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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

April 2004

Horse Training, Horse Care, and Riding Books and Videos from Cherry Hill at

Your Horse Barn
DVD
Your Horse Barn DVD
Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac
Horsekeeping On A Small Acreage
Horse Housing
Horse Health Care by Cherry Hill
Stablekeeping

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Horse Facilities

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riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Purchasing a Horse Farm
riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Cross Tie Aisle Width

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riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Cement Floor With Rubber Mats
riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Well-Drained Dirt Base
riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Wash Rack

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riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Water Trough Heater Safety
riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Manure as Arena Footing
riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Clegg Impact Tester
riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance, Roping Box Dimension

This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you, a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.


Purchasing a Horse Farm

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Dear Cherry,

My husband and I are looking to purchase a small horse farm, mostly for our own use. We have no experience in owning or operating a barn. I have intermediate experience riding English, my five year old daughter has also been riding for over a year, and truly has a passion for horses and the farm. We were hoping you could recommend ten of the most important things to look for, a checklist of sorts, as we begin researching and planning to purchase something. As we currently live in New Jersey, we are actually planning a big move and have begun searching in Middle Tennessee for properties. Do you have any advice you could give us?

With much excitement we await your response, Wendy

Dear Wendy,

Best of luck in choosing a horse farm. I've written a book that answers your question specifically. It is called Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage. It will give you more details to flesh out the list you requested. Ten important things to consider when buying a horse acreage:

Horsekeeping On A Small Acreage1. Location
2. Zoning
3. Size of acreage
4. Homeowner's Association Covenants
5. Water
6. Neighbors
7. Existing facilities
8. Soil
9. Native insects, local diseases etc.
10. Price

Cherry Hill


Cross Tie Aisle Width

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Cherry,

Can you give your thoughts on Cross tie vs. hitching post type tying. My barn alley is cement and is 16 ft wide. I am wondering if this can actually be too wide for cross tying safely?

Thank you! Becky

Hi Becky,

I think many horses could get in trouble in a 16 foot aisle. It just invites turning around. And the cross tie ropes would be very long and would have to be mounted very high on the side walls. Not the best.

Your Horse Barn DVDYou could try to modify the aisle width in one area for cross tying. For example, you could extend the walls of the rooms on both sides of the aisle two to three feet into the aisle to reduce the aisle width to 10 or 11 feet. Or, you could build tack closets on one or both sides of the aise to reduce the width. Just make sure there are no dangerous projection such as door latches or hooks that a horse or person could get snagged on.

Lay some mats on the concrete in the area where you will cross tie - it will make it safer and more comfortable for both you and your horse.

You should always have safe, sturdy hitch post or rail tie areas too, but I'm not a big fan of placing these up next to a barn wall which requires a horse to face a wall and doesn't give you as much room to move around the front of the horse. I prefer open, airy hitch areas which allow you to handle the horse from any angle - a full 360 degrees. The following books all show various cross tie and hitch rail ideas:

Horse Handling and Grooming
Horse Health Care
Stablekeeping
Horse Housing

Cherry Hill


That's it for this month.
Don't forget, when you ride, keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.
Cherry Hill


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