Stablekeeping: A Visual Guide to Safe and Healthy Horsekeeping

Stablekeeping: A Visual Guide to Safe and Healthy Horsekeeping

by Cherry Hill, Richard Klimesh

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Your horses deserve a comfortable and well-kept stable. In this easy-to-use guide, Cherry Hill shows you how to design and maintain an efficient and safe stable environment. With clear instructions and more than 250 photographs, Hill provides in-depth advice on every aspect of stable management, including stalls, tack rooms, work and storage areas, sanitation, safety considerations, and more. Good stablekeeping is an essential element of every successfully equine operation; it ensures a pleasant workplace and creates a healthy and happy environment for your horses. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612122564
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,080,880
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Cherry Hill is an internationally known instructor and horse trainer and has written numerous books, including 101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, How to Think Like a Horse, What Every Horse Should Know, and Horse Care for Kids. Visit her at, where you can find information on her books, DVDs, and horsekeeping knowledge.

Richard Klimesh cares for five horses on a 70-acre horse facility in Colorado. He is a Certified Master Farrier, who has written hundreds of articles on hoof care and horse facilities. He is the Webmaster of and the producer of Horsekeeping Videos.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Barn Features

Lighting - Ventilation - Aisle Flooring

Chapter 2 Stalls

Kick Walls - Grilles - Heaters - Doors - Latches - Stall Flooring - Stall Mat Installation

Chapter 3 The Tack Room

Tack Room Details - Saddle Storage - Bridle and Blanket Storage - Plumbing and Refrigeration - Ventilation and Heat - Repair and Cleaning Areas

Chapter 4 Work Areas

A Safe Place to Tie - Tying - Grooming Area - Farrier Work Space - Vet Area - Wash Rack

Chapter 5 Tool Storage - Grooming Supply Storage - Hay, Bedding, and Blanket Storage - Coils - Lofts

Chapter 6 Tools

Hand Tools - Forks and Rakes - Brooms and Shovels - Carts - Equipment

Chapter 7 Turnout Areas

Turnout Pens - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Connectors - Gate Latches - Pen Maintenance - Mud Control

Chapter 8 Vices and Prevention

Vices - Prevention - Wood Chewing

Chapter 9 Sanitation & Pest Control

Bedding - Cleaning a Stall - Odor Control Products - Disposal - Building a Manure Pile - Parasite Control - Fly Control - Stable Pests

Chapter 10 Hay

Hay Quality - Buying, Transporting, and Storing Hay

Chapter 11 Grain

Types of Grain - Mineral Supplements - Psyllium and Sand Colic Prevention - Grain Storage

Chapter 12 Feeding Practices

Calculating Hay Ration - Evaluating a Horse's Condition - Guideline for Cold-Weather Hay Increase - Feeding Areas - Making Mat Anchors - Feeders

Chapter 13 Water

Natural Sources - Automatic Waterers - Tanks and Barrels - Water Buckets - Winter Tanks and Barrels - Winter Water Buckets - Hydrants and Faucets - Mud Prevention - Hoses

Chapter 14 Safety

Handling Horses - Facilities Safety - Fire Prevention - Safe Lights - Clean Floors - Security

Chapter 15 Emergency

General Preparation - Injury to Person or Horse - Natural Disasters - Power Loss - Water Supply - Lights - Heat Source - Evacuation - Fire - Wind and Storms - Floods - Extreme Heat - Extreme Cold - Earthquake

Chapter 16 Seasonal Reminders

Year-Round Periodic Appointments - Fall - Field Washing a Fly Sheet - Winter - Spring - Summer


Resources - Recommended Reading


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