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May 24, 2018
Keep your horses cool with these important summer horse care tips.

Summer Horse Care Tips

Summer heat can take a toll on your horse. The heat, humidity, and bugs are hard to escape during the summer months. Dehydration is a common ailment as well as lethargy in horses. Undue stress from summer heat can cause colic and diarrhea. The good news is that there are some things you can do to protect your horses. Tips to Make Summer Bearable Incorporating a few or all of these helpful tips into your horses’ summer routine can help them stay healthy all season long. Shade – Providing your outdoor horses with shade, especially during the summer, gives them refuge whenever needed. A shed structure is a great option, but shady trees can also do the trick. Planting and maintaining tall shade trees throughout your property will allow them opportunities to cool off. Water – Offering plenty of cool water every day is necessary for the health of every […]
April 17, 2018
Knowing the basics of horse care is essential if you are considering taking the plunge into horse ownership.

Horse Care 101

If you are new to horse ownership, there are a few basics to master regarding horse care. Many will tell you about all the joys, adventures and fun of owning a horse, but in reality, they require some work. Before taking the plunge and purchasing that horse you’ve had your eye on, review the basics of horse care and make sure they can fit into your lifestyle, schedule, and budget. Horse Care Basics Food & Water: Horses have relatively small stomachs and delicate digestive systems. This, however, doesn’t mean they don’t eat or drink a lot. An average-sized horse will consume about 20lbs of food and drink at least 8 gallons of water per day. Generally, horses thrive on grain feedings twice a day and access to hay or pastures throughout the day. Their digestive systems require small nibbles or grazing instead of heavier meals like many animals. Shelter: Consistent […]
March 28, 2018
Now is the time to start thinking about looking for that dream horse property with My Kansas City Horse Property.

Spring Shopping for a Dream Horse Property

Spring is traditionally the peak time of year for home shopping and buying. It is when home inventory is at its highest making the market more attractive to buyers. It is also a very competitive time for the housing marking. Meaning that with more inventory and more buyers, houses tend to sell more quickly. Those that enter the market looking for their dream horse property and home can do a few things to help them be prepared and to be able to strike when the iron’s hot, or when they find what they want. Create a Horse Property Wish List You may have a vision in your head as to what your dream horse property looks like, but now is a great time to put that picture on paper. Sitting down with a pen and paper and brainstorming all the things your dream home will have is a great way […]
February 22, 2018
We've got some great tips to help keep the bugs and flies away from your barn and animals this spring and summer.

Barn Bugs – How to get rid of them

Flies and bugs are soon to be buzzing around your barn and horses once the temperature begins to rise. Spring is right around the corner and summer is on its heels, the perfect time for bugs to breed and inundates your property. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help reduce the number of bugs in your barn. How to Ward off Barn Bugs Bugs and flies are the never stopping enemy of any barn owner. They thrive in the barn environment, but there are ways to discourage them. Reduce Moisture – Many insects breed in water or moist areas, and they require water for drinking. Standing water is a luxury hotel to a mamma and papa mosquito. Eliminating low-pasture areas where standing water collects, keeping stalls dry, repairing hose leaks, covering ran barrels and replacing water in troughs daily can help immensely. Survey […]
January 30, 2018
Bring your love of the barn into your home with these great barn decor ideas.

Barn Accents for the Home

Let’s face it; the barn is our happy place. There may be days that you are tired and dread your barn duties, but once you get to the barn, your worries and stress instantly melt away. Wouldn’t it be nice to incorporate a little bit of your love for the barn into your home? There are many things you can do to add a little rustic barn charm in each room of your home. Let’s get decorating. Bring the Barn Inside Throughout your home, small touches here and there can add a barn feel. One of the simplest additions is adding wood accents. Reclaimed barn wood can be added as a feature wall, on a kitchen island or wherever it will look good. If you don’t have access to barn wood, there are many look-alike products on the market that will provide a similar feel. Cowboy boots and horseshoes are […]
November 16, 2017
This time of year, we are thankful for our horses.

Thankful for Horses

With Thanksgiving right around the corner now is a great time to reflect on the things in our lives that we are thankful for. Of course, family and friends often top the list, but when you actually sit down with pen and paper to list the good things in your life, we are willing to bet that your horse is up there too. It seems to be that horses are a way of life. They get into our hearts and become a part of the family. And for this reason and many more, we are thankful for our horses. Horses and Health There are so many ways that horses bring happiness to our lives. It is well known that interacting with animals can reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Horses, of course, do that for us. Also, the physical activity of caring for a horse is good for your health. […]