it an arena. Lay the sand down in a directional manner running from north or south. This ensures that the arena receives more sun, stays well lit longer, and dries in a suitable manner.

Indoors or Outdoors

This factor largely depends on the seasonal changes experienced by your climate. If you live in an area that experiences temperatures that are mild even during the winters, getting an outdoor arena will be the best choice. In extreme temperatures though, an indoor arena is a welcome luxury, particularly during freezing winters. Unfortunately, indoor arenas have the quality of turning into hot ovens during the scalding summers if they are not properly equipped to allow proper ventilation. However, some people do prefer to opt for indoor areas as a preference on their own part. One easy contrivance though is to get an adjustable covering made for outdoor arenas which can be pulled on and off in accordance with the temperature and weather conditions.

For your perfect riding arena, contact DC Builders today!

Technology and Horses – Apps to Assist with Your Horse

The boom in technology has also given rise to a large number of smart phone applications that help you keep your stallion’s health and wellness in check. Check out the following popular apps to bond with your horse and keep all the essential information related to your stable close to you 24/7. These apps have successfully helped horse owners around the world with just a tap and a touch.

1. The Horse Box

Keep an updated portfolio of your horse safe with you while you are on the go. Keep track of your horses weight, height, breed, vitals, veterinarian contact details, and all other equine related information. You can also take and store pictures of your horse and upload them to popular social media websites through just a single touch! This is a perfect resource to store and share memories with your friends and family.

Horse Box

2. The horseRATION

For those horse owners who are looking for a perfect companion to keep track of the nutritional needs of their horse, horseRATION is the answer! Specifically designed to keep equine nutrition in check, this app keeps record of your horse’s body condition, behavior, and health status. Based on this information, it guides you in deciding the right diet and nutritional choices for your horse. This is a perfect app for new horse owners!

3. Horse Rider SOS

Riding for long hours and going on lengthy trips is one benefit of owning a horse, and for all of those riding enthusiasts out there, the Horse Rider SOS app is an absolute essential! It is especially useful for beginners. This app works like magic if you get stranded or find yourself in trouble when going on long trail rides.

Horses can be unpredictable at times, and in case you get injured or lost while you are miles away from home, this app will alert a list of your predefined emergency contacts. This app will continuously monitor your activity during your ride, and in case you fall off your horse or lose consciousness, this apps safety mechanics will be triggered and your emergency contacts will be alerted.

This app is powered by GPS, and is a handy addition for all those horse owners who are always up for some adventure and thrill.

4. Stable Mate

Update your schedule and manage all the grooming and healthy care needs of your horses through a single tap on your smart phone. Stable Mate not only lets you manage your day-to-day horse health care regime, but also keeps you acquainted and updated with the latest equine related news from around the globe. You can update your horse records on this app with just a tap, and also stay abreast with all the information that you need to know about the care of wellness of horses.

From pest control, health tips, dietary suggestions and riding advice, stable mate keeps you connected with thousands of horse owners and experts around the clock.

 

 

Pests That Can Invade a Barn and How to Avoid Them

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Pests and insects in a barn can not only be frustrating, but also very hazardous for your horses health and well being. Proper sanitation and maintaining cleanliness is the main consideration that you should have in mind in order to minimize the breeding of these pests and ensure a clean and healthy environment for your horses.

Read through the following list to learn about the common pests that can invade your barn, and the safety measures that you can take to avoid them:

Stable Flies

Stable Flies

Stable flies breed in fermenting matter, manure, moisture, and decaying straw inside of the barn. They are vicious biters, and mostly bite the legs of the horse. Stable flies can cause blood loss, swamp fever, and summer sores in horses. Their bites often result in wounds that prove to be difficult to heal. Cleanliness is the main key to eradicate the problem of stable flies in the barn, and the occasional spraying of insecticides, preferably natural or organic, also help a great deal in this regard.

Biting Gnats and Buffalo Gnats

Gnats, with their small size are often very hard to pick, but they are the most painful and dangerous pests to attack horses. They suck on their blood and their painful bite can cause wounds and impending pain to the horse. You can use insecticides to avoid the occurrence of gnats, and direct application of pesticides to the horses’ bodies through sprays or wipes is also helpful.

Horse Flies and Deer Flies

Horse flies and deer flies are another species of biting flies that result in painful wounds and blood loss in horses. Horses tend to get restless and irritated after the bite, and as the flies continue to suck on the wound, infections may also occur which make the horse lose weight, become weak and face fatigue in the long run. Insecticides and fly repellents can be used on the horses bodies’ to keep these pests away. Also, regularly clean the barns and stalls, and keep an eye out for their eggs in order to reduce the breeding of these pests in the first place.

House Flies and Face Flies

House flies are common carriers of germs and bacteria that can cause contagious diseases to spread and result in infections amongst horses. House flies are most commonly attracted towards dirt and rotting manure, so cleanliness is key to keep these pests away from your barn.

Face flies and house flies are classified under the category of nuisance flies- they don’t bite or directly harm the horses, but are carriers of bacteria and also make the horse restless and irritated by buzzing near their eyelids or any open wounds. House flies breed in fresh and rotting manure.