One Building, Two Purposes

Oregon Apartment Barn By Dustin Gruetter, DC Structures   A classic post-and-beam apartment barn is a model of efficiency, making good use of one building for two purposes. This custom apartment barn in Cornelius, Oregon is a perfect example of a structure that is both a highly functional equestrian facility …

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Arena Footing

Keep Your Performance Horses Healthy and Safe By Dustin Gruetter, DC Structures     Arena footing sounds simple enough, but when it’s time to start selecting materials for your equestrian facility, you’re likely to find more options than you ever imagined. Poor footing could subject your horse to increased risk …

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Outfitting Your Barn

Make the Right Choices for Safety and Economy By Dustin Gruetter     When it’s time to start selecting equipment and fixtures for your new horse barn, the dizzying array of options can be a bit overwhelming. For the better part of two decades, DC Structures has been designing and …

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Easy on the Hooves: The Importance of Arena Footing

By Dustin Gruetter, President and Founder of DC Structures   Arena footing—seems easy enough, right? Decisions surrounding the footing you choose for your riding arena are a lot more complicated than you might think. Poor footing will subject your horse to increased risk of injury and long-term degenerative problems. Therefore, …

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Arena Footing Considerations

Don’t Cut Corners on Correct Footing By Dustin Gruetter   Does choosing arena footing make your head spin? It seems complicated because it is! Of course, equestrians know that caring for horses is no easy task. Poor footing will subject your horse to increased risk of injury and long-term degenerative …

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Reduce Your Farm’s Environmental Impact

March 2018

Tips for a Greener Barn and Farm by Dustin Gruetter   When it comes to your land and animals, perhaps you’ve wondered if there are things you can do to lighten your environmental footprint. With waste-management solutions, natural lighting and ventilation, and a host of energy-efficient upgrades on the market, …

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Smart Barn Design

How to Live the Dream and Help Save the Planet   Small-scale agriculture and animal farming are some of our strongest links to the earth. This symbiotic, cyclical relationship between humans, flora, and fauna predates our agrarian roots and is guided by a principle of respect for our planet’s natural …

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Barns Built to Last

February 2018

The Benefits of Post-and-Beam Barn Designs by Dustin Gruetter   The decision to add a horse barn to your property is a big one, and can feel rather daunting once you start to review all your options. Of course, this is doubly true if you’re not acquainted with the proper …

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Apartment Barns

February 2018

Next Level Equestrian Living by Dustin Gruetter   Caring for horses is a labor of love, but the time and resource investment can be tiring. Whether it’s driving back and forth between your home and the place where your horses are stabled, or tending to equestrian facilities and a house …

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