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The Tech Equestrian

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SMART BARN TECHNOLOGIES: Guiding your Future Barn Design, Today

SMART BARN TECHNOLOGIES: Guiding your Future Barn Design, Today

When Patrick Husting, founder and creator of The Equestrian App and now Smart Barn Technologiesfirst planned to build his barn he knew he wanted it to be ‘smart.’ “There were a few factors in my decision,” Patrick explained, “one, my background in technology allowed me to know all the options available, two, I have a ‘smart’ home and third, I was also aware that smart technology doesn’t have to be expensive.”

A ‘smart barn’ incorporates the latest technology to help keep your operation running smoothly.

A ‘smart barn’ incorporates the latest technology to help keep your operation running smoothly.

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“Coming from the technology sector and into the equestrian world, I really wanted to introduce some technologies so that I could spend less time on chores and more time in the saddle.” Patrick spent countless hours reviewing hundreds of different technologies for smart-homes to see what could easily (and affordably) be transferred to a stable environment. “The goal of Smart Barn Technologies is to bring the most promising technologies to your barn and/or ranch that gives you control over the operations and time back like you've never had before,” he said. 
They offer their clients the following:

·      Ideas and suggestions on planning a smart barn implementation

·      Review current layout and environment to determine efficiencies of scale and ease of construction

·      Understand objectives to guide design principals that tailor the end product

·      Recommend small updates to large-scale projects to help reduce stress, manage operations and enhance security and safety

·      Provide lower cost options on equipment and services 

·      Smart Barn App – helps manage your time with stall and pasture reminders/alerts and water/light/camera controls

From Personal Experience
Patrick worked exclusively with Barn Pros – a company that specializes in building ‘smart’ barns to design and build his barn. “My barn has become a showcase of smart innovations that can be made possible on any farm or ranch. From the lighting that is controlled from my phone, security cameras that are available even when I'm thousands of miles away, to the composting unit that takes a 9+ month process down to 45 days. It’s simple, using smart technologies around your operations can reduce the chores and stress that comes with having livestock.” One area Patrick would have liked to change was to incorporate more networking cables around the barn and pastures. “This would have allowed me to cover more of the property with my virtual eyes,” he shared.

“Using smart technologies around your operations can reduce the chores and stress that comes with having livestock.”

“Using smart technologies around your operations can reduce the chores and stress that comes with having livestock.”

Who is Embracing Smart Barn Tech?
Patrick is finding that new barn builders are the segment of equestrians that are interested in trying some newer technologies for their operations. From establishing a seamless feeding system to managing turnout, the main questions he receives are what technologies are available that can decrease the stress and worry of having livestock. 

Waste Management Made Simple
You might not think about manure and managing waste disposal as way to reduce time doing chores to give you more time in the saddle, but Patrick has found a solution that does just that. “If you think about how much waste a horse produces and the continuous cleaning and managing of the manure pile, it can get overwhelming. There is a compost product on the market today that literally has taken what would normally takes 6-9 months to decompose to just 45 days.” This product produces no smell and no flipping of the pile is needed. “It’s composting made simple.” 

Best Return on Investment
The Tech Equestrian asked Patrick, what technologies should you invest in that will have the least impact on your wallet and will give you the biggest return on investment? “Hands down, it would be wireless cameras in and around your barn. They give you eyes that you never had before and as we know in the horse world, anything can happen.” There are also improvements that may cost more initially but pay off in the long run including investing in LED lighting and a more robust Internet connection. “Energy efficient lighting is important to help in your everyday operations from feeding in the early morning to stall check in the evening, it will also help keep your energy bill lower.”

“Security cameras give you eyes that you never had before and as we know in the horse world, anything can happen.”

“Security cameras give you eyes that you never had before and as we know in the horse world, anything can happen.”

Insurance Coverage for Smart Barns
We also inquired about ‘will this type of technology and construction impact the way we pay for insurance?’ “That is a great question and the answer is a big YES! From installing security cameras you’ll have a record of what is happening with your livestock 24/7 plus the peace of mind of knowing if any unwanted visitors are on your property. Staying vigilant with the aid of technology will be that much easier and insurance companies will want this type of data to access the risk of threats to your property and ultimately it should help reduce rates,” said Patrick. “Even flow sensors on water lines can let you know of any leaks that might be occurring that might be hidden underground,” he explained. 

The Future is Now
We live in exciting times for people owning and caring for horses and future technology is becoming available now that will influence how we manage livestock day to day. “There are autonomous trackers that are in the trial stage that can help with cutting grass, cleaning paddocks, and pulling wagons with the ability to follow you around the stable area for easy access,” cited Patrick. 

“There are many ways Smart Barn Technologies can help you plan, update and bring to life your smart barn without the stress of researching and knowing what to invest in,” Patrick said. “You may not realize how many tech products you can implement today that can save you time and money and we are happy to help facilitate and provide ideas for an enhanced smart barn experience,” he added.

Website: Smart Barn Technologies

Facebook: @smartbarntech

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