Whether you are renovating or building a barn for your horses, one of the most important aspects which is often ignored is lighting. Providing illumination to a barn can make things around it more functional, safe, and comfortable. So if you really care about your horses, provide them with better lighting by taking good close attention to it during barn renovation or construction.
When thinking about which barn lights to install, always consider aspects like environment, neighbours, design, codes, as well as costs. Barns often require different combinations of lighting fixtures which includes the incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, vapor, and mercury. Barns will also require natural lighting so make sure your building will have enough windows for sunlight to enter.
Before installing the fixtures, also know and follow the building codes in your area. This way, you can guarantee a safer shelter and environment for your horses as required. Though as you may notice that not many barns follow the required codes, for the sake of your horses and your investment, always stick with the building and lighting code.
Letting sunshine inside the barn does not only save energy but is also healthy for the horses. The UV light coming from the sun can help destroy viruses, bacteria, and parasite lavae and eggs. On top of that, allowing light to pass through the individual windows in each stall can offer better ventilation and mental activity among the horses. For the roof, consider installing skylights for an even natural lighting during daytime.
Stall Lighting Fixtures
For barn stalls, usually standard 100 watt incandescent barn lights will be adequate. You can also make use of bulb lights or fluorescent tubes. Whichever your choice will be, make sure that they are mounted in areas where shadows will not be casted and are far away from the reach of the horses. For added safety, wrap or case the fixtures with metal or plastic cage to protect it from the nibbling mouths of the horses.
Exterior lighting is also very important especially when it comes to your convenience as well as safety and security of your horses. Security lights must be installed around the exterior of the barn. Make sure to have it powered by a different power source. Because it is for the outdoors, choose fixtures that are also designed for outdoor use. Consider installing floodlights and mercury vapor lighting fixtures for more illumination. To save energy from these fixtures, you may purchase those that come with sensors.
There’s an old gag about a bunch of kids playing hide-and-seek in the early evening hours around their neighborhood. One of the more ingenious ones figures that by hiding in a barn nearby would be the perfect place to conceal his body from the rest of the players.
No sooner did he enter the empty stall of a horse did he hear the door to the to the structure slam shut. Then he detected what sounded like the click of a rather large padlock. When police found him a couple of days later, covered in hay and hungrier than the stallion that one time took up residence in the stable all he could do say to the cop that discovered him was, “well, at least I won.”
Hunters Playing the Same Game with Their Gun Dog
Sort of like that when you hit the forest with your trusty hunting companion. You want to make sure they don’t spook the prey by barking out “here I am.” You don’t want that game bird to see the mutt before you’ve had a chance to scurry up tonight’s meal.
The canine has to be able to see the fowl. The question: How do you do that without letting the bird catch wind of your retriever before you pull the trigger?
We’ve got a few ways to keep that gregarious pup out-of-sight before its presence alerts the waterfowl that there’s more in the woods than berries and bugs.
- A sea-worthy canine.
You’re putting around in the water anyway; why not buy an inexpensive, lake-worthy aluminum boat? Launch the floater into some natural cover. Put on a pair of waders, settling the mutt in the vessel. Get a light cover and camouflage the animal with you standing behind the boat. Wouldn’t hurt to toss some brush around the outline of the skiff while in the water. The dog can see, you’re standing dry in the pond. When the mutt spots its prey, it’ll get all riled-up causing the fowl to take flight. BLAMMO! Now just steady the boat and let the dog fetch the kill.
- The blindfold box.
The only difficulty you’ll have with one of these permanent structures is that after a season-or-two you’ll need to do some spring cleaning. Vines, newly grown branches and the like will cloud the retriever’s field of vision. Another downside: If the box has a roof, your pal doesn’t have X-ray eyes. Make sure you have an entranceway cut into the blind so the dog is able to come-and-go as it sees fit. Another option is slicing some portals in the sides so the pup can take a look from different angles.
- Plop down a couple of chairs in shallow water.
You sit in one; the canine sits in the other. If the pond is a little too deep, use your carpentry skills to put the chairs on stilts. You don’t want the mutt to have to endure standing in the water while you recline waiting for a target. Obviously, you don’t want brightly red-colored chairs. Get some camo paint to make the objects fit into the scenario.
- A field hide made from chicken wire.
These portable hunting blinds can be simply made by purchasing some chicken wire. Cut it into a 48-inch stretch and connect it to the ground with some 3-foot long dowels. Gather-up some natural brush and sticks. Make sure you don’t cover it so well that the animal can’t see what’s going on outside. This solution is perfect for hunting anywhere there’s not a lot of places to hide, like riverbeds.
- Get a climbing stand.
You can get a ready-made deal or make your own. Basically we’re talking about some 2-by-2 lumber that’ll hold a large enough slice of a ¼ inch sheet of plywood. Use a ratchet strap to connect the platform to a tree. Spritz some more camouflage paint on it so it fits-in with the surroundings.