Horse handling for new Horse Owners: A general blog from the Health Hoof

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A general guide for horse handling for new owners – a post from the Healthy Hoof blog.


At Barn World, we offer a lot of great livestock products and everything from cattle guards, hay feeders, feed bins and saddle pads.  When discussing the large array of available products with customers, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that a lot of our customers are new to caring for and interacting with livestock, horses and poultry.  As such, I thought I’d include some general posts for those who are new to caring for and owning animals.

If you’d like to share your ideas or comments please feel free and you may always contact Barn World at or call 720-238-2190.



Recently I came across a good general information blog post from the Healthy Hoof.    It’s a general post, but provides a great initial outline and tips for interacting with your horse.

Horse handling for new horse owners

Even in today’s economy (or maybe because of it), new horse owners pop up every day. An inexperienced client will often purchase an inexperienced horse. It can be a challenge to teach both owner and horse techniques that ensure the safety and cooperation for everyone involved, but also very rewarding to be able to start with a “fresh” owner and essentially create the perfect client/professional relationship.

Did you know that farriers interact with more horses than veterinarians, and even horse trainers? Due to the cyclical nature of hoof care, and horses’ impeccable memories, it is beneficial for me as a hoof care professional to form trusting relationships with my clients’ horses. Horses remember positive and negative experiences, and negative experiences can never be completely erased. This is one reason it is imperative that horse owners choose their hoof care professionals carefully.

I’ve put together a list of basic horse handling techniques below, with a focus on holding a horse for a farrier or trimmer. Many of the techniques also apply to holding your horse for the veterinarian or other equine professionals. These techniques are based on logic, common sense, and my own experiences as a hoof care professional.

It is my hope that these tips will help prevent some foreseeable accidents and possibly save some lives.

Use appropriate and properly fitted tack.
I prefer a rope halter with at least a 12 foot lead. A longer lead may be necessary for a young or green horse, because it can be used to move the horse around should groundwork training come into play. A rope halter is gentle, but uncomfortable if a horse leans into it, unlike standard wide nylon or leather halters. Rope halters are especially effective when working with pushy horses.

Ask your horse to focus on the task at hand.
Encourage him to relax by petting him softly (but not with a brush in the middle of shedding season!). Do not distract your horse with treats or hay, because he may forget that someone is handling his hooves. Feeding horses also causes body weight to shift a lot (especially if they are reaching for a treat), which makes it difficult for your farrier to balance under him. Treats are okay as rewards for good behavior, but the timing must be right.

If a horse misbehaves, correct it, but give warning to your farrier beforehand.
One of the most effective maneuvers for correcting a horse is backing him up – with energy. This does not mean pushing him back with all of your strength, but asking/insisting that the horse back up with your body language. Pushy, dominant, or spoiled horses can be taken down a notch or two by using this technique. It also redirects the horse’s focus back to you and your farrier.

When working on front feet, stand on the opposite side of the horse’s head, facing your farrier and horse at a 45-degree angle.
If you stand facing your horse, your farrier may have difficulty maneuvering around you, or you could be struck by an overly exuberant horse. Stand in a position where you are able to observe your horse’s body language and warn your farrier of behavior that may indicate a dangerous situation. Be aware of the surroundings, and keep children and pets away from the work area.

When working on hind feet, stand on the same side of the horse as your farrier.
Keep the horse’s head slightly tilted towards you so that he can see you and your farrier easily. Keep your horse from turning his head the opposite direction as this will shift his weight onto the hind foot that is off the ground. Your farrier’s back will thank you for this!

When walking or trotting out your horse for gait analysis, keep your horse on a loose lead.
Avoid pulling on your horse’s head as it affects his weight distribution and gait. Give your horse at least 3 feet of lead rope. Teach your horse to trot with you as the trot is a common gait used for identifying lameness and gait abnormalities. A flat, smooth surface where the horse can be walked or trotted in a straight line or circle is desirable in these situations.

I hope this information will prove beneficial for horse owners and equine health professionals. Please feel free to post additional tips as comments, and share/print this article as long as it is credited/linked back to this site.

