The idea: These sub- compact, four-wheel- drive, diesel tractors—the BX1880, BX2380, BX2680 (shown), and BX23S—are perfect for small farms and horse facilities for all the jobs that are too big for a wheelbarrow, farm cart, or four-wheeler. How it works: Attachments and implements for any job—including mid- mount mower decks for clipping pastures, operator-friendly front loaders, front- and rear- mounted snow- blowers, and a full line of Land Pride implements—afford user-friendly versatility. The new BX23S comes standard with the LA340 Swift-Tach Loader and new BT603 Swift- Connect Backhoe. This makes attaching the loader or backhoe implements quick and easy. Learn more: Starting at $11,789; learn more at kubota.com.
The idea: New for 2017, the Toro Workman GTX is a utility vehicle for horse farms that boasts a combination of comfort, utility, and control, making it user-friendly. How it works: “The increased power, improved steering, and exclusive suspension and braking systems make the Workman GTX the most versatile, practical, and comfortable utility vehicle in its class,” says Steve Anderson, founder of Equine Equipment ( learn more about Equine Equipment on page 48). Available in gas or electric models, the Workman GTX features hundreds of configuration options, including front and rear attachments, a flat bed, and a four- seat option. Use it for hauling hay, cleaning stalls, doing farm repairs, or construction. Learn more: Visit toro.com.
The idea: ElectroBraid is a permanent electric fence designed especially for horses. It’s both a physical barrier and a psychological deterrent for enclosing pastures and paddocks. It’s highly visible to horses, strong, durable, and resilient. How it works: This fencing material looks like high- quality braided yachting rope. A double helix of copper wire conductors is braided into the outer jacket of the electric fence rope. Three or four strands of “Braid” of ¼-inch diameter are mounted on insulators on any kind of posts. Horse fence posts can be wood, vinyl, or steel, spaced 30 to 50 feet apart. The Braid comes in white, checkered, or black. The ropes of ElectroBraid are highly visible and can absorb the energy of a panicked horse, typically “bouncing” the horse back into its pasture with no harm to horse or fence. This fencing has a 25-year warranty.
Learn more: $174.99 per 1,000-foot reel of electric rope; visit electrobraid.com.