Horse Farm Equipment, Storage Areas, Training Areas, Specialized Areas and Waste Management

Horse Farm Equipment, Storage Areas, Training Areas, Specialized Areas and Waste Management

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Horse Farm Equipment – An Introduction

Every barn has equipment specialized for a job.  There are a lot of pieces and here are just a few.  I suppose I could add another bunch here such as different types of pitch forks but this will need to wait for a while.  It is just too personal a choice and the...

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Horse Farm Equipment – Barn Floor Sweepers And Blowers

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material When the gas or electric blowers start up, I take cover.  There is no better way to kick up dust than to blow it all over the place.  Sweepers at least don’t make the dirt airbourn.  However, in barns with crevasses in the...

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Horse Farm Equipment – Blanket Racks

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Blankets have become a big part of horse life today.  From fly sheets to coolers to turn out rugs, blankets come in all styles, purposes and sizes.  It is rare that a horse only has one blanket and if one is not on a horse then it...

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Horse Farm Equipment – Salt And Mineral Dispensers

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Here are some images of ways to dispense salt and minerals that I have seen on many farms.  Personally I use a mined salt block on the ground or having someway on a wall.  I also believe that many minerals are found in the well...

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Horse Farm Equipment – Water Buckets

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There are so many types of buckets to put water into and this gallery shows you some.  Believe it or not, buckets for water and other materials have caused damage to horses when handles are exposed and the horse is spooked.  Torn...

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Horse Farm Storage – An Introduction

There never is enough storage on a farm. Storage areas are needed to protect equipment and supplies.  Here are some I have come across.  Most are standard and represent the concept but some are fairly unique in the way they are made. Use the browser back button or...

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Horse Farm Storage – Barn Loft

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Many barns utilize the space just below the roof and above the stalls (the loft) for storing things.  Where the temperatures are moderate, lofts are usually large with room for large amounts of hay.  Where the temperatures are very...

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Horse Farm Storage – Equipment And Trailer

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material A place to keep equipment and trailers from exposure to weather is necessary on any farm.  This protection from the elements will extend the working life and your investment in these things will be extended in time.  Just as...

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Horse Farm Storage – Feed And Bedding

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Storing food and bedding should give protection from weather and be efficient to access for use.  These things are accessed daily and have turnover on a consistent basis.  They also create a lot of dust and dirt so this access...

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Horse Training Equipment – An Introduction

These areas and pieces of equipment are needed to support the training and development of horses for athletic endeavors.  You might find some other training equipment in the therapy section such as vibrating plates.  These topics are specific to training the horse and...

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Horse Training Equipment – Exercise Machines

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The purpose of exercise machines for horses is to create controlled movement.  This is useful when winter prevents turn out or when traveling and there is no turn out at competition events.  They are also useful for recovering from...

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Horse Training Equipment – Extreme Trail

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There is a sport that has developed where a trail is made like an obstacle course.  This type of trail is called an Extreme Trail with various degrees of difficulty.  This encourages the horse to focus as they are asked to clear...

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Horse Training Equipment – Jog Tracks

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material LSD is important in recovering horses from injury.  LSD is Long, Slow Distance (see the article on this elsewhere) and jog tracks are perfect for this.   All connective tissue responds and strengthens from the Piezoelectric...

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Horse Training Equipment – Jumps

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Jumping horses requires jumps.  The varieties are as many as our imagination. **CONTINUED IN ARTICLE TAB** Related material – Sometimes I have a lot of material here that I have written, podcasted, video blogs and other things. ...

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Horse Training Equipment – Round Pens

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Training horses within a confined space without corners has been used since the beginning of our time with horses.  Stakes in the ground with tree branches as sides work but has some dangers. **CONTINUED IN ARTICLE TAB** Related...

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Specialized Areas – Assisted Horse Riding Facilities

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The efficacy of using horses as therapy for people with mental, emotional or physical challenges is unquestioned.  Barns that have adapted their facilities to accommodate these people and their families are now found everywhere. ...

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Specialized Areas – Sheds And Turnouts

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The ability for a horse to live outside is accomplished on many farms by providing structures that allow for free entrance and exit at any time for the horses.  These structures provide protection from the weather including rain,...

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Waste Management – An Introduction

This is an important area of horse ownership.  I attended a seminar a long time ago that discussed this very topic at Cornell University with speakers from around the globe.  With all the new technology it still boiled down to removing the waste from the stall and...

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Waste Management – Cleaning

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Where ever horses are, poop and urine happen.  Daily.  It is the most basic of horse care to clean the areas where they spend time, yet some people skimp on this needed process.   There are several reasons for cleaning up horse...

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Waste Management – Composting

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Composting of horse waste is done on several farms I visit.  This has several benefits that are discussed here with pictures of some set ups on a few farms. **CONTINUED IN ARTICLE TAB** Related material – Sometimes I have a lot of...

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Waste Management – Containers

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Containment of horse waste is needed where it will be hauled away in the future.  Many keep it in a trailer or a manure spreader where once or twice a week it is emptied.  Waste containment is important and in some areas are...

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Waste Management – Spreading

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There is one rule when spreading horse waste.  Avoid spreading it on a pasture where horses live.  This is not sanitary and encourages the spread of parasites.  It is true that periods of dry heat will kill the larvae but few areas...

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Waste Management – Vacuums

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The first time I heard of a manure vacuum was when it was used in a study about parasite control in the early 1980’s.  It was driven off of a PTO drive shaft from a tractor.  Since then there are a few companies making gas...

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