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Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage
Designing and Managing Your Equine Facilities

Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage     
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Cherry Hill
Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition, 2005
ISBN 158017535x

Here's another book which I have made great use of when designing and building my facility. I just wish I had discovered it earlier! Although it certainly includes barn plans, that is not the primary focus of this book, but rather Hill focuses more on the design of your entire facility, including a detailed discussion of laying out your paddocks and buildings to make the best use of your land, taking into account all factors such as neighbors, footing, land formations and existing buildings, roads, and natural features.

This lady knows her stuff, having taught university-level courses in horse-management and training, and written numerous well-regarded books. She is also a breeder and trainer of horses, and a judge for several national breed organizations.

Hill starts at the beginning in this book, discussing the benefits and responsibilities of horse ownership, horse behaviour as it relates to management, the needs of the horse, and the different levels of management. She takes you through choosing an acreage, designing the layout, barn construction, other buildings, choosing machinery and equipment, fencing for training and turn-out, pasture and hay-field management, water, sanition, an excellent fire prevention section, and on through daily routines, and record keeping.

Anyone who is contemplating moving their horses to their own place should get this book. Experienced horse managers will also enjoy the text, and will undoubtedly pick up some helpful tips from this first-rate author and horse-person.