What To Consider During Your Extreme Farm Makeover

Springtime is great to revamp your farm and start fresh! Especially if there are aspects that were damaged over the winter. There are endless possibilities for improvements that can make your barn look like new. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at what can be improved during your extreme farm makeover this spring.

Springtime is great to revamp your farm and start fresh! Especially if there are aspects that were damaged over the winter. There are endless possibilities for improvements that can make your barn look like new. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at what can be improved during your extreme farm makeover this spring.

Scaling Your Project

Walk the farm and dream about what could be done, while also recognizing what needs to be done. Write it down on a list, so that you have a starting point and have an idea of your needs vs. wants. Needs will have to be addressed first and wants can be budgeted and completed over a number of months or years. From the list, break it down to what you can do yourself and what a professional should handle.

For example:

  • Clear the fence line of debris – Self
  • Build a new driveshed to store hay in – Professional
  • Create better drainage to relieve fields of water – Professional
  • Look for any chronically muddy ground that may need stabilization, especially around gates and posts; our soil stabilizers can help provide a supportive surface in loose or muddy areas – Self

First, consider the scale of your makeover. Do you have an old structure that needs to be completely redone, complete with some dazzling new horse stall systems? Maybe your farm looks great, but it could use some improvements here and there, such as new accessories for your tack room or a drainage system for your paddock? Once you’ve decided on the scale of your spring makeover, take a look at these ideas to upcycle and revamp your farm.

Here are some things to look for when giving your barn a spring makeover:

  • Check that your doors and windows are opening smoothly and latching securely
  • Did they have issues over the winter
  • Have they warped over the winter?
  • Is the frame of doors still intact?
  • Do they have a tie back to hold the top doors in the open position?
  • Do they have a cane bolt if you are using a double door?
  • Check the structure of your barn and make sure that all is still safe and up to code
  • Repaint any areas that could use a little TLC
  • Look for any chronically muddy ground that may need stabilization, especially around gates and posts; our soil stabilizers can help provide a supportive surface in loose or muddy areas
  • Carefully observe the condition of the posts, wire, mesh, rails, brackets, and any other materials your equine fencing uses

Equine Fencing Fixes

There are several easy ways to revamp your existing fence without buying a new one, such as…

Split Rail

  • Add electric fence to a split rail to lengthen its life
  • Install new posts in place of ones that are rotting at the base, we suggest avoiding quick fixes like driving a stake next to it
  • Replace warped or damaged rails
  • Adding electric mesh to your repaired fence can help minimize cribbing, leaning, scratching, and other behaviours that can shorten the lifespan of the fence

Wire Fencing

  • Check the tensioning and ensure that you have proper bracing in the corners
  • Splice any broken or damaged electric mesh or wire back together
  • Ensure that you have the number of ground rods your system needs to function properly
  • Check your posts and make sure that they are no more than twelve feet apart. If the posts are way too far apart (15 feet or more) consider adding new posts in between the existing ones.

Fencing Makeovers with System Equine

If your horse is always pushing on fences because the grass looks more delicious on the other side, you may need to consider some ways to prevent wear and tear on your fence.

Flexible rail fencing holds up to your horse’s leaning and rubbing. It’s one continuous piece, so when a horse leans on it, the continuous rail slides through the brackets, spreading the force out over all the posts instead of two.

If your equine fencing is falling apart, or you’d like to try flexible fencing for your farm makeover, we have industry leading fence experts that can help you find exactly what you need! We’ll help you every step of the way. Even if you’re fence just needs a few new staples here and there, we have a huge selection of high-quality fencing hardware to help you get the job done.

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