Barn Tips

  • Creating Emergency Plan

    Creating an emergency plan is crucial. With the unpredictable weather conditions across the nation and ...

  • Extend Life of Arena

    Everyone wants to extend the life of their arena. There are many ways to extend life of arena, to get ...

  • Get Your Outdoor Arena Ready for Spring

    It’s a gorgeous day here in Upstate NY as it seems like Spring is finally hitting us! Do you know ...

  • How Often Should You Groom or “Drag” Your Arena?

    As I’ve mentioned before, I get arena questions all day long. “What should my footing depth be?”, ...

  • Attached Arenas Create Dust in Barn

    Building or renovating a barn can be fun, but also very time consuming. You’ll want to design a barn ...

  • Spring Cleaning the Tack Trunk

    Some parts of the country are having crazy weather, including our location here in Upstate NY. One day ...

  • Training Your Dogs Around Horses

    Dogs around Horses can be the best of friends or the worst of enemies!! I just moved my horse to a new ...

  • Horse Owners Preparing for Hurricane Matthew

    Hurricane Matthew is bringing huge amounts of rain and high winds to the South Eastern part of the United ...

  • Introducing Non-Horse Friends to Your Equestrian Partner

    When you’re a “horse girl” most of your friends are also “horse girls”. But maybe you find ...

  • Benefits of a Round Pen

    The benefits of a round pen for you and your horse. Round pens are very versatile and create a ...

  • Construction of Arena

  • Footing Depth

    Footing depth is always a tricky question. The depth of the footing really depends on what you plan ...

  • Footing That Won’t Freeze

    You've finally found a footing that won't freeze!! Finding an arena footing that can handle a wide range ...

  • Finding a Contractor

    Contractor's are the manpower behind building arenas. They are the ones that can make or break an arena ...

  • Barrel Racing

    Let’s talk about barrel racing. Barrel racing is a huge sport where we are located in Central NY. ...

  • Transitioning our Topcover

    Since the start of our mattress system journey almost 20 years ago, there have been many changes in ...

  • How Does Your Arena Handle a Rain Storm?

    One of the first questions I ask when discussing an arena during heavy rain is, "How does your arena ...

  • Geotextile Fabric

    I always talk about how important the base of the arena is. If you install the base incorrectly, you ...

  • East-West Arena Construction

    IGK Equestrian has dealers all over the country. These dealers have all installed our footings in various ...

  • Kick Walls in Indoor Arenas

    I’ve mentioned before, that my favorite part about selling footing is being able to go to lots of ...

  • Deep Sand in Your Horse Arena

    Have ever tried to run on the beach? Not on the wet sand near the water, but in the dry, deeper sand? ...

  • Dust

  • Expensive Now, Worth It Over Time

          When it comes to talking about footing, these conversations are cut short as soon ...

  • Ultimate Arena Guide

    Over the years we have answered numerous questions about how to build an arena from start to finish. ...

  • Cost of Maintaining a Sand Arena

    Maintaining an arena is not always easy. Depending on how much traffic you get a day on your riding ...

  • Arena Etiquette

    I grew up riding outside with my friends down trails, across field, everywhere. Then one day I found ...

  • How Long Does Your Footing Last? Part 2

    Last week I talked about our most popular question: “how long does your arena footing last?” We ...

  • How Long Does Your Footing Last? Part 1

    We had a great show at the New York State Farm Show this past week. Shows really give me an opportunity ...

  • Do Your Research Before You Build!

    Researching horse arenas is your very first step in building one. And then do more research; and then ...

  • Why Mixing Equestrian Footing Is Not Okay!!

    Around this time of the year, many equestrian customers are planning their spring barn projects causing ...

  • Horse Barn Pet Peeves

    We all have big pet peeves. And when it comes to horses, we are no different. I’m sure everyone has ...

  • Winter Watering Tips

    Well, today is December 14th, and it is a balmy 65 degrees here in Upstate NY! Although the warm temperatures ...

  • Horse Arena Footing

  • Wood Chip Arena Footing

    Wood chip arena's are common when discussing a cheaper footing installation in the beginning a horse ...

  • Riding Arena Footing For Each Discipline

    So it’s time to update the arena footing at your horse facility. After extending the life of ...

  • Horse Comfort

  • Why Add Fibers to Arena Footing?

