Barn Manangement


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,, if you have a question. 





The Cross Tie Area - How to Make Your Grooming Space Safe

Ideas on how your horse's grooming area can be as safe as possible - if you use cross ties or not!

Zeolites for Outdoor Use on Ice and Slippery Surfaces

You can use zeolites at the barn to help gain traction on icy or slippery surfaces.

Frozen Ground - Keep Your Horse Safe

Learn more about frozen ground, it's dangers, and what you can do about it.

Why You Might Need an Insta-Hot Kettle at the Barn!

A fabulous listicle of all the reasons you and your horse need an insta-hot kettle at the barn.

Cold Weather Hacks for Barn Chores and Riding When it's Freezing!

Some ideas on how to make cold weather chores and horseback riding much more comfortable!

7 Easy Things to Keep Your Horse Healthy

Top 7 things to do to keep your horse healthy - some is common sense, some is super fast, some requires daily diligence.

Zeolites for Bug Control at the Barn

The many uses of zeolites at the barn - including bug control!

Why Bank Your Horse's Stall Walls?

Ideas on why you might want to bank the shavings in your horse stall up against the walls.

New Horse Checklist

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!

The Many Uses of Baking Soda at the Barn!

Keep a box or two of baking soda around to help you clean up the barn.

How Hay is Made

Behind the scenes of how hay is made.

Is Your Horse's Stall Trying to Hurt Your Horse?

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.

How to Safely Clean Up Rodent Droppings at the Barn

There's one way to clean up mice and rat droppings at the barn - and it better not be with a broom!

Use fewer shavings and save some dough!

A few ideas on how you may be able to use fewer shavings for your horse - and save some money in the process!

Get the Farm Ready For Fall and Winter!

Time to double up on chores and make sure the horse barn and farm are ready for winter!

Get Rid of the Damp and Mold in Your Barn!

Tips on getting rid of damp areas, mold and mildew smell in your barn!

Your Horse, Cow, Dog, and Cat Can Share Their Stuff!

Sometimes you can poach your horse stuff for the dog, your cow stuff for your horse, and your barn stuff for the cat!

The Horse Barn Fridge - Necessities and Luxuries

What to store in the horse barn fridge and freezer!

Horses, Goats, and Poison Ivy - All Of The Details!

How to battle poison ivy around the barn, and also maybe goats.

Ideas For Saving Money Around The Barn

Horses are expensive - but you can save some dollars here and there! Ideas to get you rolling.

Stall Cleaning Tools and Tips!

Getting back to basics - clean your horse's stall the best way with the best tools!

Hit the Grocery Store to Stock Up on Barn Supplies!

Sometimes you can combine errands and get a lot of your horse shopping done at the grocery store!

How to Keep Water Buckets From Freezing at the Barn

No horse wants to lick ice to get water. Help your dude out by using tried and true tested bucket warming techniques.

Boredom Busters for Winter Days

Ideas on how to bust your horse's boredom when the winter days are full of bad weather and limited turn out!

Dealing with Cobwebs and Spiders at the Barn

I'm not a fan of creepy crawlies anyway, but the barn is no place for cobwebs and spiders!

Know How to Report Drugging or Doping

A touchy subject, but one that can be handled with care and anonymity. Learn how you can report illegal substances in show horses!

Arena Care Basics!

Keep your arena base and footing lasting longer by following some simple tips!

Beet Pulp 101

Beet pulp is a great way to supplement your horse's fiber and energy needs!

Goats and Horses Go Together Like PB and J

I will stop at nothing to make the case for having a goat. Turns out, they are great companions and pasture cleaner-uppers, too.

Compressed Hay and Hay Cubes For Your Horse!

Some great reasons to use compressed hay bales and hay cubes for your horse!

Should Your Horse Eat With a Bit?

Why your horse should (or should not) eat with a bit in his mouth!

How to Select a Feed Store For Your Horse

Ideas on what makes a good feed store for your horse, versus one that is "meh".

What Do I Need to Travel Across State Lines With My Horse?

You will need more than a map to cross state lines with your horse!

Fly Traps - The Good, The Bad, The Homemade

Ideas on why fly traps may be great for your horse barn, and how to make your own!

