Prepare Horse and Farm for Winter Months

As you prepare for Old Man Winter, these 9 helpful tips will help you protect your horse farm from the sleet, snow, mud and bitter cold – while keeping your horses healthy and comfortable.

1. Bring in footing material for paddocks, confinement areas, and other high-traffic regions. Laying down some kind of footing material, usually sand, crushed rock, or some type of wood product, will help eliminate mud and cut down on erosion. This spells easier chores for you, and a safer, healthier surface for your horses to spend the winter on.

2. Check gutters and downspouts. Now is the time to think of repairs or additions to be made to your roof run-off system. Keep rainwater clean by diverting the water away from your paddocks to areas where it won’t get contaminated. Good places to divert the rainwater include a grassy ditch, a dry well, a rain barrel, stock watering tanks, well-vegetated woods, or an unused portion of your pasture.

3. Bring your horses in off your pastures.  For winter protection, it’s best if you allow the grass plants to produce a good amount of leaf, at least 4 inches. During the winter months, pasture plants are dormant and unable to regrow, so pastures can’t survive continuous grazing. Also, soils are saturated and easily compacted during soggy winters. The best option for managing your horses during winter is to create a winter paddock and confine your horses to this area during the winter as often as possible.

4. Tarp your manure piles.  In preparation for winter rains, sleet or snow, tarp your manure pile and shavings pile. This will help prevent runoff into ponds and streams, and keep nutrients in place. It will also help keep the nutrients you are trying to save in the compost and prevent them from being washed out into the surface waters, where they can cause a potential problem and contribute to more mud and yuck. Try to store manure as far away as possible from streams, ditches, and marshy lands to avoid environmental problems. Pick up manure on a regular basis; when mixed with mud and rain, and melting snow manure will quickly turn into packed mud that your horse and you will have to deal with over the long winter months. Manure should be picked up every 3 days in stalls, paddocks and other areas where horses are confined to.

5. Servicing equipment. Service power equipment and tools used around the farm by changing oil, flushing antifreeze and tuning up engines. It is smart to have a portable generator to provide power for your house or outbuildings. Make sure these things are stored in an easily accessible garage or barn.  The same goes for snow blowers, snow plows and other winter-related machinery. Insulate above-ground pipes in the barn and make sure all extension cords are in proper working order.

6. Lighting.  Inadequate lighting is probably the most limiting factor in caring for and enjoying our horses in the winter. A good lighting system goes a long way toward getting chores done and making our horse lives more pleasant. Adequate outdoor lighting is wonderful for an arena or riding area, but it is critical for daily manure removal in paddocks. Are your stalls bright enough for grooming? You want to be able to have full visibility when feeding at night, perhaps installing lighting along a walkway or adding additional lighting to the occupied stalls.

7. Buy your winter supply of hay. If you haven’t already, purchase your winter’s supply of hay now. It could mean cost-savings for you, since many third and fourth cuttings happen in the fall if Mother Nature has been kind with the weather. As the winter wears on, hay prices generally rise. You’ll also ensure that you have a secure supply of feed when it gets scarce in midwinter and others are hunting around for a good hay source. When shopping for hay, choose green, leafy, fresh-smelling hay that’s free of mold, weeds, dust, foreign objects, and discoloration.

8. Set up a water supply that won’t freeze or get icy cold. A horse drinks 8 to 12 gallons of water per day. Research shows horses prefer water temperatures of about 45 to 65 degrees and tend to drink less when water is very cold.  A decrease in water consumption can lead to colic, so make sure your horses are drinking an adequate amount. On very cold days, either break or remove ice in the morning and again in the evening. Also consider getting a stock tank heater or heated stall buckets. Plan ahead and have this equipment on hand before the snow flies. Again, when the temperature drops to sub-zero readings, tank heaters and thermal buckets sell out fast.

9. For your horse. Thoroughly clean and condition tack before the threat of frozen fingers sets in. If you have washed and waterproofed your horse blankets, shake them out and make sure no rodents have damaged them while they were stored. Protect oral, injectable or topical medication and salves from freezing. Either ensure that they are in a cold-protected area of your barn or take them into the house for the winter.Prepare your horse’s feet. If you plan on pulling shoes for the winter, do it now so they have a chance to acclimate before the ground hardens. If you plan on keeping shoes on your horse, talk to your farrier about traction options.In addition to preparing your horse and farm, make sure your winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves are all in working order and don’t need to be repaired or replaced.



Charming historic 13 acre, 5 stall horse farm!


Charming historic farmhouse on 13 acres, with a 5 stall barn!




