Horse Farm Arenas, Fencing, Pastures, Trailering

Horse Farm Arenas, Fencing, Pastures, Trailering

Articles, podcasts and posts are all in alphabetical order and grouped with a unique prefix. Remember to use the search option 🔍. Members get more details in the forums, Rounds and can add comments (discover membership here).

Horse Arenas – An Introduction

An arena is where horses are worked and trained.  They come in two basic kinds: covered and uncovered.   This subject is mostly images of arenas I have seen in my travels.  Some are majestic and some are bare bones.  There is something that can be learned from each...

read more

Horse Arenas – Covered

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Covered arenas are made to shelter the horse and rider from weather and strong sunlight.  They can be built with 4 enclosing walls, with one side permanently open with a half wall, with sides or half walls that can open and close...

read more

Horse Arenas – Uncovered

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Uncovered arenas are easier to build and less expensive.  Their use in harsh climates is limited.  The footing material and how it is constructed is the elaborate and costly part.  Good drainage is imperative and is often...

read more

Horse Fencing – An Introduction

A horse farm requires fencing.  It is often the most expensive part and usually requires a lot of maintenance.  Selecting a type of fence is based on cost, maintenance requirements, availability, safety and aesthetics.   There are also gates and latches that come in...

read more

Horse Fencing – Gates

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The gates used in a fence line on horse farms range from elegant to unsafe, hand made to mass produced and maintained to barely keeping together. Safety is the key here and is a recurring theme in this subject.  Also ease of...

read more

Horse Fencing – Latches

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material From simple to complicated, I have seen a wide variety of fence gate latches.  I boil them down to only two types.  You either operate them with one hand or with two hands.  I prefer the one handed gate latch. In here I have a...

read more

Horse Fencing – Safety

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Horses don’t normally live behind fences.  They are inherently dangerous for the horse although being born and raised behind one, the young horse learns quickly to respect them.  Yet injury from fencing occurs every day. There are...

read more

Horse Fencing – Styles

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material For me, there are only two styles of fences: safe and unsafe.  Most fences fall into the unsafe category and over time, a lot of the safe fences become unsafe due to poor maintenance.  I will discuss here all the fencing styles I...

read more

Horse Pastures – An Introduction

I am not an expert in agronomy but I know this much.  Too many horses can destroy a pasture.  Poor drainage is something I constantly see.  Irrigation often helps in dry areas. Something I need to look at are track systems that require horses to move within a...

read more

Horse Pastures – Flooding

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Good drainage in pastures is essential but when pastures are located near rivers, the chance of flooding is seasonal and can be extensive.  Here are some flooded pastures which are useless.  However the remaining 11 months of the...

read more

Horse Pastures – Irrigation

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material In dry areas it helps to be able to irrigate pastures if water availability is an option.  Here in FL we have an abundant water supply – usually.  In other areas the water is restricted or needs to be separated from the...

read more

Horse Pastures – Maintenance

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There is little attention given to the health and maintenance of the pastures for our horses.  Farm owners must realize two principles.  The first is that there is a natural ebb and flow to the cycles between plant growth and horse...

read more

Horse Pastures – Types

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Pastures are often an afterthought to horse owners.  If it’s green then fence it and put the horses on it.  But it’s not that simple because of several factors.  These include the ability to nourish the horses correctly, the...

read more

Horse Trailering – An Introduction

This is a subject you might think a vet is not fluent in.  However you all need to know that for a while I shipped horses professionally before and during vet school.  I drove the big 18 wheel semi trailers (Mack, Freightliner and Peterbilt) all over the east coast of...

read more

Horse Trailering – Driving Tips

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material I know how to drive.  I’ve been driving since 1968.  I have driven motorcycles, small cars, pick up trucks and a long nose Peterbilt 18 wheel semi truck with 18 gears in the transmission.  I have hauled freight and horses all over...

read more

Horse Trailering – Shipping Tips

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Shipping horses is fun as long as nothing bad happens. There are two causes of bad things. Either you do something wrong like go too fast around a curve or, more likely, someone or something else (deer, hog, drunk driver) does...

read more

Horse Trailering – Trailer Features

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There are dozens of features I have seen from air conditioning to full water systems and tack rooms to sleeping quarters.  This is something personal and is constantly improving.  I have no advice here, just some images with...

read more

Horse Trailering – Trailer Types

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There are so many different types of trailers made with different materials and configured in many ways.  It is a personal preference which type you use as there are advantages and disadvantages to each.  If money were no object I...

read more