Tips for Spending the Night at the Barn.

Sometimes you are stuck at the barn overnight - some ideas on how to make the best of it!

Acorns and Horses - Why They Shouldn't Mix

The scoop on acorns, horses, and what to do if your horse binge eats a bunch of acorns.

Your Horse + Clover = Slobbers

Why clover can sometimes cause the slobbers in horses!

Horse Barns and Bird Nests -What to Do!

What you can do about bird nests in the barn, and why you may want to consider discouraging birds from living in the barn!

When to Isolate a Horse - Keep the Herd Safe!

Guidelines for when to isolate a horse from the rest of the barn and pastures.

Horses and Chickens - Can You Mix Them Together?

What's the deal with chickens and horses? Can they be buddies at the barn?

The Barn Bulletin Board!

Some ideas on what to put on the barn's bulletin board! For fun, for safety, for emergencies.

What To Know About Pasture Grass and NSC values!

The basics about NSC values, high laminitis risk horses, and grazing your horse in pasture!

Homemade Horse Treats!

Some ideas on how you can make your own horse treats!

Strip Your Horse's Stall!

Some stuff to think about when you are stripping your horse's stall. Get ready for a workout!

Wheat Bran Mashes for Horses - Pros and cons!

Why wheat bran mashes can be good, and not so good for horses!

Grass Horse Paddocks - Pros and Cons!

Why I love, and don't love, the grass horse paddock.

Cold, Bad Weather: Bring The Horses In, Or Let Them Stay Out?

Should you bring your horses in during really bad weather?

Is There a Place For Music at The Barn?

Should you play music as you work around the horses?

Add Water to Your Horse's Meals!

Why your horse will thank you for wetting his pellets and grains before you feed!

Does Your Horse's Wound Need a Bandage?

How You (and Your Veterinarian) can decide if your horse's wound needs to be covered.

What Barn Supplies Can You Share Between Horses?

How to be practical and safe at the same time when it comes to sharing horses supplies and tack at the barn!

Can You Cut Corners at the Barn to Save Time?

Ideas on how you may be able to save precious time at the barn by cutting some corners!

Make Sure Your Bagged Horse Grains and Feeds are Fresh!

No horse wants to eat fuzzy or moldy food - how to make sure your horse grains and feed stay fresh!

How to Keep the Humans Cool at the Barn!

Keep yourself cool and safe from heat related illnesses while you work at the barn!

What To Do With The Horses During a Lightning Storm

Ideas on how you can make your horses safer during a lightning storm.

The Benefits of Dry Lots as Turn Out!

Some horses, and some farms, can greatly benefit from a dry lot turnout!

Retire Your Horse! What to Consider!

What to consider when you are thinking of retiring your horse!

Pasture Living Can be Better Than Stall Living!

A brief summary of why horses kept outside in paddocks or pastures have it best!

Reduce Wasted Hay at Your Barn!

How you can stretch your dollars and have your hay deliveries last longer by reducing wasted hay at the barn!

People Emergencies at the Barn - Make a Plan!

Some ideas on how to create an emergency plan at the barn - for people!

Stall Living VS. Pasture Living - Why Stalls are "Better"

Why it's important for all horses to learn to live in stalls!

Make Horse Herd Introductions Safer!

How you can introduce your horse to a herd living situation!

Create a Safe Area for Your Horse's Farrier to Work!

Top tips for creating a safe area for your farrier to work on your horse!

Outdoor Bedding Options for Your Horse's Run or In-and-Out

Great options for outdoor bedding for your horse's run, attached to the barn.

Give your Horse Oral Medications Without the Drama!

Ideas on how to give your horse oral medications via syringe without him leaping into the next county.

Automatic Horse Waterer or Old Fashioned Bucket?

The pros and cons of both automatic waterers and water buckets for your horse.

Dealing with the Picky Eater

Ideas of how you can outsmart that picky horse!

Barn Shopping? Some questions to ask!

Handy checklist of questions to ask a potential new barn for your horse!

The Top Five Barn Safety Violations

Five common barn safety violations that take seconds to remedy - be safe and keep your horses safe!

How to Estimate Your Horse's Weight

Step by step instructions on how to estimate your horse's weight!