Historic home on 13 level acres with direct access to hundreds of acres of nature preserve. Impeccably maintained 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house, lovingly and thoughtfully restored and updated for modern living. 5-stall barn, outdoor riding ring, 5 acres of fenced pastures, large, 3-car garage. 90 miles from Manhattan. Convenient to shopping, hospitals, entertainment, Pocono attractions. Beautiful oak and pine floors, charming living room with stone fireplace and beamed ceiling, bright 4-season sunroom, warm country kitchen with quartz countertops, new appliances, formal dining room, den/family room, wrap around front porch. Lovely back patio overlooks expertly landscaped perennial gardens. Newer roof, siding and furnace. 3 separate parcels make this a great investment property.

Colonial For Sale in Pocono Township, East Stroudsburg

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•  2422 sqft , 2 bath , 4 bdrm colonial USD550,000 .

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Historic home on 13 level acres with direct access to riding trails and hundreds of acres of nature preserve. Impeccably maintained 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house, lovingly and thoughtfully restored and updated for modern living. 5-stall barn, outdoor riding ring, 5 acres of fenced pastures. Large, 3-car garage. The perfect home for endurance and trail riders, hikers, runners, sports enthusiasts and nature-lovers.

Beautiful natural oak and pine floors throughout. Charming living room with wood-burning, stone fireplace and beamed ceiling. Country kitchen with Silestone quartz countertops and new appliances. Formal dining room can comfortably seat at least ten guests. Den/family room. Four-season sunroom. Bright mudroom/laundry room. Lovely back patio overlooks beautifully landscaped perennial gardens, protected by deer fencing. Covered wrap around front porch. Newer roof, siding and heating system.

3 separate parcels of level, open, partially wooded land totaling 13 acres. Each parcel can be a separate residential building lot. Approx. 5 acres of fenced pasture. 90 x 140’ outdoor riding ring. Direct access to riding trails and hundreds of acres of nature preserve. Barn has five stalls: (3) 8 x 17’ (2) 10 x 12”. Hay storage above and new roof. 3-car detached garage.

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BIG Price Drop on Entry-Level Equestrian Center


This perfect ‘starter farm’ is now available for just $325,000!

Entry level horse farm! It’s just about impossible to find a horse farm with a decently sized indoor riding ring in the Lehigh Valley for this price. Large stable which consists of 24 roomy box stalls with rubber mats, wash stall, insulated tack room, feed room, hayloft and 60 x 127 indoor riding ring complete with a heated viewing room. Indoor ring also has a hook-up for sound system. Footing in the indoor ring is rubber/sand mixture. Good use of mainly flat acreage with 8 paddocks and run-in shed with 4 more stalls. The Farmhouse has character and a nice layout. The kitchen has been updated in recent years and has a tile floor, lead glass windows and built-in pantry. Wood floors on the main level. Walk-up attic. Stone room in basement can serve as a wine cellar. 3/4 bathroom in basement – seller says shower works but unsure about toilet. Newer efficient furnace. New water pump installed in 2014. The 3rd bedroom can only be accessed from master bedroom. The water supply is a spring box & is located across road on what we believe to be tiny parcel K2 65 0516 of .04 acres (buyers should verify). This property needs some work (like diverting run-off water after heavy rains) and the price is reflective of this but you can live there while making the improvements.

For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Cindy:, 610-849-1790


Fair Hill Selected as Venue For 2018 Four Star Eventing Competition

Until recently, the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event in Lexington, KY was the only 4* level eventing competition in the United States. But the United States Equestrian Federation announced this summer that Fair Hill International, an eventing venue in Elkton, MD, has been selected to become the site of the second 4* in the U.S.

Eventing enthusiasts in Eastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding area are thrilled that an eventing competition of the highest level will be held right in their own backyard in 2018! For Pennsylvania equestrians, it’s just about as good as having the Olympics just a short hour’s drive away.

Fair Hill was a natural choice for the United States’ second 4*: the venue already holds 2* and 3* competitions each fall, and its key location in the Mid-Atlantic region makes it easily accessible for competitors and spectators alike. Already a favorite destination for many eventing fans, Fair Hill is sure to draw quite a crowd for the 4* in 2018. There are also plans to significantly expand the courses and facilities to accommodate the needs of this top-level competition. We can’t wait to see how Fair Hill’s 4* continues to develop!

