- Posted on July 2, 2013 8:16 pm
If you are looking to build, purchase or design a new stable for your horse, you may well find yourself at the beginning of a difficult and daunting task. Even if you are simply looking to renovate an existing building or piece of land to accommodate your horses, the process of creating a functional and idyllic living space remains extremely challenging. There are a number of considerations that need to be taken as your strive to create a suitable home for your horse, some of which are absolutely integral if you are to create a desirable and welcoming structure.
Imagining the Ideal Stable Space: The 3 Key Components
With this in mind, what are the 3 key components that are required to imagine, design and create the ideal living space for your horse? Consider the following: –
The Size and Shape of your Stable
According to the industry accredited Canadian Agri-Food Research Council, an individual horses loose box should at least measure between 3m and 3.6m2. This is the minimum recommendation, and this should provide a template when it comes to visualizing the size of your horses living space. If you have the land to build larger stalls then you should strive to do this, as more spacious boxes will allow your horses far greater freedom. If you are cramped for space and are looking to optimise this, it may be wise to remove standard partitions between 2 regular stalls and create a more open plan stable layout.
When it comes to laying stable flooring, the most commonly used material is concrete. A roughened and firm surface is non-slip, and subsequently minimizes the risks of accidental falls and unnecessary injury to your mares or foals. You will need to add bedding and rubber mats to certain areas of the stable structure, however, as this will provide them with a comfortable place to sleep and some respite for their long and slender legs. Another key point to bear in mind when laying concrete is that it does not drain naturally, which means that you must either install drains in the stalls or place your stable over an existing system.
If the size of your stable space and the flooring used are key to ensuring your horses comfort, lighting is equally important if you are to keep your horses safe and mentally stimulated. In terms of artificial light, it is important to remember that standard fluorescent bulbs may not function in the extreme cold, while the lighting that you do incorporate must be protected by safety cages and fitted out of the horses reach. With regards to natural light, you must place your structure in an area that benefits from regular sunshine, as this will guarantee a safe and stimulating environment that has very few dark or shadowed areas.
The Bottom Line
If you are committed to creating a genuinely inviting and functional home for your horse, you will need to consider investing the highest possible quality of temporary stable structures. Purchasing from the Redmire Stable sales will enable you to access affordable, outdoor structures, which help to provide comfort and warmth to your horse on a daily basis.Posted in categories: Vet School Diary