far as I am concerned, it just doesn't get any better than this.
wonderful fall horse weather ! And its not just here in Colorado. We just returned
from a visit to my 91 years young Mom in Columbus, Texas and the weather there
was pleasant and in the 70s too!
As I just came in to put this newsletter
together, Dickens and Sherlock were moseying in the lower 40, Seeker was laying
sternal recumbent in the middle of her fall pasture and Aria was basking in the
late afternoon rays of the sun. Ahhhhhhhhh.
That's why this newsletter
will be short and sweet. It is my favorite time to be outside !
Our school here in the Midwest is
building a new equestrian facility and they are thinking of using cinder blocks
for walls. The staff at the school doesn't want block walls but the financial
backer of the project is pushing for them. I have one opinion from a vet but I
need to get some more. Any thoughts on pros and cons for cinder block walls in
Here is a reply from
my husband Richard Klimesh who has authored both a best-selling a book, Horse
Housing, and a new DVD, Your
Horse Barn, on designing and building horse barns.
A barn made of concrete
block will be very durable but will have a distinct industrial look. The outside
can be covered with just about any material to give it a more appealing appearance.
Other masonry materials like brick, stone and stucco are commonly used, but siding
of wood and other materials can be used as well.
buildings are popular in hot climates because they tend to stay cool for most
of the day. That's because masonry walls have a large thermal mass and it takes
heat from the sun many hours to warm the walls all the way through. Once the walls
get warm, they acts as a heat sink, slowly releasing stored heat from the sun
until well after sunset.
very cold climates however, the heat from sunlight isn't strong enough to warm
the walls all the way through they simply stay cold.
big advantage to concrete block walls is that they are very sturdy and impervious
to chewing or kicking. This means they are low maintenance and will last a long
time. But because concrete is so hard with no give whatsoever, a rambunctious
horse that kicks a wall or runs into it could suffer broken bones or other serious
injuries. A liner of wood or rubber mats can be attached to stalls made of concrete
blocks to lessen the chance of injury.
about barn design and materials in the DVD, Your