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    You said that your run-in has a "sturdy center...

    You said that your run-in has a "sturdy center beam"... By beam, are you meaning horizontal? Or is it a vertical post?

    If the latter, do you mean centered in the open side? (I'm doing a lot of...
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    You've probably already considered these things,...

    You've probably already considered these things, but in addition to the gator or golf cart, be sure to plan an efficient farm layout to keep things simple and safe.

    Wide, stable paths with...
  3. We also positioned our house and chose a floor...

    We also positioned our house and chose a floor plan to have the best possible view of our horses.
    Our turnouts wrap around two sides of the house, so from our sofa I can see everyone.

    Of course,...
  4. I've used PVC over t-posts for a variety of...

    I've used PVC over t-posts for a variety of purposes, including extending the height of our chicken run t-posts so we can walk under the netting without bending over. This will sound tacky, but in...
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    We're in northwest Oregon -- wet, wet, wet. We...

    We're in northwest Oregon -- wet, wet, wet.

    We store our hay in a metal shed with a loosely fitted tarp front. I created a pallet sandwich to keep the ground moisture from coming up AND keep the...
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    I would use the concrete stain, using two or...

    I would use the concrete stain, using two or three colors for an intentionally mottled look. Make one of those colors sh*t brown, the others slighter lighter and darker shades, and poop stains will...
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    We originally got Norah, our Pyrenees/Maremma, as...

    We originally got Norah, our Pyrenees/Maremma, as more of a pet/farm dog/quasi LGD, and she is incredibly bonded to us, but her LGD instincts are as strong as any kept solely as a working dog. She is...
  8. I have yet to try these, but I plan to -- the...

    I have yet to try these, but I plan to -- the price is reasonable enough that I wouldn't be out much if I weren't satisfied.

    http://www.wedgeloc.com/products.html

    They have gate hardware,...
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    We have a plethora of coyotes around our property...

    We have a plethora of coyotes around our property and the young ones hold coyote keggers on our hillside. In the past, we did lose one cat and several chickens, but since we've taken a two pronged...
  10. We have 4-ft no-climb zip-tied to t-posts (with...

    We have 4-ft no-climb zip-tied to t-posts (with caps) and hot wire top and bottom to keep horses in and predators out.

    My minis and ASPC mare stay in, but for two of them, I have to admit it's by...
  11. With cherry trees, I hear their bark is worse...

    With cherry trees, I hear their bark is worse than their bite.
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    So, Tamara...the very compressed rattlesnake I...

    So, Tamara...the very compressed rattlesnake I found was not created by the compression process? :-)
  13. Fir is preferred for cordwood building because it...

    Fir is preferred for cordwood building because it does not shrink the way hardwoods do.

    In weighing out the cost of doing this, you need to consider the value YOU place on making use of your...
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    Most toxic plant lists are so cursory as to be...

    Most toxic plant lists are so cursory as to be worthless -- they seldom go beyond the most common, boring plants and rarely list safe plants.

    A noteworthy exception is the ASPCA toxic/nontoxic...
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    If you are concerned about resale, you can design...

    If you are concerned about resale, you can design so that the barn could easily be converted to shop/garage. The breezeway connection would lend itself well to this.

    We seriously considered an...
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    Your Thoroughbred mare just called and said she...

    Your Thoroughbred mare just called and said she is shipping Lily to come live with my minis and me in Oregon. Lock the gate and check your VISA bill.
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    Our sand and gravel yards will deliver a...

    Our sand and gravel yards will deliver a two-in-one load, dividing the dump truck in half.

    I wanted sand for dry laying brick for a small area, so I sifted the 3/4 minus gravel that we already had...
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    A slow feeder is great, providing that it is one...

    A slow feeder is great, providing that it is one designed especially for a mini's with tiny holes to keep hooves from getting caught. My 38" mini/small pony has such tiny hooves he can wedge them...
  19. [oops...after posting, I see Chali already...

    [oops...after posting, I see Chali already suggested this...I will add that the nasty susanne just popped in and suggested in place of plain wood, try a mirror...]

    Erect a sturdy post (old...
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    Mine are on dry lot for this very reason, with...

    Mine are on dry lot for this very reason, with very limited time out on grass. I feed orchard grass, but on winter nights when I want to keep their digestive systems busy, I put out local grass hay...
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    Equine artist Kathi Peters painted the doors on...

    Equine artist Kathi Peters painted the doors on her rustic barn mustard yellow, and they are gorgeous.

    http://cobcottage.blogspot.com/2010/01/art-of-farming-on-small-scale.html
  22. . I skipped over a few post, so forgive if my...

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    I skipped over a few post, so forgive if my comment is redundant.

    In addition to actual costs, the difference in price for stall board vs. pasture board is market driven. Whether it be for...
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    . I made a pallet and tarp sandwich... Place...

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    I made a pallet and tarp sandwich...

    Place first layer of pallets on the ground...then the tarp...then another layer of pallets. This prevents ground moisture from coming up and condensation...
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    That's a beautiful weathervane, Mukluk, but...

    That's a beautiful weathervane, Mukluk, but aren't you worried it will give your horses ideas of escape?

    There are many inexpensive weathervanes, but they are often poorly detailed,...
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    Google "agapanthus toxic" and you will get a...

    Google "agapanthus toxic" and you will get a number of pages listing it as toxic, including it being toxic to dogs.

    As a crazed gardener/collector of plants, I've found that few of the toxic plant...
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