Hay Feeder: Hauling hay with a school bus – ingenuity at work!



Check out this neat article from Progressive Forage Grower that shows the ingenuity of a farmer in Kansas complete with a video of his hay hauling technique.
Although Barn World doesn’t offer hay haulers like the school bus below, we do have a large selection of hay feeders and other livestock equipment and livestock supplies for your farm and ranch.  Be sure to check out Barn World for everything from saddle pads to cattle guards, to hay feeders.

Written by Alisa Anderson

Updated June 23, 2011Instead of hauling one or two bales at a time with his tractor, David Anderson used his brain to save time.He converted a school bus into a bale hauler.

Anderson has two bale haulers – a round bale hauler and a square bale hauler. The square bale hauler can pick up and haul 12 three-by-three bales, or eight four-by-four bales, and the round bale hauler can pick up and haul seven to eight round bales.

Two hydraulic arms squeeze the sides of the bale and lift the bale to the “table” on top of the bus cab. The table lifts up at an angle, and the bales slide down to the back of the bed, which is set up at an angle. When you are ready to unload, the forks at the end of the bed drop down, and as you drive away the bales slide off.

“I can mount the hauler on any type of vehicle; you just have to change the angle of the bed and the points of your lift arms,” says Anderson.

Anderson purchased an old school bus from a school district to mount the bale hauler on. The bus has an automatic transmission so the driver won’t wear out the clutch, has a diesel engine, drives faster than a tractor and uses farm-grade diesel.

Used school buses usually don’t cost more than $4,000 and have been kept in excellent condition. Anderson paid $2,000 for his first bus. He says if you use flotation tires, they won’t compact the soil, but Anderson just uses the tires that were on the bus. The flat surface on top of the cab gives the hay hauler good stability, even on a hillside.

Anderson bought a 28-horsepower Kubota engine to independently drive his hydraulics. It uses the same electrical system, generator and fuel tank on the bus, and only uses about a gallon an hour. He installed an electric clutch pump that uses a fan belt to drive the hydraulics. It’s slower than an engine- mounted pump, but also much cheaper.

“I used electric instead of hydraulic so I wouldn’t have to run all the hoses into the cab,” says Anderson.

Anderson is working to build a kit that can be sold at local dealers. Farmers could then buy their own vehicles and mount the hauler on them.

“It’s so time-consuming to just pick up only one or two bales, and drive back and forth and back and forth over the field. This way it just saves time. There are comparable machines on the market, but they’re very expensive,” says Anderson.  FG

For more information and photos e-mail

The video was featured in the June 16, 2011 issue of The Jewell County Record and The Superior Express newspapers)




Radiant Floor Heat now offers two different hydronic radiant floor heating kits for do-it-yourself projects. Hydronic radiant floor heating systems are an excellent choice for heating concrete floors in basements, garages, greenhouses and slab on grade additions.  Chose from two sizes of radiant heating kits based on the size of your space or buy several kits for larger spaces.

These hydronic radiant floor heat systems feature the Seisco Electric Hydronic Heat Source.  Seisco systems are small and highly efficient employing patented power-sharing technology.  They are UL listed for space heating applications and are known for self diagnostics and ease of service

Installation of these radiant heating kits is easy.

First you will mount the panel on the wall.

Next, you will install the PEX radiant floor tubing to rigid insulation prior to pouring your slab.  BarnWorld carries special insulated floor panels for radiant floor systems with a radiant tubing grid.  These modular insulated floor panels make installation of the PEX tubing simple as the loops are pre-set.  Using these floor panels can cut your installation time by two thirds.

After the tubing is installed you will connect the PEX tubing to the manifold, fill the system with antifreeze, purge the air and have your electrician wire the thermostat, circulating pump and the electric boiler.  Your floors and rooms will be warm and comfortable.

Visit for all your radiant floor heating needs as well as reflective insulation and farm and ranch supplies.

Boot Scraper’s keep the outdoors, outdoors.

Barn World now carries boot scrapers from Scrusher to keep your outdoors from coming indoors!

boot scraper

boot scraper

Stop the dirt before it gets into your house, business or vehicle!

