barn. Monday , July 31st , 2017 - 01:19:14 AM
The other aspect of ensuring your horse has shelter is to get rid of thrush, rain rot, and grease heel as much as possible. Since these common conditions are attributed to typical spring weather; heavy rain and lots of mud. A solid, large and dry shelter helps to prevent these from occurring. So do you build a barn full of stalls or do you build a run-in shelter? Dependent upon your available space and affordability options, my suggestion is to have both. If you can't have both, opt for the run-in shelter when you have more than 1 horse. Remember, your horse is a herd animal; a social animal. A horse is also built to move. Just check out those beautiful, long, muscular legs. While there are times a horse must be stalled due to medical reasons, such as illness and/or injury, I prefer to see a horse that can move in and out of shelter as it desires. Horses are not meant to be locked in a stall all day, all night, or - as I've unfortunately witnessed - for longer periods of time when they are healthy and able to comfortably move about. If you have stalls with doors leading directly outside, you can separate the pastures to prevent more than one horse from entering a stall. As a horse owner knows, when an area is crowded a horse can get cornered and kicked, so you have to ensure only 1 horse has access to a standard sized stall. If you do go this route, you may have to separate each pasture with an alley of space of about 10 feet. This prevents a horse from leaning on a fence, or jumping down on it with hooves when trying to play across the fence with a neighboring horse. That means wasted space. But it will save you pulling your hair out in frustration every time a fence comes down. If you opt for a run-in shed be sure to keep some things in mind. These points will ensure your horse's safety and ability to utilize the shed to keep warm and dry. How to prevent sunburn is also a good reason to have a run-in. Horses - especially grays and white horses - are sensitive to sun. If you turn your horse out and he/she is not able to seek shelter under trees and cannot go back to the stall at its leisure it can become uncomfortable in the heat and burned by the sun.
You can also whittle away trouble spots and build calorie-burning muscle with the following "deskercises" that are so discreet, no one will notice:
To make your unit look more like an extension of your home and less like a utilitarian structure, consider placing windows on the short walls that flank the door. Adding these little details will make your unit look decorative and increase the appeal of your yard.
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