Horse Stable Design Tips for Equestrian Property Owners
If you’re someone who owns horses and you have enough property to build some stables for them, you might be curious about the types of designs that will be attractive on your land and more importantly, suitable for your horses.
That’s actually what this article is all about. So, before you look into hiring a contractor to start building a stable for you, we wanted to take out a moment and offer you a few suggestions on what you should consider when building a stable below:
Consider the size of the stall. The first thing that you need to think about is the size of the stall that you want to build. Being that the average size of a riding horse is between 56-64 inches, your stall needs to be no less than 12 feet by 12 feet. Also, if you’re looking to provide enough space for a mare and a foal, what you might want to do is build a double stall. That will provide them with enough room to comfortably move about. Also, with a double stall, you will be able to get safely get in and out of it.
Consider if you want a tie stall. If you’re thinking about adding a tie stall, remember that it needs to be large enough for your horse to be able to lie down inside of it. In most cases, this would be a stall that is 8 feet long and 5 feet wide. The other two things that should be added to this type of design is a hay manager and also a tie beam; one that is strong enough to tie a horse to without the concern that the horse will break it.
Consider the style of doors that you wish to add. When it comes to the kinds of doors that you can add, typically you have two different options: one that swings and one that slides. If you opt to use a door that swings, just make sure that you ask the contractor to build it in such a way that it will swing outwards towards the alley. However, no matter what kind of door you add, it needs to be no less than 4-6 feet wide.
Consider the type of flooring that you want to use. Although you can basically add any kind of flooring that you wish, our recommendation is that you use a concrete floor for your stable. The reason why is because they are the easiest to maintain. Plus, when you’re in the process of cleaning them, they can be easily disinfected too. Once your floor is completed, it’s also a wise choice to pick up some Treadall Horse Stall Mats. They will help to provide your horse with some additional support.
Consider the best kind of lighting. There is one other important part of your horse stable design: the lighting. That said, your stable needs to be designed in such a way that you can easily take advantage of both natural light as well as overhead light. Just make sure that whatever light you choose, it is not close enough for the horses to be affected by it. Also, if you happen to live in a cooler climate that you put in incandescent bulbs. They tend to work better than fluorescent ones do. For more information on lighting options for stables, visit Farm Tek and put “stable lighting” in the search field.