Horizon Structures Presents Series….Magic Mirror on the Wall. What is the Fairest Barn of All?



July 24, 2020

By Nikki Alvin-Smith

The verdict is in! The latest in timber frame horse barn design that utilizes the beauty of traditional carpentry technique of mortise and tenon joinery made with artisan talent combined with the affordability of modular design, is hotter than century hitting temperatures. It clearly is the ‘fairest of them all,’ when it comes to horse barn style and design. Wood fashioned in its ultimate spectacle that reflects the beauty of nature at every turn.

Naturally, a horse barn that features such a complicated carpentry technique that requires sincere expertise to produce is not going to come cheap. The blend of modular construction at the base of the barn helps mitigate the expenses and so the combination barn offers cost savings over a complete timber peg construction. 

Timber frame buildings are popular worldwide for residential living. Their unique design affords architectural delights with curved wood timbers, and their handcrafted details showcase the natural tones of color and pattern of the wood utilized.

It’s not just the inherent beauty of wood that makes this style of barn a top trending purchase in horse barns and homes alike, it’s the sturdiness of the structure. The mortise and tenon joinery means no unsightly nails, bolts or metal plates negatively affect the aesthetic appeal. That’s great. But this type of joinery is also the strongest of all techniques. Perhaps this is why the grand old barns have stood the test of time, and weathered many years of storms. 

For horse owners with property located in areas of hot temperatures, the vaulted cathedral ceilings with their passive airflow offer horses a comfortable environment in which to relax. All horses enjoy the feeling of space, and all horse owners appreciate the benefits a sturdy structure with good airflow provides to their equine partners’ health. 

Other practical considerations need to be incorporated into the design too. A ‘room’ or storage loft space above part of the barn can be a boon for many functions and other functional use. Paved aisleways can be implemented for maximum traction and action horsewise. Safety should always come first in a horse barn. Top quality hardware defines the attention to detail. Spacious stalls with large windows embrace the health and hygiene that natural light and fresh air produces and all add to the appeal of a well-designed horse barn.

The amazing manner in which the combo barn is constructed, like a giant jigsaw on site in just 5/7 days from start to finish, saves the property owner and the avid horse trainer the stress of interruptions from noise, mess and disruption of a longer term on site build for such a high quality build. 

The tight training schedule at many horse farms, means that delays due to such disruptions are highly unwelcome. The show must go on when it comes to the competition schedule, regardless of how many hours in the saddle in preparation have been exacted, as horse trainers are always working to a goal. 

As any professional horse trainer knows, the whole year or even two are mapped out in advance when it comes to the show schedule, and while unsoundness or training issues can impede progress and some setbacks are almost inevitable, building a beautiful new structure should be as pain free as possible.

“A harmonious atmosphere in the horse barn is a prerequisite for a settled and focused horse,” says international Grand Prix competitor/coach/clinician Paul Alvin-Smith, who has made many horses from birth to finish in dressage. “ Unfortunately, the inherent nature of construction is noise. You have trucks big and small coming and going all day long, work crews milling around, and the buzz of equipment pounding the airwaves. Add to that worries over nails left behind on the ground that a horse will inevitably step on, retrieving plastic wrapping blowing across paddocks and spooking stallions and weather delays on the actual build, and you quickly find your training schedule for working 6 horses a day is in the rafters for weeks and weeks on end. Quite literally! Not a good thing.“

Many busy trainers at commercial horse barns appreciate that new buildings are a welcome addition, but the building process can be difficult on the day-to-day routines.

“ It is important in horse training to work to a schedule. No trainer wants to deal with interruptions and upset. The modern, new to the market and innovative timber frame barn hybrid option offers a super alternative to a full site built barn. You enjoy all the quality and wonderful features of a timber frame build, but it avoids all those issues. I’ve been impressed with many of the horse structures I’ve encountered in my extensive years of travel worldwide as a clinician, and these timber frame combos rate up with the best of them, “ Paul added.

You don’t need to ask, “Magic mirror, on the wall – who is the fairest one of all?” as the Evil Queen famously uttered in the 1937 Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to truly appreciate that a timber frame horse barn is true royalty when it comes to barn building. What you don’t need to magic up with this hybrid design, as you would indeed require with a full timber peg design, is a royal coffer full of gold coin to purchase one. And that is not something to sneeze at.

If you are contemplating a new horse barn and would like something with a little edge, a smoothly planed edge in fact, of impressive timber melded into an eye-catching appeal with a substantive feel, then the timber frame barn build with a modular concept beneath could be your answer.

The timber frame barn is the most regal of designs but you don’t have to be a Queen to own one. Why not give it a look! 

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This article is brought to you courtesy of Horizon Structures Inc., Atglen PA – Modular horse barn specialists. Horizon Structures also offers both residential and commercial kennels, coops, multi-use structures and playsets. Please visit https://www.HorizonStructures.com to learn more.

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 indoor riding arenas, 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.

For additional information about the company or their product line, please visit their website at https://www.horizonstructures.com

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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