The SCRUSHER® will remove dirt, mud, snow, slush and grass outside, not inside. Making your floors and shoes cleaner!  These boot cleaners are great for keeping clean.

Save Time And Money!

  • Less Time Mopping and Scrubbing Your Floors
  • Spend Less Time Vacuuming Up Dirty Floors
  • Spend Less Time and Money on Steam Cleaning Your Carpets

Spend your time doing the things you want to do! Reducing your house work is simple and easy with the SCRUSHER®. There is no assembly. You take it out of the box and it is ready to go! What could be easier than that!

SCRUSHER® is the Original!  The original golf SCRUSHER® is the one you see at golf courses all over the world! You can now have that same quality at your home, farm or business!

Here’s why the SCRUSHER® is the best product of its kind on the market:

  • Made in the USA
  • Durable Steel Construction
  • Soft and Durable Brushes
  • Many Models to Select From
  • Quality Matters to Us

Every home, farm and business should have a SCRUSHER®.

Head to to see all the different SCRUSHER® models. There is certain to be a model that meets your needs and fits in with your environment.

Call it a boot cleaner, a boot scaper, a shoe cleaner or a boot brush, just call it a Scrusher! Get the Original. Get a SCRUSHER®.

Now Barn World and carries more than just your livestock supplies and livestock equipment needs.  We now carry everything from cattle guards to saddle pads.  Visit us today for all your farm and ranch supplies and livestock needs!

Bucket Forks create a front end workhorse

Easy to use and install Bucket Forks
Easy to use and install Bucket Forks

Barn World, your livestock equipment solution center now offers the extremely versatile bucket forks to add the functionality of a pallet fork to your bucket

These easy to install and remove pallet forks attach quickly to your bucket and are secure with the patented “C-Clamp Pad” design that won’t harm your bucket and creates a more secure fit.  No longer do you need to remove your bucket to get the functionality of the pallet forks.

C-Clamp for easy on and off
C-Clamp for easy on and off
  • No Chains or Binders Needed with our Bucket Forks
  • Exclusive “C-Clamp Pad” design won’t harm your bucket and creates a more secure fit
  • No need to remove or modify your bucket
  • Quickly and easily attaches directly to your existing bucket
  • All of our Bucket Forks are powder coated
  • We currently offer three types of pallet forks:

    Light Duty Pallet Forks -working length of 39″ and load capacity of 1,200 lbs.

    • Great for compact and sub-compact tractors and loaders up to 25HP
    • Move pallets, logs, rail road ties and more!
    • Bucket forks will turn your tractor into a workhorse!
    Light Duty Bucket Forks

    Medium Duty Pallet Forks – working length of 43″ and a load capacity of 2,400 lbs.

  • Great for compact tractors and loaders from 35HP to 55HP
  • Move pallets, logs, rail road ties and more with our Bucket Forks!
  • Slip in a standard 2×4 as a back stop
  • Medium Duty Pallet Fork
    Medium Duty Pallet Fork

    Heavy Duty Pallet Forks – working length of 53″ and a load capacity of 5,000 lbs.

  • Great for tractors, loaders and skid steers up to 55HP and above.
  • Easily lifts up to 5,000 lbs
  • Slip in a standard 2×4 as a back stop with our HD Bucket Forks.
  • Easily add 2x4's for a backstop
    Easily add 2×4’s for a backstop
    Heavy Duty Pallet Forks
    Heavy Duty Pallet Forks
  • All of our bucket forks come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty*
  • To quickly and easily add the functionality of pallet forks to bucket without the hassle of changing the bucket or the expense of buying another implement, get a pair of bucket pallet forks from Barn World, your livestock equipmentheadquarters.

    Campfire Rings add a campfire anywhere!

    Campfire Firering

    Campfire Firering

    Barn World has just added a fun product to it’s farm and ranch supply website.  The new campfire rings make it easy to add a campfire.

    Fire rings are ideal for camps and campgrounds near cabins, in backyards almost anywhere.  There is no hardware needed to install, just toss on the ground, build your fire an enjoy.  It easily dismantles into two pieces for easy transportation and storage and includes a great steel poker.

