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  • Summer Fly Control for Your Horse Barn

    Flies are enemies that inevitably come with being a horse owner. Unfortunately, you will never be able to eliminate every single fly, but you can educate yourself on ways to keep them under control and manage the harm they can cause. Flies can cause your horse more than discomfort. Flies spread such diseases as salmonella, equine infectious anemia, vesicular stomatitis, pigeon fever, as well as influenza. They can cause allergies, dermatitis and eye ailments (such as conjunctivitis). Constant[...]

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    Fire Safety & Wildlife Evacuation with Horses

    As horse owners, we know that the risk of fire, especially in California, is both high and terrifying. Preparing horses for a wildfire or barn fire evacuation requires an additional level of planning, preparedness and practice. Building an evacuation plan and practicing that plan increases the potential that your horses will be able to leave safely if and when the time arrives. If you have a barn filled with horses, it is essential that you understand how fires start and how to deal with[...]

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    Concrete Horse Barn Floors - Do Horses Need Shoes to Walk on Pavement?

    The question of whether or not a horse owner should shoe his or her horse comes up now and then and the discussion may get heated! Those who advocate on the barefoot side believe that many, if not most, horses will do just fine going without being shoed.  On the shod side, advocates may say that most horses can be improved by shoeing or that all horses should be trimmed regardless of their environment or occupation. The reality, however, is somewhere in between. Horses are as [...]

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    Designing and Planning Your Horse Barn

    The comfort and safety of your horses must be your foremost concern when designing a new barn. If a horse barn is designed and built properly, it should be a light, airy, easy to clean and a pleasant home for your animals, along with being a place you will enjoy visiting and working. The barn design process begins by determining the right size stalls to meet your needs and the proper width of the aisleway. The balance of the barn features can be accommodated around these basic parameters. [...]

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    Designing a Functional Horse Wash Stall

    Any horse owner knows that horses are not the cleanest animals. They sweat and get muddy, which leads to them needing a bath. There is no better way to wash your horse and keep them clean, than with a functional wash stall. A well-designed area for bathing horses and treating injuries can do wonders for a busy farm’s work flow. Your horse-washing area sees lots of use year-round. It is best to decide if you want something as simple as a bucket, sponge and tree to tie the horse to, or if you[...]

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    Barn Heating and Ventilation

    Horses are most comfortable in well-ventilated barns with proper air temperature and humidity, and few air contaminants and drafts. Stabled horses are exposed to a higher level of dust in their environment than horses living outdoors. Even if a barn is properly ventilated, there is more dust trapped in an enclosure than in an open environment.  Due to this, proper barn ventilation is extremely crucial to your horse’s respiratory health. To improve ventilation in your barn, air movement[...]

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    Properly Cleaning a Horse Stall

    Owning horses can be time-consuming.  Although most horses can survive harsh elements, many people like to keep their horses in their horse stall during extreme weather, whether too hot or too cold.  Depending on where you live, your horse may need to be stalled during summer months when it gets too warm or too buggy, and in the harsh winter nothing is nicer for your horse than a cozy barn.   Regardless of your weather, if your horse lives in the barn for any part of the day, [...]

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    Holiday Barn Decorating

    December 16, 2020
    Holiday Barn Decorating

      It’s that time of year again – THE HOLIDAYS!!!  Time for good friends, family and, of course, decorating your horse barn!! Before you start throwing that tinsel around, check out our safety tips so your festivities don’t turn into nightmares!  Injury to your horses due to electrical shock, poisoning or fire can be avoided with some easy safety tips. Deck the Halls… and the Barns!! Decorating with fresh flowers, plants and holiday items is a great way to ring in the [...]

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    Castlebrook Barns Featured At The Sacramento Zoo

    Transcription Okapi’s Have Arrived At The Sacramento Zoo Tish: We've moved inside the okapi barn. And look, this is the brand new feature here at the Sacramento Zoo. This is an okapi. And there he is. He is six years old. His name is... Jason: His name is Mo. Tish: Mo, and you can come out and meet him today for half price. The zoo is holding a special half-price day, just one of four that they're going to be having throughout the year. And I have with me, CEO Jason Jacobs. Jason, [...]

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    Castlebrook Barns is excited to be attending the Western States Horse Expo from May 9th-12th at its new location - Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA.  The Murieta Equestrian Center is the largest equestrian facility in the State of California, making it the perfect venue for the ever-expanding WSHExpo. Castlebrook Barns has been a partner with the Western States Horse Expo for over 18 years, and is looking forward to the opportunity to work with them yet again at the new [...]

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