25 Great Horse Farm Tips to Help You Survive 2010 | Equine Barn

January 11th, 2010
  1. Equip stalls with a grain feeder and water receptacle; hay feeder is optional. 
  2. Rotate gate use in your pastures to help reduce occurrence of “sand spots.” 
  3. Electric fence produces a “bite” that horses understand from the pecking order in herds! 
  4. If your horse is “throwing” his grain, it is time to contact an equine dentist.
  5. Top latches on stall doors can help horses become “escape artists.”  
  6. Be able to i.d. your horse by keeping current pictures and health records on hand.
  7. Most of a foal’s growth occurs in the final third of the mare’s pregnancy!
  8. A horse’s normal temperature is between 99.5 and 101.5 degrees.
  9. Horses pick up on your attitude. Avoid riding if you are in a bad mood.
  10. Horses have good memories. Treat them well!
  11. Horses are grazing animals. A horse in pasture may graze 12 to 16 hours per day.
  12. Keep your pastures free of harmful debris and old equipment. 
  13. Keep your feed room secured. A loose horse will overindulge himself, resulting in colic.
  14. Don’t use the wood of fruit or nut bearing trees to make bedding for your horse. It is toxic!
  15. Store a cloth saturated in fly spray in a re-sealable plastic bag. It can be used for the sensitive areas on your horse’s face.
  16. Grilled partitions between stalls ventilate and allow socialization.
  17. Protect your horse from sun, wind, rain and snow. Provide outdoor sheds or stalls.
  18. Feel your horse’s chest to gauge his temperature when you are “cooling down” after a workout.
  19. Colic can result if a horse is not properly cooled down.
  20. Try to think as your horse thinks, not as humans do!
  21. A three-post “people pass” provides easy, hands-free access to fenced areas.
  22. Stall mats stop stalls from “bottoming out” due to circling horses.
  23. Wash-down” mats (with holes) resist sliding and allow drainage on dirt or concrete.
  24. Use a stall mat for outdoor feeds to keep dirt out of the food.
  25. 12 feet is the best width for barn aisles.
Photos Courtesy of: David Bailey, Photographer. www.davidbaileyphotography.com. Used With Permission. Copyright 2010 Ramm Fence Systems, Inc. All rights reserved

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