MD Barnmaster Blog

Barn fires — every horse owners’ worst nightmare.

Barn fires — every horse owners’ worst nightmare.  The recent months have seen an unusual increase in the number of tragic stable fires.  A March 10th barn fire near Chicago, IL, killed six horses at a small race horse farm.  A February 21st barn fire at a Michigan Thoroughbred farm killed 27 horses and sent an injured employee to the hospital. A barn fire in New Jersey in January killed 22 show horses. These are just three of the past year’s most recent horrific fire incidents. Barn fires like these are a serious cause of death and injury to horses and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage and losses.

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Pat & Linda Parelli

MDBarnmasterMDBarnmaster Makes Quick Work of Winterizing Parelli's Colorado Campus with a Performance Barn for Pat Parelli

When Parelli Natural Horsemanship closed their Florida campus, deciding to consolidate operations in Colorado year round, Pat and Linda Parelli were faced with an intriguing challenge. How do you provide comfortable accommodations for high end performance horses on the brink of an aggressive World Tour in one of the snowiest climates in the United States... in less than 8 weeks?

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Do Your Barn Plans Include Enough Space for Safety?

Barn and Aisle-way Safety

By Christine Barakat

A stable aisle is a driveway, foyer and living room all in one. Because a stable aisle has busy traffic and multiple uses, a badly designed or poorly maintained aisle can be annoying and even dangerous. Whether you’re designing new barn plans or improving an existing setup, consider the following aspects of aisle-way safety as you plan:

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The Evolution of Barns

The Evolution of Barns

From the days when Thomas Jefferson envisioned the new republic as a nation dependent on citizen farmers for its stability and its freedom, the family farm has been a vital image in the American consciousness.

As the main structures of farms, barns evoke a sense of tradition and security, and communicate closeness to the land and community by the people who built them.

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Lucky 13

13 tips to keep your barn safe from fire.

What kind of barn do you have?  If it is a wooden barn, you may have a pretty, big fire hazard.  Thankfully, fires don't happen often. When they do, it’s often a case of poor fire prevention rather than bad luck. By following our Lucky 13 list below, you can increase the odds that you'll keep your horses safe from fire.  Of course, if you're thinking of building a new barn, one of the smartest things you can do to prevent a fire is to build an MDBarnmaster barn.

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