DALLAS, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Five Star Ranch (http://www.fivestarranch.com) offers practical tips and lessons learned about building a horse barn or arena, travelling with horses, and general horse care.
"I've built a number of barns and travel a lot with my horses and learned a lot the hard way," explains Chris Churchill, owner of Five Star Ranch. "Friends were always coming to us for advice on horse related topics so we started writing down the advice on the site. Since we do several cross country trips with our horse a year we had lots of great tips on travelling with horses. Also, since we've moved with horses and had to build several barns, we included advice on how to select a good location for a barn and what features are helpful in a horse barn. Many newbie horse owners are overwhelmed when building a barn so hopefully these articles will help them make better decisions."
According to a study done for the American Horse Council Foundation (http://www.horsecouncil.org/national-economic-impact-us-horse-industry) there are over 9.2 million horses in the United States and over 2 million horse owners. The biggest share of these horses is used for recreation. The FiveStarRanch.com web site offers advice to recreationally minded horse owners, many of whom keep their horses on their own property.
Churchill continues, "I've seen people build barns in bad locations on their property – places where the drainage was poor for example. Their stalls would be flooded and the mud surrounding their barns made working around the barn tough and contributed to chronic hoof problems. One of the articles I developed listed my own site selection criteria (http://fivestarranch.com/articles/site-selection.html) I used when I built several barns myself. Drainage is a huge factor. In one case I went out on the property during a severe rain storm to actually see where the drainage occurred on the site to make sure rain channeled away from the proposed barn site. Once we know the natural drainage routes you know whether you need to build swells to steer water from the chosen site or move the site to higher ground."
"Travelling with horses is another subject where new horse owners need help," explains Churchill. "The site offers practical tips on tricks we've learned by doing while travelling with our horses. For example, we just hauled four horses from Texas to Colorado in the summer heat. Driving in the early morning and getting the horses to drink water at rest stops is critical. I can get my horses to drink a bucket each by tossing a handful or two of sweet feed in the bottom of the water bucket. The feed masks the taste of the water and since most horses are food oriented, they will drink the whole bucket to get down to a little food."
In addition to time tested advice on horse barn building, the Five Star Ranch web site offers information on horse fence options, trail riding, and horse travel including a safety checklist for your horse trailer (http://www.fivestarranch.com/articles/horse-trailer-checklist.html).
About Five Star Ranch
Five Star Ranch (http://www.fivestarranch.com) is a horse information site owned and operated by long time horse owners Chris and Mike Churchill. The site offers free advice to horse owners on subjects related to horses including horse trail riding, barn building, arena considerations, and travelling with your horse. In addition to their main site they are on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FiveStarRanchOnline.
Media Contact: Christine Churchill, KeyRelevance, 972-429-1222, email@example.com
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