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Information on horse stable engineering, flooring, ventilation and air flow, horse stall design and fence planning. Tips on fire safety, manure management, biosecurity, transporting equines and ammonia monitoring in barns.

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Riding Arena Footing Material Selection and Management
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Riding Arena Footing Material Selection and Management

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

A "perfect" riding surface should be cushioned, provide traction, not too slick or dusty, not overly abrasive to horse hooves, inexpensive and easy to maintain. More
Examples of pull tube with pump for gas concentration detection.
Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments - Articles Articles

Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article describes simple relatively-inexpensive instruments for detecting ammonia gas concentration in animal housing to assure proper air quality. More
Psychrometric Chart Use
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Psychrometric Chart Use

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

A psychrometric chart presents properties of air in a graphical format useful for troubleshooting greenhouse or livestock building environmental problems. More
Although an instrument that provides velocity reading, shown here, is highly useful, a simple small streamer can also help troubleshoot.
Make Your Own Ceiling Inlet Air Speed Monitors - Articles Articles

Make Your Own Ceiling Inlet Air Speed Monitors

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Ventilation inlet air speed monitors described here are a cheap and easy way to assess proper ventilation in livestock buildings. More
Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns
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Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Effective natural ventilation of a greenhouse barn uses properly positioned openings with unobstructed air flow inside the building. More
Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans
Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans - Articles Articles

Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article explains how to select an agricultural ventilation fan for the conditions under which it will be operating in a livestock or greenhouse setting. More
Organic poultry house with sidewall eave and ceiling inlets.
Inlets for Mechanical Ventilation Systems in Animal Housing - Articles Articles
Properly designed and functioning ventilation inlet openings are key for achieving comfortable, fresh air conditions in farm animal housing. More
Fence Planning for Horses
Fence Planning for Horses - Articles Articles

Fence Planning for Horses

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Horse fence can be one of the most attractive features of a horse facility. But not all fence is suitable for horses. More
Bright airy stables feature open interiors with fresh air openings for each stall.
Horse Stable Ventilation - Articles Articles

Horse Stable Ventilation

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Inadequate ventilation is the most common mistake made in modern horse facilities. The objective of ventilation is to get fresh air to the horse. More
Transporting Equine Logically
Transporting Equine Logically - Articles Articles
After a long harsh winter many horse owners are hauling their horses to training facilities, horse shows, trail riding events and other locations. More
Fire Safety: 30 Seconds is All Your Horse Has
Fire Safety: 30 Seconds is All Your Horse Has - Articles Articles
Fire prevention, actions to take-- Do you know what to do in a disaster situation such as fire? More
Horse Owners - Are you Ready for Spring?
Horse Owners - Are you Ready for Spring? - Articles Articles
After the long winter months equine facilities need a "Spring Check-Up" to inspect barn maintenance, tack, facilities pasture maintenance and fencing. More
Boarding Horses
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Boarding Horses

Donna Foulk, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Many people enjoy activities involving horses; however, they don't have the facilities to house their animals. More
Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting
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Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., John Tyson

We'll discuss some of the more common problems you can avoid without too much trouble. More