    Many customers call about adding fibers to arena footing, they want to change their arena footing to ...

  • Bonding with your Horse

    Have you ever had an instant bond with a horse? Maybe you’ve had a horse that you’ve had since he ...

  • Keeping Horses Cool During Hot Weather

    The summer hasn’t technically started yet but the heat is climbing steadily here in Upstate NY. Always ...

  • SmartStall Vs. Rubber Filled Mattress

    You all know by now that I like to write my blogs based on questions I get when talking to customers. ...

  • Dyna’s Story- Navicular Syndrome

    I love my job. Mostly because I love horses, and get to look at gorgeous barns, pretty horses, and I ...

  • Stall Rest

    At some point when owning a horse you may go through a time period where your horse needs to be put ...

  • Winterize Your Horse Barn

    Here in Upstate NY, our winters are brutal. Being located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, we ...

  • Oops! I Spilled Water In My Stall!

    I’ve helped out at a lot of different barns over the years. I like seeing exactly how everyone operates ...

  • Stall Floors

    You would not believe the kind of questions I get during sales calls for our SmartStall™. How old ...

  • SmartStall™ Can Help You Go Green Too!

    Our SmartStall™ Mattress system is a wall to wall mattress consisting of foam and a topcover. The ...

  • IGK Equestrian

  • Visit Us at Equine Affaire!

    Once again we visited everyone at the Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA from November 10th-13th. ...

  • Daily Hoof Care

    “No hoof, no horse!” We seem to hear that phrase a lot in the horse world. Taking care of your horse’s ...

  • Empire Farms Days, Seneca Falls NY

    Come and see us at the Empire Farm Days, August 9-11th in Seneca Falls, NY! The Empire Farm Days is ...

  • Top 10 Blog Posts

    We have had our blog up and running again for a solid year. It has been a year full of a large variety ...

  • Broodmare Stall Tips

    If you intend on breeding any of your horses or maybe have some borders that have bred horses, it really ...

  • Equine Affaire

    November 12-15th was the Annual Equine Affaire Trade Show located in Springfield, MA. Our booth was ...

  • Our Footing Can Help You Go Green!

    Farms all around the country have been working harder and harder to “Go Green”.  Both horse farms ...

  • Correct Footing for Horse Disciplines

    Horse disciplines are all so diverse. There’s reining, barrel racing, jumping, grand prix jumping, ...

  • Breaking Down the Recipe of our Footing

    We get many questions about what our footing is made up of so I thought I would take a few minutes and ...

  • Picking Up Manure in Horse Arenas

    We love to catch up with customers. If we are in the area of where we know an arena is installed, we ...

  • North Brook Farms

  • Should You Cut Back On Horse Bedding?

    Are you using hay bedding in your stalls? According to an article in The Horse, dust particles, mold ...

  • Horse Stalls Rubber Mat vs. Foam Mattress?

    When choosing a surface for your horse stalls, how do you decide which material will provide the most ...

  • Tips for Cooling Down Stalls as Temperatures Heat Up…

    Cooling down stalls as temperatures heat up seems like an uphill battle for some of us! When the thermometer ...

  • Respiratory Issues for Performance Horses

    I recently came across this article in The Horse on clinical signs of common respiratory issues in performance ...

  • Stall Rest Recovery

    Having a horse dealing with stall rest recovery is something every horse owner will eventually encounter. ...

  • Top 4 Signs of Arena Footing Amendment

    The ideal arena footing would be cushioned enough for horse comfort with the right amount of traction ...

  • How to Create a Safe Foaling Stall

    With foaling season upon us, you may have already started preparing your mares’ stalls for the upcoming ...

  • Cutting Back On Horse Bedding

    Horse bedding can be straw, sawdust, wood shavings, shredded paper, rubber mats or a combination. These ...

  • The Top 5 Complaints About Arena Footing

    Over the years, I have heard dozens of complaints about arena footing. People always have several reasons ...

  • Phew stall odor?!?

    Fuming over stall odor, Phew? The average horse generates more than two gallons of urine and 30 pounds ...

  • Trade Shows

  • Come Visit Us At The World Dairy Expo – The Next Frontier

    October 2nd-6th We will be at The World Dairy Expo - The Next Frontier Our booth will be located in ...