Ideas on How to Train the Uncatchable Horse How to be Caught!

When faced with a horse that would rather not be caught, it's time to retrain your horse!

What You Should Know About Hay Pellets

The pros and cons of using hay pellets for your horse!

Help for Hard Keepers in the Winter

Ideas to help your hard keeper horse stay plump this winter!

Is Your Horse's Manure Normal?

You may not want to think about it, but knowing what normal horse manure can save you some Vet bills!

Ideas for Catching a Panicked Horse

Ideas on how to catch a panicked horse - some things to think about!

Can Your Horse eat Pumpkin?

How to safely feed pumpkin as a treat for horses!

The Problem With Pinworms and Your Horse

What horse owners and grooms need to know about pinworms!

How You Can Tidy Up Your Horse's Hay Dunking Habit

How to make your horse's hay dunking habit a bit cleaner and less time consuming for you!

How to Clean the Water Trough

Some ideas on how to best clean the water trough, and keep it clean and critter free for your horse!

Tidy up the Barn Aisle by Expertly Folding Blankets

Easy steps to fold horse blankets for a polished look down the barn aisle.

How You Can Skimp On Shavings

Ideas for creating a minimal shavings barn!

Train your Horse to Behave for Injections!

Easy steps to train your horse to be still and calm during injections.

Horse Health Record Keeping - Easy Ways to Record it All!

Some tips on tracking and planning for your horse's health needs.

How You Can Make Your Horse's Wash Rack Safer

Tips and ideas for making a safe wash rack in your barn for your horse!

Easy Ways to Make Your Horse Paddock Gates Safe

How you can maximize safety around the gates on your horse property!

Make your Barn's Wire Fencing Safer

Some safety points about wire fencing and horses!

Horses + Fireworks Don't Have to = Pandemonium

How Grooms can help alleviate the stress and panic that often occurs when horses hear and see fireworks.

How You Can Prevent Horse Barn Fires

Ideas on how you can make your horse barn a little safer from fire.

Stop Your Horse from Bolting his Food

Some ideas on how you can slow down the crazy fast eating horse, for his own safety!

Mosquito Control at the Barn

Ways you can reduce the population of mosquitos at the horse barn!

Bug Control - For You!

How you can avoid being eaten alive by bugs at the horse barn!

Does Your Horse Have Safe Turnout Behavior? What You Can Do!

Ideas on how to make your horse less likely to go from "peaceful turnout" to "going to take out the fence".

How to Make your Horse Paddocks and Turnouts Safe!

Some easy ways to assure your horse turnout paddocks are safe for your horse!

Your Horse's Stall Card

Some basic and extra information that you may want to include on your horse's stall card.

Getting the Horse Barn ready for Summer!

Necessary chores to ready the horse barn for summer!

Feeding the Herd - Best Practices

How Grooms can safely feed a herd of horses.

Rattlesnakes - know what to do!

The scoop on rattlesnake behaviors, and how horse owners and Grooms can prevent and treat rattlesnake bites.

Storing Grains and Supplements

Good techniques for Grooms to use when storing grains and supplements.

The Run in Shed - How to Make it Safe

The basics of a good run in shelter for your horses!

Shipping Fever in Horses

The basics of shipping fever - the causes, and what Grooms can do to prevent it and notice it.

Fire Ant Management at the Barn

How horse owners can battle the fire ant to keep their horses safe and pastures clear.

Treats for Horses - the Good, the Iffy, and the Bad

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 Your Horse's Stall

The deep litter bedding system for Grooms - saves time and hassle, not to mention shavings.

Slow Feeder Basics

Could your horse benefit from the use of a slow feeder?

That Ammonia Smell - Get Rid of It!

Tips for Grooms on getting rid of the ammonia smell in their horse's stalls.

Lead Your Horse to Water, AND Entice Him to Drink!

Tips and tricks for keeping dehydration at bay! Learn to entice your horse to drink more.

So you are leaving for a Vacation?

A handy checklist for the horse owner of all the things your caretaker needs to know while you are gone for vacation.

Space Saving Ideas for your Barn

Some ideas on how you can keep your grooming supplies and horse items more ideally stored!