    At 36″ in diameter and10″ high, it’s the perfect size for any camp fire.  This sturdy ring is made from 12-guage steel and may be personalized with any two characters!

    For outdoor fire rings, these are the most decorate and highest quality for any outdoor fire.  You may choose from two designs:  The Deer, Pine and Oak campfire ring design, or the Moose and Tree fire ring.  We also offer the option to personalize your fire ring with your initials or any two characters you desire.

    These fire ring also make a great unique gift that may be personalized for anyone on your list.

    Be sure to check out for all of your livestock equipment and livestock supply needs as we continue to expand our product lines in everything from equine supplies like our popular 5 Star saddle pads to our large selection of cattle guards.

    Saddle Pads from 5 Star Equine!

    Barn World carries 5 Star Equine Saddle Pads for all your riding needs. 5 Star saddle pads offer the best protection for you horse’s back and are made from 100% Wool. The World’s Finest, All-Natural 100% Wool Contoured Pad are specially designed to fit the shape of your horse or mule’s back. Unique, two-piece construction eliminates spinal pressure and improves saddle fit – no over-cinching. The 5 Star Contoured Saddle Pad is the original Western contour pad with “a true French Curve backline and withers slope.” Special attention is given to wither height, backline variance and hip placement which results in a GREAT FITTING PAD that conforms to the shape of your horse or mule. This conscious effort in design has produced a pad that fits most breeds of horses and mules without “break-in” fitting.


    1/2″ Under Pad Great for showing, reining, cutting or pleasure horses when you still need protection yet want to put a colorful blanket over the under pad for show purposes. 3/4″ Regular Pad An excellent all-around pad for those that need a daily exercise training pad and may also need to throw a blanket over for the show ring. 7/8″ Thick Pad The best all-around use pad recommended for trail riding, team penning, cutting, reining, and barrel racing. We can also cut the 3/4″ and 7/8″ pad in a 28″ length for barrel racing saddles. 1″ Extra Thick Pad Designed wih ranch work in mind, for roping, performance, colt starting or heading to the mountains with lots of gear. 1-1/8″ Supreme Roper PadSpecially engineered for team roping, calf roping, steer stopping and peformance.


    Simply spray pad with water, rub soiled areas in a circular motion with fingers or a rubber curry comb and hang to dry. A gentle detergent may also be necessary. Do not lay flat on it’s back (upside down). With this reasonable care, pad will last 1500-2000 hours. 5 Star 100% Wool Felt Contoured Saddle Pads contain 90% virgin wool and 10% reworked wool giving your animal protection that will last 2,000+ hours with reasonable care. 5 Star’s felt has been made with heat, steam and pressure which eliminates any concerns about shrinkage or distortion as you begin to consider cleaning needs.

    Care & Cleaning

  • Equipment: 5 Star Cleaning Sponge, Rubber Fingered Curry, Flat Rubber Curry
  • Prevent dirt and hair build-up on the under side of pad by brushing occasionally. This keeps old hair from trapping dirt & sweat, and embedding deep into the pad.
  • To remove embedded hair and dirt, rotate a dry 5 Star Cleaning Sponge in circular motion on dry pad. Wipe hair off sponge surface with your hand while cleaning pad.
  • For pads with heavy crusted sweat and dirt, break up areas with rubber fingered curry or scrape gently with a dull edged object being careful not to cut the felt. Use a vacuum to remove excess grime and loose material. A brush or a swift slap with your hand may also be used to sweep away dirt and hair.
  • Every 5 Star pad comes with a label that describes the basic method for cleaning and an all-natural dry-cleaning sponge!

    Visit today for all your saddle pads,  equine supplieslivestock equipment  and farm and ranch equipment needs.

    Decorative Mailbox Toppers

    Personalize your mailbox by adding a Decorative Mailbox Topper.

    Mailbox topper

    Mailbox topper

    Over Twenty Different Designs!

    This brand new item from Barn World is easy to install, has a powder coat finish and is a great gift idea.

    We now offer mailbox tops in over twenty different styles with three different finishes.

