Construction of an equestrian facility is no small project. The purchase of a suitable property to build the entity is just the beginning of a huge undertaking that will require a dedication of both dollars and diligence to detail to accomplish the build.
What is the smart way to go about building your dream equestrian facility? While key factors to consider include what will be built and where will it be sited and resources abound for advice on site considerations and design , there is another aspect to review. Who will build each component?
A dream equestrian facility may include a horse barn (or 2 or 3, for larger operations such as breeding/boarding farms), an indoor arena, a storage structure for hay, supplies and equipment in addition to run-in sheds, fencing, and a service infrastructure for electric/water and communication.
It may be tempting to work with a general contractor or construction company for the entire build, and leave the ‘who builds what’ to their consideration. This is certainly the most hands-off way to manage the project, and possibly also the most expensive. It may also result in one company completing construction on every structure, regardless of their experience in the various components or ability to resource the best materials or design skills to complete the job.
Consider for instance, another expensive project that many homeowners have completed, the design and construction of a new kitchen. While it may be tempting to buy your appliances to match by choosing only one manufacturer, the result can be a super efficient well-made fridge/freezer, with a less well-designed range or dishwasher. The company that excels at production of wall ovens, may not offer the best microwave. You probably wouldn’t employ a carpenter to cut and lay a quartz countertop, or a mason to custom build and design cabinetry.
In the world of horses, the choice of horse housing mixed with the need for an indoor arena with huge clear span design plus requirements for ancillary elements such as fencing can similarly be best accomplished by buying these components individually from the professionals that specialize in their construction.
A great construction company will always be more than willing to collaborate and work with another, and the end result can not only save you sincere expense on the build, but also facilitate the best possible facility that is properly designed for best form and function.
A great example of two buildings that require very different equipment, materials and design that need to be married together, is the popular integration of a horse barn adjacent to an indoor arena. This saves trainers much angst during winter months in cold climates, as horse and rider do not need to navigate snow/ice-covered driveways to work horses, and provides convenience for daily chores within one place.
If you use a specialist in indoor arena building, and separately purchase a horse barn from an expert horse barn construction company, then not only can you save money, you can likely also have your dream equestrian facility completed and ready to use in a shorter time frame.
The very popular modular horse barn, is a quick and easy way to add stabling to an indoor arena, and the provision of run-in sheds or storage buildings can all be delivered and set up in short order, without compromising on the knowledge needed to design and customize horse housing and provide a safe environment for horses. Don’t forget to ask for quantity discounts if purchasing more than one structure from one source and consider utilizing financing options that are available from larger manufacturers.
Collaborative efforts between construction companies can result in the best equestrian complex, so don’t be shy to manage the components yourself to optimize the outcome. Spend your hard earned dollars wisely to attain the features and functionality that you desire to make your dream of owning of an equestrian facility a reality at the most competitive price.
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About Horizon Structures: One horse or twenty, there’s one thing all horse owners have in common…the need to provide safe and secure shelter for their equine partners. At Horizon Structures, we combine expert craftsmanship, top-of-the-line materials and smart “horse-friendly” design to create a full line of sheds and barns that any horse owner can feel confident is the right choice for their horses’ stabling needs.
All wood. Amish Made. Most of our buildings are shipped 100% pre-built and ready for same-day use. Larger barns are a modular construction and can be ready for your horses in less than a week. All our barn packages include everything you need –
Horizon Structures also sells chicken coops, dog kennels, 1 and 2 car garages, storage sheds and outdoor living structures.
Headquartered in South-Central Pennsylvania, Horizon Structures, LLC is owned by Dave Zook. Dave was raised in the Amish tradition and grew up working in the family-owned shed business. He started Horizon Structures in 2001 in response to an ever-increasing customer demand for high quality, affordable horse barns.
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About Nikki Alvin-Smith: International published writer and creative content producer. Ghostwriting, blog services, PR/Marketing specialist. Nikki also produces catalog and website copy, white papers, e-books, corporate brochures, advertising copy, photography, videography for a wide range of businesses.
As a Brit who has called the America home for the past 35 years, Nikki brings a unique perspective to the equestrian world. Nikki is also an accomplished Grand Prix dressage trainer/competitor, competing at international level and is a highly sought clinician offering clinics worldwide. She has been a horse breeder/importer of warmblood and Iberian breeds for more than 25 years. Together with her husband Paul who is also a Grand Prix trainer, they run Willowview Hill Farm, a private dressage training operation in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York. Please visit https://nikkialvinsmithstudio.com/ to learn more about her affordable services.
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