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How To Properly Choose a Shelter or Housing Structure For Your Horse

Shelter options for your horse are in large part dependent on the horse’s overall temperament, its daily routine, and also the kind of work you usually require your animal to perform. Additionally, your local weather conditions and overall operation also dictate the kind of housing your animal will require on a day to day basis.
Some horses will need an extensive barn, while others will do well with a small barn or larger shed. Other times you may wish to combine your horse’s living quarters with your own.

In the book “Horse Housing” the authors Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh go into great detail to help horse owners find the proper kind of housing for their animals that not only reflects their various personal tastes, but furthermore also takes into account the overall needs for their horse keeping operations. The book is written with practicality in mind, and

thus the authors help the seasoned horse owner as well as the novice who may have just begun his or her path of horse ownership to understand the various aspects that are involved in housing the animals. For example, legal restrictions such as zoning limitations, covenant controlled communities, and building code issues are discussed in detail and in easy to understand terms. In the second chapter of their book, the authors discuss the intricacies of choosing a qualified builder to erect the building as well as the implications of being a general contractor for the building project. Additional emphasis is placed on the proper selection of a building site – keeping in mind adequate soil conditions, drainage, and even wind factors - and the method by which the needed utilities can be routed to the barn. It is imperative to remember that a scenic spot on your property does not always make for an advantageous building location!

In addition to the foregoing, the authors of “Horse Housing” discuss other topics that will have bearing on your decision with respect to proper housing for your horses; they discuss in detail the need for adequate access for trailers, driveways, the storage of hay and bedding, as well as the importance of utility and tack areas. If you are ready to build your own barn, the authors will help you by including sample building plans with proper dimensions to aid in the construction. Conversely, if you already have a barn in need of renovation on your property, once again the authors will be able to help you by giving you ample tips for renovation and restoration. A glossary with resource information, explanation of building terms, and also color pictures rounds out this useful book. Horse owners who are in need of a barn or other adequate living quarters for their animals will find this book a most valuable resource.

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