    Check out all of our mailbox topper supplies at and don’t forget you can get all of your livestock supplies and livestock equipment at

    Bear Design

    Bear Design

    Designer Series: Get jazzy with splints, boots and head bumpers

    Designer Head Bumpers

    Designer Head Bumpers

    No-turn Bell Boots

    No-turn Bell Boots

    Designer Splint Boots

    Designer Splint Boots

    The 2010 Designer Collection from Davis is a great way to liven up your splint boots, bell boots and head bumpers in style.

    The Davis products have consistently been forerunners in durability and easy maintenance and their new designer line is no exception. Through the development of a PVC impregnated fabric process, we are able to provide the same durable and easy clean surface as all other Davis products.
    The Davis designer line series is available in the Head Bumper, Splint Boot and No-Turn Bell Boot only. Each item features their original product characteristics with the addition of the easy-clean PVC impregnated fabric surface.

    BarnWorld also offers 5 Star Equine saddle pads with zebra stripes and giraffe print leathers. We also have horse splint boots and no-turn bell boots in zebra patterns. They are the latest addition to the fashion for horses of designer, glitter and neon colors.

    Barnworld has a great selection of wool saddle padssheepskin saddle pads, cinchas, breastcollars, horse boots, jumping boots, head bumpers, jowl sweats, tail wraps and dressage cones. Visit our website at for the latest selection and all your equine equipment needs.

    Waters keep your animals healthy

    Keeping your animals hydrated is important for health and weight gain in livestock.   Barn World has a wide selection of waters for all you animal watering needs.

    BIGspring - ENERGY FREE WATERER - 60 Gallon with heat

    BIGspring - ENERGY FREE WATERER - 60 Gallon with heat

    The large 60 gallon Big Spring Waterer is a constant-flow watering system ideally suited for free-stall dairy operations and large feedlots. If you raise beef or dairy cows, the BIGspring model is perfect to fit your needs.

    LilSpring WATERER - Double-Sided 6 GAL (with heat in GREEN)

    LilSpring WATERER - Double-Sided 6 GAL (with heat in GREEN)

    Smaller waterers in the Lil’Spring models are ideal for small animals or groups of small animals — such as goats, llamas, ponies, horses, and many others. Lil’Spring models can accomodate multiple pens by installing them in a split-fence application.   We offer them as single or double sided waterers.

    MiraFount - ENERGY FREE WATERER - 4 HOLE Removable

    MiraFount - ENERGY FREE WATERER - 4 HOLE Removable

    Our Energy-Free Waterers:

    E-Founts are the most economical electric heat waterers available today. The E-Fount is equipped with a 50 watt heat element and thermostat. E-Founts only require 4 kilowatts of electricity during a week of -25 degree F temperatures. This model is ideally suited to operations with just a few animals drinking infrequently or if extreme cold weather conditions are persistent.

    We also offer the MiraFount models which are patterned after their first energy-free livestock watering systems, built more than 30 years ago. These small. medium and large capacity watering systems are ideal for beef operations, dairy herds and other livestock.

    Hog and Pig Waterers

    Hog and Pig Waterers

    Hog Waterers

    We also have utility Hog Waterers in 80 and 35 gallon sizes.  The hog waterer is:

  • Made of 100% non-porous polyethylene – will not rust, rot or corrode.
  • Confinement pen acids have no effect – waterers last and last.
  • Quick and easy cleaning – no pans or shields to remove from drinker trough.
  • Big hogs drink with ease from 18” wide x 17” high x 9 fl” deep drinkers.
  • Trough height from floor is 6”, so little pigs drink easily.
  • No cracks, corners or crevices to collect sediment or bacteria.
  • Each drinker has a drain plug, so washing and flushing is fast, simple and complete.
  • One dependable float and valve handles both drinkers.
  • Heavy steel-plated chew guard protects trough lip.
  • Gallon capacity calibrations molded into tank wall.
  • Float and valve completely protected from hogs.
  • Remember to keep your animals healthy with a livestock waterer from Barn World.  Visit for all your livestock equipment needs.