|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.
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.
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, 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. The round pen also works great for turnout for
mares with new foals, allowing us to introduce them safely to the rest of the herd.
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 as well as
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, produced by a local farmer.
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 that run
the entire length of both sides of the barn.
For mares who are close to foaling, we have cameras installed in the foaling stall
as well as several others, allowing us to keep watch on them from inside the house at
all hours of the day and night. Nothing in the entire foaling process is as important as
watching, just in case something does not go as planned and help is required. In the
equine birthing process, minutes can be the difference between a happy, healthy
mare and foal, or the exact opposite.
Damrock Farm has all of the essentials required for the proper 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!
|Pam and Dave Zielinski, owners
877 State Highway 67