Barns & Stables

Reduce Your Ecological Hoofprint

By Stephanie Captein - When asked about their ideal horse property, whether for ownership or boarding, many horse owners will list things such as expansive green pastures, clean stables, dry turnout areas, a managed manure compost system, proximity to equestrian amenities such as trails, and nice views of streams and forested areas. The resulting image is a picturesque vista of horses dotting the landscape and living in harmony with nature.

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To our horses, and to many horse people as well, the barn is home. This often simple building is a place of rest, relaxation, and recuperation, of learning and training, of health and security, and of friendship and bonding. But if not built or managed properly, the barn can also become a danger; and even if we try our hardest to be vigilant, accidents and emergencies can and do happen.

Pervious Concrete

Learn more about pervious concrete as a safer, cleaner alternative surface for areas where horses are washed or watered in this video from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

Committed to Community

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - When one thinks of dream barns, a therapeutic riding centre is typically not the first thing to come to mind. But Paralympian rider Alexander (Sandy) J. Mitchell (who will be competing in his fourth Paralympic competition in London in 2012) had a vision of a world class facility that catered to the elite equestrian and special needs rider alike. WindReach Farm was the result.

Dream Barns: Island Paradise

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - When they first began designing Foxstone Stables, owners Ann Lindwall and David Saari, and manager Norah Ross, had in mind a state of the art hunter/jumper training facility, and that’s just what they ended up with. “We wanted a stable that would fit into the natural look of the property,” said Ross. “So we used a lot of wood and neutral colours that blended into the beautiful hillside.”

Photo courtesy of GreenScene Agritek

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Who says you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear…or at least fresh bedding out of horse manure? GreenScene Agritek Inc. (GSA) has developed a new, economical technology that recycles horse waste and used bedding by transforming it into clean bedding pellets for your horse’s stall.

Sumac Farms

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - As horse people, we’ve all dreamed about walking out the back door of our house, across the lawn, to a beautiful stable filled with happy horses. Whether your fantasy is of a cozy two stall barn or a 25 stall show facility, functionality and safety come first…which isn’t to say that beauty and luxury can’t be a part of your dream barn too.

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