Horse owners are familiar with the dangers of mold and how feeding moldy feed or hay to the horse can have serious repercussions on the health of the horse. However, did you know that wooden barns create ideal conditions for mold and mildew growth? If you want to ensure that your horse doesn’t come in contact with mold, then a metal barn is the best option for you.
Keen’s Buildings are the leading manufacturers of steel and metal storage buildings and structures in Florida. We have been serving horse owners and other clients with superior quality metal barns that are perfect for housing horses and storing their feed and hay.
What is mold?
Mold is a fungus that thrives on organic material and moisture, which allow it to breed and spread. Once a building has been infiltrated with mold, you will notice its presence due to an earthy, and musty odor, which smells like rotting leaves.
Health Impact of mold on horses
Molds and mildews can cause horses to develop detrimental health conditions and diseases. One of such conditions is known as Stachybotrys and is also called toxic black mold. It can adversely affect humans as well, which is why it is imperative that you get a metal barn structure that is free from mold.
How moldy barns can lead to moldy food?
Toxic mold thrives in damp barn walls and can infect horse feed and hay that is stored inside, and since mold spreads it can grow rapidly. Even a small amount of mold in a barn can become a serious problem, since molds and mildews tend to grow quickly.
Preventing mold in your barn and shed
Mold is attracted to the moisture and oils of leather, which is why tack rooms are one of the first places where mold will grow. It is essential to keep the tack room completely dry and clean, and you should wipe and brush any surface that shows signs of mold growth with white vinegar to kill its growth.
Using bleach on barn ceilings, walls, and floors is another method, but the simplest solution of all is to purchase a steel and metal barn from Keen’s Buildings. So, why steel and metal barns? It is because steel is inorganic and metal buildings don’t support the ideal environment that is required for fungus, mold, or mildew growth.
You must also ensure that your barn has proper ventilation, so that any dampness in the barn doesn’t remain inside. Keen’s Buildings have a selection of metal and steel horse barns in Florida, which are great for horse owners and ranchers looking for the ideal housing structure for their horses and their feed.