Winter Time Dehydration

Dehydration in the winter can be prevented, with some easy tips and some understanding about how horses like to drink.

Fall Barn Chores to Get Ready for Winter

Some things to do and get together before winter rolls around. Have your rig, your barn, your horses ready!

Best Feeding Practices for Hay

The hows and whys about feeding hay - what works best for horses!

Settling in at a Horse Show

Some practical things to do to help your horse settle in at the shows!

Managing a Weaver

Horses that weave can often be helped with a few handy tricks and tips.

Locking up at the Barn - tips and ideas

To protect your "stuff" and tack at the barn, you have some options for locks.

Stall Kicking - how to protect your barn

How you can protect your barn and fencing from a horse that habitually kicks.

When to Call the Vet!

A handy reference for Grooms to decide when to call the Vet!

Pill Crushing

Tips and techniques for pill crushing, to make medicating your horse easier!

Preventing Choke in your Horse

Tips and tricks for Grooms and horse owners to prevent choke in horses.

Preventing your Horse from being Cast

How Grooms and horse owners can lessen the risk of casting at the barn!

Horse Identification and Proof of Ownership

How Grooms and horse owners can identify their horses, and what it takes to prove ownership.

Barn Safety

How Grooms can stay on top of barn safety.

Creating an Evacuation Plan

How Grooms and barn owners can organize an evacuation plan before one is needed!

Cleaning Stall Walls...ugh....

Some proven techniques for cleaning the stall walls - manure, grain, bran, and snot included!

Hoof Goops to Have on Hand

Grooms can have at the ready a few hoof goops - for every occasion.

Stall Doors

Groom do one thing all day long - open and close stall doors! Here are some stall door safety tips.

The Figure 8 Bridle

How Grooms can create a Figure 8 out of their bridles for a tidy tack room.

The Show Stall

How to set up your horse's show stall for a weekend (or longer) of Grooming fun!

ZAP! Electric Fencing

Some tips for using electric fencing, aka hot wire.

What's under your bedding?

Grooms are sometimes tasked with the unfortunate chore of leveling stalls. Here are some construction tips to make this chore a bit easier.

Hay Quality

A few tips for Grooms to follow while inspecting hay at the barn!

Long Distance Traveling

Things to consider before you hit the road for a super long trip in the trailer!

Barn Rules

Guidelines for Barn Rules. What?? There are RULES?

Managing Dust

Ways to manage dust for healthier horses and a cleaner barn!

Soaking Hay

The why's and how's of soaking hay.

Fly Control

Flies can be miserable - tolerable - or under control. You have many options to make this happen!

What does a Nutritionist actually DO?

At some point, you will need to mange your horse's nutrition. A great resource is an Equine Nutritionist!

Managing Mud

Mud is a major pain in the butt, here are some of the ways that you can minimize that hassle.

Spring Cleaning the Barn

Finally! Spring!! Here's a list of extra chores to tackle before the hot weather comes!

Disposing of Medications

How to properly dispose of expired medications.


Our friend Dr. Clair Thunes from Summit Equine Nutrition enlightens us about Probiotics!

Pasture Management

Can you keep a grass pasture going year round for your horses?

Giving your Horse Oral Medications

This is often a battle of wills - here are some tips to make medicating your horse a bit easier!

Isolation Guidelines

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.

Battling the Bored, Destructive Horse

Have a horse that wants to tear the barn down? One bolt at a time? Be glad he doesn't have hands.

Coprophagia. Need I say more?

The basics about coprophagia and what you can do about it.

Feeding Grain

How much grain is too much grain at one meal?

Using Lights to Control Hair Coats

The use of artificial lights to control hair coat length.

Hay Storage Basics

Some basic guidelines for storing hay.

Tips for managing cribbers in your barn

Here are some ways to prevent cribbing horses from destroying your barn!

Tack Room Tips!

Some simple tips to making a tack room tidy!

Mice and Rodents

Oh - ick - mice and rats!

Vet Kit

What's in Your Vet Kit?

Bedding Choices

Bedding - what do you like? Rice Hulls, Shavings, Straw?

Bailing Twine and all of it's uses!

Pro Equine Grooms - The Many Uses of Bailing Twine