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The resources listed on this page have each been reviewed for their overall suitability to assist in planning and maintaining a horse facility. Each offers a unique perspective, and are therefore listed in no particular order. They are all extremely valuable tools in their own right.

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Permit information, zoning laws, land use information, access to local authorities and more. By clicking on "county home pages" when you arrive, you can find your counties website immediately, which enables you to access the above information without having to search the entire web. This is a great resource.

A provider of direct access to your own particular states agricultural extension agency. These are located throughout the country to provide the general public with specific state and county information regarding local agricultural regulations, manure management resources, land and pasture management information and more. When you arrive, click on your states image, and then choose that states cooperative extension. This is a large website, so take the time to search for what you need. The effort will be worth it.


 

HORSEKEEPING ON A SMALL ACREAGE *    
by Cherry Hill

General information about horse farm planning for a smaller property, including layout, building design, maintenance, etc. Probably the best single book for the small horse farm owner.



BARNS AND BACKBUILDINGS *
by Donald J. Berg


Full of different barn plans that can be mail ordered, ready to submit to the local inspector for review. Also includes garage and other outbuilding plans.

 

ROOFS AND RAILS *
by Gavin Ehringer 

A full featured farm planning book that has a more "western" angle on barn design and farm management.

 

FENCES FOR PASTURE AND GARDEN *
by Gail Damerow

This book contains practical, user friendly information about numerous different fencing styles and methods, from standard wood post and rail through all styles of electric and temporary fencing. Very handy.

 

THE EQUINE ARENA HANDBOOK:
Developing a User Friendly Facility
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by Robert C. Malmgren and Deborah Helmers

Written from a soil scientists perspective, reading this book is a very good idea before construction starts, and it is extremely useful even after the arena is complete.

 

UNDER FOOT
by the USDF  (United States Dressage Federation)

For questions regarding arena construction and maintenance, whether indoors or out, this small book contains more useful information than just about any other book that we have seen.

Cherry Hill's Horse Information and Books

Horse information and books on horse training, riding and horse care by award-winning author, Cherry Hill. Includes horse barn design, stable management, hoof care, horse shoeing, nutrition, horse health care, foal training and management, grooming, lameness, buying and selling horses, ground training, mounted training, English and Western riding, horse behavior and much more.