Equine America: Barn Must-Haves

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horse-barnsA barn is to horses as a house is to humans. It shelters them and provides protection from various elements. Plus, it also houses quite a number of items and stocks as well. It’s safe to say that a barn isn’t going to be some random structure in the middle of an empty piece of land. It has to be well thought of and fully equipped. That said Equine America schools us on the following must-haves.

  1. Space

A barn that’s cramped and inadequately built will make it hard for everyone to move about and be comfortable. In the case of horses, the rule of thumb requires a standard size box stall that measures 12 feet by 12 feet at the very least. This can even be bigger for stallions and broodmares. Of course, it is important to put the animals into consideration when thinking of dimensions.

  1. Ventilation

You wouldn’t want to suffocate those animals, now would you? Barns need to breathe too and to do so will require a high-pitched roof, vented eaves (or cupolas or ridges), or any other feature that easily opens out (like the ceiling or door) to let air in and out freely. Even the use of fans can become necessary for areas with typically hot or humid climates.

  1. Lighting

Horses, their owners and caretakers need to find their way within the barn so lighting is an element you should never forget. The smart use of windows and wide doors as well as operated lights will also help avoid any accidents.

  1. Drainage

Barns need to be clean at all times so it’s not unlikely to find the need to hose down the floors every now and then. But consistently wet or even damp floors are not good for a horse’s hooves. Not only does it weaken them but they become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. This is why the installation of working and an effective drainage system is mandatory.

  1. Storage

Barns also serve as a storage area for a lot of things. Think about feeds, equipment, hay, blankets, emergency first aid kits and all that stuff. Equine America reminds everyone to consider and plan out an effective storage system to ensure that everything is kept in place. At the same time, see to it that everything is properly secured. Horses are smart animals and they can find their way into the feed storage area. If they can easily be opened or are not secured, expect an indulging equine as the prime suspect.


Fun Facts and Horse Trivia from Equine America

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equine-americaHorses are one of the popularly domesticated animals today. Their relationship with humans date far and beyond and up to today, they’ve proven to be quite a favorite particularly in the field of leisure and sports. Today with Equine America, we made a list of fun facts and trivia about horses that might sound news to you! Check them out and let’s have some fun!

  • An adult horse’s brain weights about 22 oz. That’s the same mass as a regulated NBA basketball and half that of the human brain. It’s also pretty smaller in size, just as huge as that of a baked potato.
  • Chariot racing was part of the earliest Olympic game lineup and considered the most important and popular of the equestrian games. It was first added in 680 BC and came in two and four-horse races.
  • Horse hooves are like the fingernail to equines. It will take approximately 9 to 12 months to completely grow an entire one back.
  • Horses can sleep both standing up and lying down. They can lock their leg muscles so they won’t topple over should they snooze on all fours. Cool huh?
  • Leonardo da Vinci, famous Italian polymath known for his paintings like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper was known to fondly make sketches of the animal.
  • Their ears are also great indicators of their attention. If you want to know where they are looking without having to check their eyes, see where their ears pint to. It also helps that they have16 muscles in each ear and can rotate them 180 degrees.
  • Their sense of sight is pretty peculiar. They can see better at night compared to humans but will take more time adjusting from light to dark and vice versa. Each of their eyes can see different images at the same time and almost completely around its entire body except directly behind, underneath its head and in front of its face.
  • They cannot vomit. This is because of their cut-off valve muscle and the angle in by which their esophagus meets the stomach thus creating a tight shut.
  • They like anything sweet and are particularly not a fan of sour and bitter tasting food. This is also the reason why they have a penchant for sweeter treats like apples and strawberries.

So which among these fun facts from Equine America surprised you the most?

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