|Damrock Farm began as a dream for me when I was about 5 years old. As far back as I
can remember, there has never been anything else that I really wanted to do with my life.
major improvements to the existing paddocks, but that we could make it work for the and
Damrock Farm began as a dream for me when I was about 5 years old. As far back as I
two 100' X 100'. Each had a very small shelter and the fences were in pretty rough shape,
tipping over in spots, varying heights, very small gates, etc. We eventually took them all
down, but have reused many of the materials to rebuild them.
For summer turnout, we took over the fields that a local farmer had been haying for
several years. Altogether there are approximately 20 acres of grazing, broken up into
several pastures so that we can rotate them in and out of use. This allows for rest and
recovery, keeping the grasses strong and healthy and the ground in good condition.
For sales prep and also for working with hard to handle horses, we have an 80 foot round
pen. We chose 80 feet rather than the traditional 60 feet because the round pen is used
for exercise of sale horses and also those who are getting ready to enter track training.
The larger the circle, the less stress is placed on the joints and tendons, making the
exercise much less likely to cause injury to the horse. 80 feet allows for the safety of the
horses and for the handler to still control their movement.
When we bought the farm, there was no barn, only some small, decrepit shelters in the
existing paddocks. Designed completely by myself and my husband, we built the barn
ourselves with minimal help from a few family members and friends. The barn has nine 12'
X 12' stalls and a larger foaling stall. There is a feed/tack room and a storage area for
tools, wheelbarrows, extra buckets, etc., that also contains our water supply. We added
this area so that nothing needs to be left in the aisle where it could possibly injure a
passing horse. In our design plans, special attention was paid to providing excellent
ventilation and loads of natural daytime lighting. The stalls and aisle also have great
lighting for night work. The stall lights were specifically chosen to provide enough light to
be used for inducing early estrus if desired and to provide good light for safe foaling. We
installed the electrical supply with enough power, plugs and breakers that we can run
heated buckets in the winter without the risk of overloading any circuits. We can also
safely use heat lamps to keep those early babies warm until their bodies acclimate to the
cold. All the stalls are matted and the upper walls allow the horses to see their
neighbors. The slotted upper walls also improve the overall ventilation in the barn,
essential to the health of the horses.
Our hay is stored in an upper loft which is also well ventilated. The hay that we feed is an
excellent straight timothy and timothy/clover mix.
We use some of the softest, first-cut hay as bedding for foaling mares and also keep
shavings for most of our other bedding needs under cover in the overhangs outside the
barn. Farm equipment is also stored under the overhangs.
Damrock Farm is, like most farms, still a work in progress, but we are up and running with
all the essentials in place for the excellent care of any type of horse, with a special
emphasis on broodmares and foals.
Come and check us out. You'll be glad you did!
|DAMROCK FARM, LLC
Pam and Dave Zielinski, owners
877 State Highway 67