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Many property owners with extra acreage are tempted to make their own hay by knocking down a grass meadow and baling it up for either their own horses and/or to sell.

Hay

For horse owners it is wise to know what is growing before you mow. There are an extensive number of nefarious herbs and weeds that can harm horses.  Some plants and weeds may be harmless for...

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July 16, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you’ve ever volunteered as a puppy walker and puppy home for a hunting club then you’ll appreciate the incredible ability the hound has for finding trouble. The American Foxhound, a cross between the English and French Foxhound, later intertwined in some cases with the Irish Foxhound, is a prime example of a canine with speed and stamina and a nose for finding quarry.

Irish Foxhound

As a kid my first hound puppy was an English...

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July 8, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If there is anything the Covid19 crisis has taught us all it is to have a Plan B.

Covid Crisis

Horse owners never expected suddenly to find themselves cut off from access to their horses that were in livery. Commercial barn owners did not expect to be left holding the muck fork and dealing with frustrated clients. In some states, folks were not affected, but for others, such as those in the North-East, the time away from being allowed to see/...

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July 8, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The history of horse barns shows us that building structures for agricultural use has evolved significantly over the years as farmers’ needs changed. Initially more grain was threshed on the ground level of a barn than animals kept, and the need for hay storage was not much considered.

As we age through the 1600’s into the 1800’s, the barn design slowly transformed its purpose, with ground floor living for cows and horses (or...

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June 23, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Lots of folks are going green these days, venturing into vegetable growing for the first time to secure their own food source amidst the Covid19 pandemic. During World War II the ‘Victory Garden’ concept captured the benefits of producing foodstuffs on your own soil, limiting reliability on outside sources.

Garden

Other reasons to go green include health concerns and the ethic of mitigating the damage caused by our individual carbon...

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June 23, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Horizon Structures Facebook May Run-in Shed Auction winner Arthur’s Acres Animal Sanctuary, is not your average 501(c)3 rescue operation. Founded two years ago by Todd Friedman, the farm located in Parksville, New York is home to a herd of pigs that he has rescued from all over the Eastern seaboard.

The...

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June 23, 2020 posted by Content Admin

What do chickens need? If you are raising chickens for meat or for eggs, you’ll find that it can be sometimes very challenging. They are prone to some health issues that can pass very quickly, due to their close proximity in a coop/confined space.

We also need to worry about predators when we raise chickens and it doesn’t matter where you live, whether in off-grid living or in the city, there will be predators. Even in downtown Denver, in the very heart of the city, you will see foxes roaming...

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June 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Equestrians embrace tradition.  And, timber frame horse barns offer a time-honored tradition that is hard to beat when it comes to beautiful carpentry exquisitely showcasing the natural aesthetic appeal of wood.

When my husband and I purchased our farmland in Upstate New York, the neighbor had already taken possession of a lovely 2 bridge – or bank - barn in the front of our property. It was still standing proudly on the hill after 100 years, and despite the fact that its main occupants consisted of a flock of pigeons and said...

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June 8, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


There are expenses over and above the barn to consider when you purchase horse housing. The key to staying on budget is to be aware of all the components and put together an accurate list that identifies the real costs of construction of your new horse barn.

Center Aisle Horse Barn

Start your barn purchasing process with a ‘to-the-penny’ quote for the actual structure itself. Include itemized prices for all options and...

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May 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you’ve boarded your horses and then had the opportunity to bring your horse home to your own property, you’ve probably already experienced the sincere joy of keeping your own horse in your own backyard. Many horse owners love the availability of daily interaction with their horse, even if it does mean more work mucking stalls and fencing pastures.

Horse owner and horses

The romance of sitting on the back porch after a hard day’s work...

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May 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

With most of us cooped up inside our homes thanks to the global health crisis, the need for fresh air has never been more important. According to research on the Royal Society, this increased isolation can lead to some negative mental health effects—from cognitive decline, to a weakened immune system.

While the restrictions make it complicated to simply visit the park as we please, it doesn't mean you should just lie on the couch the entire day. Fortunately, you can still take care of...

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May 6, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Eco-friendly compost created by your chickens from deep litter bedding in your coop is a marvelous method for recycling a high quality, sustainable product back to Mother Earth.

Expert on all things chicken, Lisa Steele of FreshEggsDaily.com, researched this interesting fact on the topic of the manure quality:

According to poultry expert and author, Harvey...

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May 6, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Cleaning the kennel is an unpleasant task.  Any dog owner would welcome ways to make this daily job as quick, easy and ‘painless’ as possible. Whether it is a residential one or two dog kennel, or a commercial kennel that houses 20 plus canines, efficient and practical kennel design is the way to speed up dog waste cleanup time. Work smarter not harder!

Circling the Drain

Cleanup necessarily involves water, so an...

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April 16, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Grooming your horse is important to keep it healthy and it offers a super opportunity to bond with your equine partner. When it comes time for horse grooming and equine spa care, the design of your barn can be a hindrance or a help. As these routines are a regular part of horsekeeping, incorporating a designated space to conduct them can be a boon to your boarding/training business or backyard horse ownership lifestyle.

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April 14, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


As many horse owners know, utilizing an equine hay feeder can significantly reduce the waste and thus cost, of the horse hay budget. The use of a hay feeder can also be beneficial to a horse’s health, as it reduces the pace at which they feed. This encourages better mastication of the hay before ingestion, and provides chewing satisfaction, that translates to less stress on the horse both mentally and physically.

Horse Feeding

The...

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April 14, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Summer is around the corner which means hot temperatures for our southern and midwestern states. These regions tend to the most farms and livestock, thus require extra precautions during the heat of summer. If you are an equine owner, or have other livestock, it’s imperative to ensure that the animals are properly cared for. Let’s look at some important reasons to provide shade for your livestock.

Run In Shed

Should You Provide Shade for Your...

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March 31, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Owning a horse is pure happiness, and if you are one proud owner, you will know that having a four-legged friend can be tiresome and expensive. A lot of effort goes into maintaining a horse and its barn, even though it is worth it. Although horses spend most of their time outdoors, they need to have a cozy and spacious barn to keep themselves warm and comfortable.  Thus, your barn needs to be well-maintained and upgraded to its best version. But how will you know that it needs an upgrade? Here are five signs that your barn needs a makeover

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March 31, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Horizon Structures Run In Shed Sweepstakes

It’s not everyday you win something quite as special as a run-in shed. The Horizon Structures Run-In Shed Sweepstakes Contest ended in December 2019, and Kathy DeNicola was the lucky winner drawn at random from a Christmas stocking full of apples by Olympic Eventer Boyd Martin. While the run-in shed was ready for immediate delivery, DeNicola decided to wait until Spring to take delivery at...

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March 31, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Corona Virus Update

Horizon Structures has received approval to continue delivering animal shelters during the COvid-19 crisis.
However, in accordance with the PA Governor’s mandate and for the safety of our customers and employees our offices will remain closed to the public until further notice.  However, we are here answering the phones and can continue taking orders and scheduling deliveries to meet the needs of our customers and the animals that depend on us.
We are...

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March 25, 2020 posted by Content Admin

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, you should be commended for making one of the most critical decisions in your life. Partly because your home will never be dull again, and partly due to your profound expression of humanity in offering care and shelter to an animal that might otherwise wind up homeless.

But as you conduct your search for the best breeders or shelter homes to acquire a dog from, you can’t help but wonder how you’ll integrate the dog into your home. Indeed, assisting your newly-acquired canine friend to adjust to a new home, which now happens to be your home, isn’...

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March 11, 2020 posted by Content Admin

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