Category Archives: Farm & Barn

The real cost of self care boarding

I’ve been in self care boarding for over 8 years or there about. Only when we lived in Missouri for a year were the horses on my own property – in all other situations I had to drive out (30 … Continue reading

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changing fences and installing gates

This has been a week of ups and downs with more stress then I thought. I’ve been wanting to make some changes in the paddock area at the barn and while I put the money back for it months ago, … Continue reading

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Gravel screenings for better drainage around the Loafing Shed

When I moved to my current location 3+ years ago I paid for several improvements – one of those was adding gravel screenings inside my loafing shed and around the run off area. The 12 x 12 Loafing Shed was … Continue reading

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Building the Poor Woman’s riding arena

For years I’ve dealt with the lack of a riding arena by just riding in the pasture.¬†The place where I board now also does not have a riding arena and when I just had Tristan and the pony-girls it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Barn design: Drainage problems in the stalls

What is wrong with this interior stall¬†photo? The slope runs downhill INTO the barn! So guess where the rain goes? Into the stall and into the barn’s aisle. Guess what the horses are standing in? Mud. If this were my … Continue reading

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More barn changes: Dutch door on the north side

One of the winterizing changes we’ve made to the barn is to the north door. The original door so heavy that one person couldn’t open it! The timbers were of rough sawn, oak and because it also hung crooked with … Continue reading

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Barn design: Hay room

You may remember that we have been renovating the barn – “winterizing” it as best as I can due to finances and being a rental. We decided not to add in additional stalls on the west side but to just … Continue reading

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