Classic Equine Equipment's Blog – February 2015 Archive (13)

Horse Blanket Repair Tips

Through the course of the winter season, horse blankets take a beating. Your horse’s blankets may be showing rips, tears, and even missing hardware. If you’re hoping to get them through just a few more months, then repairing them by hand is probably the way to go. These tips will help you get your blankets to last the…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How To Take Great Engagement and Wedding Photos At the Barn

You’ve seen them: the stunning photos of a bride with her horse, or of an engaged pair mounted on horseback. The photos themselves are breathtaking, and you can only imagine the memories that went into their creation. When horses are a major part of your life, it’s natural to want to incorporate them into your wedding or engagement photos. Here are some tips to help…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 26, 2015 at 11:03am — No Comments

Tips to Make Your Metal Tack Shine

From bits and stirrups to the silver on your Western saddle, knowing how to get a good shine out of your metal tack can make a big difference when you step into the show ring. These tips and tricks will help you to get your metal tack to shine like new.

Clean Regularly

Regularly cleaning your metal tack is key to keeping the job…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Is Your Barn Too Close to Your House?

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 23, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

How to Stop Your Horse from Chewing Wood

You provide your horse with plenty of fresh hay and regular grain feedings, but still he feels the desire to gnaw on his stall or pasture fencing like a beaver. Wondering why wood chewing occurs and what you can do to stop it? We’ve got the answers for you.

Why Horses Chew Wood

Many foals chew wood when they are first discovering and using…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 19, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tips for Building a Barn Apartment

Apartments in or above barns can be convenient and appealing to both boarders and barn owners. A barn apartment offers many advantages, but building it requires special planning. Be sure to do the following when designing your barn apartment.

Investigate Local Housing Codes

Before you dig into planning out the barn apartment, find out…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 16, 2015 at 11:14am — No Comments

Is Your Barn Energy Efficient?

Given the rising cost of electricity, you certainly don’t want your electric bill to be any higher than it has to be. Your barn may be a source of wasted energy, though, resulting in higher bills. Check out these common ways that your barn may be inefficient with its electricity usage.

Running Old Refrigerators

Old refrigerators…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 13, 2015 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Managing Weeds in Horse Paddocks

There’s nothing better than a well-maintained horse pasture. But sometimes, despite your attentive maintenance, weeds can take hold and threaten to take over a paddock. If you’re battling weeds in your horse pasture, these tips can help you to get them back under control.

Identify

Before you set about removing or destroying…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 12, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Creative Uses for Old Baling Twine

If there’s one thing that every barn has plenty of, it’s baling twine. So what do you do with all of this leftover twine, aside from throwing it in the trash? Here are some creative ways to use old baling twine.

Braid a Grooming Wisp

Group a handful of baling twine together into a grooming…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Should You Build a Barn Apartment?

Many barns, especially large facilities, feature apartments that are either above the barn or located on the property. When planning your barn building project, whether or not to include an apartment is a choice that you will face. You will want to consider the following points when deciding whether to build an apartment with your …

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 9, 2015 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Fun Ways to Beat the Winter Riding Blues

As the cold weather drags on, it tends to feel like the end of winter is nowhere in sight. Luckily, we’ve come up with some fun activities for you to help beat the winter riding (or non-riding) blues.

Host a Barn Movie Night

Bring together students, boarders, trainers, and everyone else in your barn for a barn movie night. Choose a…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

How to Clean Water Buckets and Horse Troughs During Winter

Providing your horse with access to fresh, clean water is important year-round, but keeping buckets and troughs clean in the winter can be a challenge. Rather than battling the algae that often grows in troughs and buckets during the summer, the winter brings cold temperatures that can make cleaning buckets and troughs difficult. These tips can help to make the process easier…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 4, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

What Is It Like Living Above a Horse Barn?

Have you ever wanted to live with your horses? Or maybe you’re considering building an apartment above your barn for a caretaker, or to rent out. Living above a horse barn may seem simply idyllic to a lifelong horse enthusiast, but it’s not always all that it’s cracked up to be. Wondering what it’s really like to live above a horse barn? We’ve got the scoop for…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 2, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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