So here you can find out about the stuff at the barn that makes the barn world go 'round. Do you have a barn management question for me? You can always email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have a question.
Your new horse needs some stuff - a team, grooming supplies, and medical records in order. Here's a handy checklist to make sure your unicorn is all set when he arrives!
Keep a box or two of baking soda around to help you clean up the barn.
Behind the scenes of how hay is made.
Simple ways to see if your horse's stall has it out for your horse. Think of it as how to bubble wrap his stall.
There's one way to clean up mice and rat droppings at the barn - and it better not be with a broom!
A few ideas on how you may be able to use fewer shavings for your horse - and save some money in the process!
Time to double up on chores and make sure the horse barn and farm are ready for winter!
Tips on getting rid of damp areas, mold and mildew smell in your barn!
Sometimes you can poach your horse stuff for the dog, your cow stuff for your horse, and your barn stuff for the cat!
What to store in the horse barn fridge and freezer!
How to battle poison ivy around the barn, and also maybe goats.
Horses are expensive - but you can save some dollars here and there! Ideas to get you rolling.
Getting back to basics - clean your horse's stall the best way with the best tools!
Sometimes you can combine errands and get a lot of your horse shopping done at the grocery store!
No horse wants to lick ice to get water. Help your dude out by using tried and true tested bucket warming techniques.
Ideas on how to bust your horse's boredom when the winter days are full of bad weather and limited turn out!
I'm not a fan of creepy crawlies anyway, but the barn is no place for cobwebs and spiders!
A touchy subject, but one that can be handled with care and anonymity. Learn how you can report illegal substances in show horses!
Keep your arena base and footing lasting longer by following some simple tips!
Beet pulp is a great way to supplement your horse's fiber and energy needs!
I will stop at nothing to make the case for having a goat. Turns out, they are great companions and pasture cleaner-uppers, too.
Some great reasons to use compressed hay bales and hay cubes for your horse!
Why your horse should (or should not) eat with a bit in his mouth!
Ideas on what makes a good feed store for your horse, versus one that is "meh".
You will need more than a map to cross state lines with your horse!
Ideas on why fly traps may be great for your horse barn, and how to make your own!
Sometimes you are stuck at the barn overnight - some ideas on how to make the best of it!
The scoop on acorns, horses, and what to do if your horse binge eats a bunch of acorns.
Why clover can sometimes cause the slobbers in horses!
What you can do about bird nests in the barn, and why you may want to consider discouraging birds from living in the barn!
Guidelines for when to isolate a horse from the rest of the barn and pastures.
What's the deal with chickens and horses? Can they be buddies at the barn?
Some ideas on what to put on the barn's bulletin board! For fun, for safety, for emergencies.
The basics about NSC values, high laminitis risk horses, and grazing your horse in pasture!
Some ideas on how you can make your own horse treats!
Some stuff to think about when you are stripping your horse's stall. Get ready for a workout!
Why wheat bran mashes can be good, and not so good for horses!
Why I love, and don't love, the grass horse paddock.
Should you bring your horses in during really bad weather?
Should you play music as you work around the horses?
Why your horse will thank you for wetting his pellets and grains before you feed!
How You (and Your Veterinarian) can decide if your horse's wound needs to be covered.
How to be practical and safe at the same time when it comes to sharing horses supplies and tack at the barn!
Ideas on how you may be able to save precious time at the barn by cutting some corners!
No horse wants to eat fuzzy or moldy food - how to make sure your horse grains and feed stay fresh!
Keep yourself cool and safe from heat related illnesses while you work at the barn!
Ideas on how you can make your horses safer during a lightning storm.
Some horses, and some farms, can greatly benefit from a dry lot turnout!
What to consider when you are thinking of retiring your horse!
A brief summary of why horses kept outside in paddocks or pastures have it best!
How you can stretch your dollars and have your hay deliveries last longer by reducing wasted hay at the barn!
Some ideas on how to create an emergency plan at the barn - for people!
Why it's important for all horses to learn to live in stalls!
How you can introduce your horse to a herd living situation!
Top tips for creating a safe area for your farrier to work on your horse!
Great options for outdoor bedding for your horse's run, attached to the barn.
Ideas on how to give your horse oral medications via syringe without him leaping into the next county.
The pros and cons of both automatic waterers and water buckets for your horse.
Ideas of how you can outsmart that picky horse!
Handy checklist of questions to ask a potential new barn for your horse!
Five common barn safety violations that take seconds to remedy - be safe and keep your horses safe!
Step by step instructions on how to estimate your horse's weight!
When faced with a horse that would rather not be caught, it's time to retrain your horse!
The pros and cons of using hay pellets for your horse!
Ideas to help your hard keeper horse stay plump this winter!
You may not want to think about it, but knowing what normal horse manure can save you some Vet bills!
Ideas on how to catch a panicked horse - some things to think about!
How to safely feed pumpkin as a treat for horses!
What horse owners and grooms need to know about pinworms!
How to make your horse's hay dunking habit a bit cleaner and less time consuming for you!
Some ideas on how to best clean the water trough, and keep it clean and critter free for your horse!
