The Horse

JAN 2019

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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48 January 2019 The Horse | with more comfort run well over $1,000. Cross-tie bays. A safe area in which to tie horses outside their stall for cleaning, tacking, and vet and farrier visits is more necessity than luxury. A bay equipped with cross-ties is ideal but involves space the size of another stall. Most of us find cross-ties in the aisle to be acceptable. You can affix these to the barn aisle in several ways. Blocker tie rings provide a safe system, allowing you to adjust the tie rope to regulate the amount of hold. This safety system is simple to install for approximately $30 each side. They are also useful as single tie points instead of attaching directly to a barn support post. Washer and dryer in the tack room for cleaning blankets, pads, and towels. A real luxury for most of us, a dedicated washer and dryer is not only convenient but also saves wear and tear on our home appliances. This option only makes sense if you already have a heated tack room with water and a drain nearby. If so, the plumbing rough-in should be about $500. If these services are not nearby, the cost could be prohibitive. A dryer is not as necessary because you can hang cleaned items to dry. Human Comforts Climate-controlled tack/feed room. Add- ing heating and, perhaps, cooling in your tack and/or feed room not only improves comfort but also helps prevent leather and metal from degrading as quickly over time. Salves, shampoos, and other liquids remain usable; feed won't spoil as quickly; and you'll have a warm or cool place to hang out in the barn. There are several possible approaches to this amenity. First, the room must have some level of insulation, such as weather-stripping and thresholds. Tack rooms are often constructed to allow ventilation to help prevent mold from growing on leather items. You need to be able to close the ventilation during heating or cooling. The simplest and least expensive heating option is a basic space heater. However, this is a major cause of barn fires when unattended or placed near flammable materials. Additionally, they might be plugged into circuits that are unable to handle the additional load. Baseboard-type electric heaters installed by electricians are much safer options. The cost ranges from less than $50 for a thermostatically controlled space heater to $500 for a baseboard heater with a dedicated circuit. The next step up would be an exterior wall-mounted heating and cooling unit. These look like window air conditioners and function the same in cooling mode. In heating mode an internal heat strip creates warmth. Again, you need to iden- tify a circuit that can handle the load. If a window does not exist in the tack room, you will need to penetrate a wall. Cost for the appliance is $300 to $600 and might require professional installation. The ultimate solution for a small space like a tack or feed room is a small HVAC system often referred to as a minisplit system. These work like miniature heat pumps with an inside and outside com- ponent. They are very energy-efficient but do require professional installation. In- stalled cost ranges from $2,000 to $4,000. Touchpad combination door hardware on tack room. Somehow, and no matter how many copies we start with, we constantly misplace our tack room key. This amenity is one of the most practical and least expensive on this list. It generally does not require professional installation and FARM & BARN A truly luxurious barn might include an indoor wash rack with warm water and a heat lamp. STACEY WIGMORE/ARND.NL

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