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Take a Tour of
The Yearling Year - Update on Sherlock
A TOUR OF MY BARN
The August and September
2001 issues of Western Horseman contain a tour of my barn starting with an overview
from the outside then taking you inside to view details such as hooks, latches,
and bridle hangers. You'll read about orientation, dimensions, materials, stalls,
feed room, wash rack, tack room and much more. Part One (The Big Picture) contains
29 photos and Part Two (The Details) is similarly illustrated. Although a picture
speaks a thousand words, I can't provide photos for you in this newsletter. But
I AM going to take you on a guided tour by printing the text from Part One here
in this newsletter and on my Horse Information Roundup. (BTW, If you have a copy
of my book Stablekeeping, many of the photos in that book are taken of and in
My Barn, Part One: Getting the
Big Picture Right
Building a horse barn is a big
deal. It requires considerable space and lots of labor and money. The more time
you invest in planning your horse barn, the less redesigning and remodeling
youll have to do. If you take the time to plan, you can design a barn to
fit your horses needs and your locale and lifestyle.
poorly designed barn can make you gnash and gnarl on a daily basis (believe me,
Ive been there) and can result in illness and injury to your horse; a well-designed
barn can make you actually look forward to chores and will keep your horse healthy
Before we settled on our current acreage 14 years
ago, my husband, Richard Klimesh, and I had owned and leased horse acreages in
7 states and Canada. During that time, we used as-is, remodeled, and built from
scratch horse barns, run-in sheds, hay buildings, equipment sheds, turn-out pens,
round pens, and arenas. Weve found that certain things just dont work
well for horses while other designs make horsekeeping sweet.
we designed my current barn, we wanted to use the good ideas we had gathered over
the years and Richard took the time to carefully craft a barn to suit my particular
needs. I usually have between 6-8 horses (foals to seniors) in various stages
of training and management. Because we take a lot of photos and videos, I need
a full service beauty salon, a generous tack room, and plenty of places
to tie groomed and tacked horses. We do have winter weather and hot summer sun
here in Colorado so the barn must provide shelter from both. Since Richard and
I do all of our own chores, we need an efficient set up for the daily chimp work.
I take you on a personal tour of my barn, Id like to tell you what we did
and why. This article covers the big issues of Location, Orientation, Size and
Style, Stalls, Turnout Pens, Flooring, Aisles, Lights, Water, Wash Rack, Tack
Room, Feed Room, Hay Storage, Manure Storage, Tool Room, Tie Areas, and the Porch.
Next month, Ill focus on the details and finishing touches that can make
your barn super functional and classy.
This article appears
Yearling Year - Sherlock Update
Some of you have
reminded me that I haven't given you an update on Sherlock lately. The main news
is that he is growing and has been gelded. Next month, I'll talk about his gelding
- perfect timing for those of you with yearlings that need to be castrated.
month, I've posted a yearling head shot of Sherlock at http://www.horsekeeping.com/horse_care/Cherry_Hill_foal-7.htm
we've had good enough pasture growth this year, I've been able to let Sherlock
be out full time since May. Every few weeks, I bring him in to one of the pens
near the barn for a day or two and have a review of in-hand work, tying, and health
care procedures. Sometimes it will be an immunization, a deworming, or a hoof
care appointment. I also want him to regularly remember what it is to live in
the confinement of a pen because we don't always have the luxury of full time
pasture like we do this year.
During these short times he
is in, I start by haltering him and holding the lead about 6 feet from his halter,
setting him relatively square and asking him to stand. This develops patience
so he doesn't expect that every time he is haltered, we immediately move off.
After a few minutes, I start handling him all over, checking for any fly bites,
nicks or what-have-you. I wear those gloves with the rubber bumps on the palm
and fingers for this so its a sort of grooming and pleasure session for him too.
The touching includes his head, forehead, poll, ears, mouth, area between the
lower jaw bones, all the way down his legs, his girth area and belly up to and
including his sheath, his tail, the area around his anus. All the time I expect
him to stand still and if he doesn't, I reposition him and start over.
I review positioning exercises: head down, move hindquarters away from both sides,
move forehand away from both sides, walk around me on a 10 foot line, back, halt,
and again, stand still.
If necessary, I spray Sherlock with
fly spray and then let him stand tied at the hitch rail for an hour or so. After
that, I take him for a walk near new and different things. If he is scheduled
for health or farrier care, I do these things AFTER his in-hand and tying review.
In this way, I give him every opportunity to behave well for me, the farrier or
Sometimes he only needs to be in for the afternoon.
Other times, usually when a storm is brewing, he needs a longer, more structured
review and stays in a pen for a few days. Even though I know that whipping winds
and pressure changes associated with an approaching front DO have an affect on
animals (as well as humans) I try NOT to avoid doing things as usual during those
times because it will make a safer horse later when out riding in a storm.
it for this month. Remember to take the time to enjoy your horse. After all, that's
the reason most of us got into horses in the first place!
your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.
" My dear, I don't care what they do, so long as they don't do it in the
street and frighten the horses." - Mrs. Patrick Campbell 1865-1940
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