Cost Cutting Tips for Building Horse Barns

Horse owners share their top five tips for cutting costs and staying green when building a horse barn.
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Editor’s Note: The August issue of The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care will feature several articles containing cost-saving tips for horse owners. Here, two horse owners share their top five tips  for saving money while designing and building a farm.

Jim and Alex Amonette of Richland, Wash., are designing a "green" zero net energy horse facility in Montana where they plan to eventually move. "Part of cost-savings," Alex remarks, "is spending a little more up front to help prevent accidents and be safe down the road."

Here are their top five picks for cutting costs and staying green when building a horse barn:

1) Focus on reducing square footage, as this will be the main way to save on dollars spent

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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