Easy steps to fold horse blankets for a polished look down the barn aisle.
Ideas for creating a minimal shavings barn!
Easy steps to train your horse to be still and calm during injections.
Some tips on tracking and planning for your horse's health needs.
Tips and ideas for making a safe wash rack in your barn for your horse!
How you can maximize safety around the gates on your horse property!
Some safety points about wire fencing and horses!
How Grooms can help alleviate the stress and panic that often occurs when horses hear and see fireworks.
Ideas on how you can make your horse barn a little safer from fire.
Some ideas on how you can slow down the crazy fast eating horse, for his own safety!
Ways you can reduce the population of mosquitos at the horse barn!
How you can avoid being eaten alive by bugs at the horse barn!
Ideas on how to make your horse less likely to go from "peaceful turnout" to "going to take out the fence".
Some easy ways to assure your horse turnout paddocks are safe for your horse!
Some basic and extra information that you may want to include on your horse's stall card.
Necessary chores to ready the horse barn for summer!
How Grooms can safely feed a herd of horses.
The scoop on rattlesnake behaviors, and how horse owners and Grooms can prevent and treat rattlesnake bites.
Good techniques for Grooms to use when storing grains and supplements.
The basics of a good run in shelter for your horses!
The basics of shipping fever - the causes, and what Grooms can do to prevent it and notice it.
How horse owners can battle the fire ant to keep their horses safe and pastures clear.
The scoop on treats for horses - what's safe, what's questionable, and what's never OK to feed.
The deep litter bedding system for Grooms - saves time and hassle, not to mention shavings.
Could your horse benefit from the use of a slow feeder?
Tips for Grooms on getting rid of the ammonia smell in their horse's stalls.
Tips and tricks for keeping dehydration at bay! Learn to entice your horse to drink more.
A handy checklist for the horse owner of all the things your caretaker needs to know while you are gone for vacation.
Some ideas on how you can keep your grooming supplies and horse items more ideally stored!
Dehydration in the winter can be prevented, with some easy tips and some understanding about how horses like to drink.
Some things to do and get together before winter rolls around. Have your rig, your barn, your horses ready!
The hows and whys about feeding hay - what works best for horses!
Some practical things to do to help your horse settle in at the shows!
Horses that weave can often be helped with a few handy tricks and tips.
To protect your "stuff" and tack at the barn, you have some options for locks.
How you can protect your barn and fencing from a horse that habitually kicks.
A handy reference for Grooms to decide when to call the Vet!
Tips and techniques for pill crushing, to make medicating your horse easier!
Tips and tricks for Grooms and horse owners to prevent choke in horses.
How Grooms and horse owners can lessen the risk of casting at the barn!
How Grooms and horse owners can identify their horses, and what it takes to prove ownership.
How Grooms can stay on top of barn safety.
How Grooms and barn owners can organize an evacuation plan before one is needed!
Some proven techniques for cleaning the stall walls - manure, grain, bran, and snot included!
Grooms can have at the ready a few hoof goops - for every occasion.
Groom do one thing all day long - open and close stall doors! Here are some stall door safety tips.
How Grooms can create a Figure 8 out of their bridles for a tidy tack room.
Funny words and their meanings - from holistic to supplement, a list of common words that Groom's encounter in their work!
Grooms can protect themselves from chiggers!
How to set up your horse's show stall for a weekend (or longer) of Grooming fun!
Some tips for using electric fencing, aka hot wire.
Grooms are sometimes tasked with the unfortunate chore of leveling stalls. Here are some construction tips to make this chore a bit easier.
A few tips for Grooms to follow while inspecting hay at the barn!
Things to consider before you hit the road for a super long trip in the trailer!
Guidelines for Barn Rules. What?? There are RULES?
Ways to manage dust for healthier horses and a cleaner barn!
The why's and how's of soaking hay.
Flies can be miserable - tolerable - or under control. You have many options to make this happen!
At some point, you will need to mange your horse's nutrition. A great resource is an Equine Nutritionist!
Mud is a major pain in the butt, here are some of the ways that you can minimize that hassle.
Finally! Spring!! Here's a list of extra chores to tackle before the hot weather comes!
How to properly dispose of expired medications.
Our friend Dr. Clair Thunes from Summit Equine Nutrition enlightens us about Probiotics!
Can you keep a grass pasture going year round for your horses?
This is often a battle of wills - here are some tips to make medicating your horse a bit easier!
Sometimes, you run the risk of a virus or other infection going through your barn. Here are some guidelines for creating a safer place for all horses.
Have a horse that wants to tear the barn down? One bolt at a time? Be glad he doesn't have hands.
The basics about coprophagia and what you can do about it.
How much grain is too much grain at one meal?
The use of artificial lights to control hair coat length.
Some basic guidelines for storing hay.
Here are some ways to prevent cribbing horses from destroying your barn!
Some simple tips to making a tack room tidy!
Oh - ick - mice and rats!
What's in Your Vet Kit?
Bedding - what do you like? Rice Hulls, Shavings, Straw?
Pro Equine Grooms - The Many Uses of Bailing Twine