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biosecurity in barns

Preventing the spread of disease is a constant concern among equestrians, especially at busy barns where horses are always coming and going. Here are some ways to make biosecurity more manageable when building or renovating your facility. Biosecurity is a hot topic among equestrians. As an architect specializing in the design of healthy equestrian facilities, …

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farm critters

Whether you see them or not, your farm is home to many creatures besides you and your horses. Let’s take a look at how you can encourage beneficial animals, and discourage pests in a humane manner. Besides you and your horses, many other animals live on your farm. Most are welcome neighbors, but some are often …

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donkey sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, providing care and protection for the long-eared side of the equine family. Animal lover Sandra Pady may not have originally set out to create a donkey sanctuary. But over the years, her willingness to help animals in need has developed into one of the largest sanctuaries for the “other half” …

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healthy lungs

Keeping your horse’s lungs healthy can be simply achieved with small changes to your barn cleaning methods and feeding practices. The quality of air your horse breathes, and the health of his lungs, play a huge role in his ability to perform and be competitive. The equine respiratory system is what provides him with his tremendous power and …

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green farm

Creating a truly sustainable horse farm means considering more than just the barn. It also takes a look at site planning for best management practices. When I design a barn, I make a conscientious effort to incorporate elements and materials that reduce the structure’s overall environmental impact and carbon footprint while preserving and contributing to …

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deworming practices

Many barns still use basic rotational deworming with chemical products for parasite control. However, recent information and research is warning of parasite resistance to certain types of popular dewormers, and is calling for better management practices. Let’s take a look at how you can update your deworming program. Why deworming is necessary Untreated internal parasites …

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horse having a bath

Does your horse hate being bathed? Here’s how to approach bath time a little differently to make it a positive experience for everyone. Many horses seem to turn into different animals at bath time. From the gentle horse anyone can ride to the stunning equine athlete that takes home all the ribbons, their bath time …

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tractors going green

We have seen the evolution in cars, so now it is time for electric tractors to start working the fields. Canada’s food system is a result of the “green revolution”. Increased crop yields result from the use of large quantities of fossil-fuel energy in the form of diesel-powered machinery. This heavy reliance on fossil fuels …

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lightning bolt

How to protect your barn and horses from lightning. Lightning is nature’s energy unleashed. We might only see a lightning bolt for a split second, but what takes place is an immense discharge of electricity aiming to find the shortest and easiest path from the clouds to the ground. A typical lightning flash is four-tenths …

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budget

Whether you’re building a new horse farm, or renovating an existing one, one of the most important questions you must ask yourself is: “What is my budget?” If your desire is to create an eco-friendly farm that is not only chore-efficient and safe and healthy for your horses, but also environmentally friendly, you’re probably wondering …

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