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Stiles and Kissing Gates

On my recent trip to the UK I came across some useful ideas for gates and easy fence crossings. They have large fields for their cows or sheep and it is not easy to have an assembly of gates at regular intervals. They have created an easy way to get across their fences. Another really cool thing that I discovered is in some of the tourist areas they also have some livestock like horses and like the forgetful people that we are we either don’t know or forget to close gates after us. They had to come up with a way to keep the gates closed and still let the people use it. These were some of the great ideas that I found when I was over there.

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Horse Hot Walkers

Hot walkers have been around for years. It is in its basic form a means for a horse to be exercised or cooled out. A person that walks a horse, like a race horse or an event er, can be considered a groom with the job of walking a horse. This however is not what most of us think of when we think of a hot walker. We think of a four to eight armed machine that people tie horses to and it walks the horse around in a circle. There are many types of mechanical hot walkers, each with their unique advantages and disadvantages.

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Ponds

Horse properties have many beautiful parts. Ponds and small lakes are one of them. They can add value to the property. Ponds have several benefits for horses. Some of them like to go swimming when it is very hot outside. Swimming is a good exercise that builds trust between them and their owner and is low impact on their joints. There are some things to consider with ponds however.

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Mare and Foal Housing Needs

Mares and foals require a little extra care. Having a foal is probably one of the best things about owning horses. They are so much fun. Before the foals are born and after they are weaned there is not a big difference in the housing of them, but that great time when the foal is being born and the several weeks after that, there are some things to consider when housing them.

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Housing a Stallion

Keeping a horse is a lot of work and they all have many different needs. Stallions have unique needs. When housing a stallion, people need to take into consideration what they need. They are more likely to be agitated and high strung due to their raging hormones. They need plenty of exercise, whether that comes from free turn outs or people working with them so they can stay fit.

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Wash Racks

A great horse barn is made up of many parts. The wash rack is just one part, but it plays a big role. It is the place that you rinse off or bathe your horse. There are many different types of wash racks. A rudimentary wash is just a concrete slap with a hose nearby.

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Horse Hitching Posts

One thing that most people would say they can’t live without is a hitching post. The humble hitching post is an essential part of a horse property. Many people don’t really think about it as they tie their horse there every day to groom, tack up, and so many other times. It would be almost impossible to function without a place to tie your horse. So what goes into a hitching post?

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Horse Fencing

It’s what keeps your horse safe. The fencing that holds your horses must be secure, and good fencing can add value to your property. Horse fencing should be around four and half to five feet tall. Fencing helps keep horses safe and secure. They also add value to your property.

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