95 Acre Equestrian Property in Montgomery County, PA

Phox Phalian Farm is a Hanoverian breeding facility on almost 95 scenic acres which are open & mostly level. This farm has produced international competition horses including a top 20 finisher at CCI**** Rolex, KY. There are 16 stalls in total and 16 more can be easily added under the 96×36 loafing shed attached to the barn. The stable consists of a 70 x 160 indoor ring with a heated viewing room, wash stall, tack room, rest room & office. Stallion paddock. Middle Creek runs through the property and divides the abundance of fenced pastures from a 38 acre hay field. Approximately 2.5 miles of tensile electric fencing top/bottom. There is also a 150×200 foot outdoor ring which is now grass with sand footing underneath. Large building for equipment storage with 8 bays plus other outbuildings. Run-in sheds including large one for the broodmares. All brick colonial with nice layout offers 4 bedrooms all located off the hallway, 2 full bathrooms (1 on main level & 1 on 2nd floor), formal dining room, and a spacious country kitchen. Lovely wood floors and wide window sills compliment this spacious home. Handy laundry room opens to full bathroom. Heat exchanger installed December 2016. The beauty of this farm is the amount of pastureland that can support a large number of horses, cattle or other livestock. Subject to PA Farm & Land Conservancy Restrictions (Preserved land). Current owners who have an enormous amount of experience with breeding & training are willing to stay on the property. Offered for sale at $1,275,000.

Thoroughbreds Will Take The Spotlight at Plantation Field

Cross Country at Burghley

Thoroughbred racehorses can excel in all sorts of second careers after they leave the track, but some would say they are most popular as mounts for the sport of eventing. The speed and bravery of the Thoroughbred make these horses the perfect choice for jumping cross country, and these equine athletes will get a chance to shine at this year’s Plantation Field International 3 Day Event.

This year, Plantation Field is partnering with the Retired Racehorse Project to put Thoroughbred horses in the spotlight and promote them as eventing prospects. Ex-racehorses available for adoption will be showcased during the event, and off-track Thoroughbreds who have made the successful switch to competitive event horses will also strut their stuff for spectators at Plantation. Some of the horses showcased will also be available for purchase at the Thoroughbred Makeover event being held just three weeks afterwards in Lexington, KY.

The event’s organizers hope that it will be a bridge between the Thoroughbred racing and eventing worlds, bringing together fans of two very different sports that both love and appreciate the same wonderful equine athletes. For more information on Plantation Field International and the Retired Racehorse Project, visit:

Cascade Lodge Under New Ownership – The End of an Era

The Cascade Lodge in Kintnersville, PA has been an icon in Bucks County for decades. Established by the Knuth family in 1939, the Lodge has been a retreat for families and celebrities from New York City and Philadelphia as well as a destination for those seeking a fine dining experience with a beautiful view of the countryside. With its bubbling springs, trout ponds, and stunning acreage, the Cascade Lodge is truly a unique establishment.

After close to 7 decades of operation, Sandy, Howard Knuth’s widow, decided to put the Cascade Lodge up for sale with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd. The Lodge was purchased on April 5, 2017 and is now under the ownership of Dan Fehlig. Fehlig is a restaurateur with a background of work experience in Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurants, and the owner of a New York City catering company of his own. We’re excited to see how he applies a modern vision to the Cascade Lodge’s historic grounds, and congratulate him on this exciting purchase!

Spring Is Here, It’s Time To List Your PA Horse Farm!

Springtime is perfect for new beginnings, and if you’ve been thinking about selling your Pennsylvania horse property, now is the time. Especially if you want to sell your farm before winter comes back around, early spring is an excellent time to get it on the market. Buyers who took a break during the colder months are searching again, and nicer weather helps to show your property off at its best.

Sellers will also be encouraged to learn that the median home price has increased significantly over last year’s values! If you’ve been waiting to get your farm on the market, you can benefit from this improvement by listing in 2017. However, properties still need to competitively priced to attract buyers, especially those over $500,000.

And as always when buying or selling horse properties, be sure to work with a real estate professional who is also an equestrian and understands the unique needs of horse people and the best way to showcase and market horse property. The team at Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd. are experts in selling Pennsylvania horse farms, and are passionate equestrians just like you. Contact us today to get started with selling your horse property!

Join Us at Our New Bucks County Office Open House!

Join the team at Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd. as we celebrate the opening of our new satellite office in beautiful Peddler’s Village. We will have light hors d’oeuvres and a raffle with prizes from local businesses. Thank you Bucks County Saddlery, Chicos, Knobs N’Knockers, Left Bank Home, Heaven’s Gate Farm & Paashaus Performance Horses for donating some fantastic gifts! Stop by from 12pm to 4pm each day on March 18 & 19, 2017 at 5872 York Rd in Lahaska to meet the team and join in the festivities. We can’t wait to see you there!