Horses don’t really care if their stall looks like the Ritz or a Motel 8 – in fact, they don’t even care if it looks like a horse stable. All you have to do is make sure that the horse has plenty of room and is comfortable. That is the main priority when it comes to designing a horse stall. If you don’t put together a stall correctly, your horses simply won’t be comfortable. If you have multiple horses, this is even more important. So, whether you ride horses or show horses professionally, you want to make sure that your horses have a superior living standard. Here are some horse stall design tips for equestrian homeowners.
- Make sure there are large windows. You don’t want your stable to be like a horse penitentiary – there should be windows that you can open and that the horse can look out of. Fresh air and light is critical for the sake of a horse’s wellbeing. According to some standards, there should be at least four and half square feet of window space – with the ability to slide or swing the window open.
- Make sure that there is plenty of ventilation. Ventilation is critical for a number of reasons. For one, you want the horses to be healthy and unventilated air can be a breeding ground for pathogens. This is especially true if you have multiple horses. If you don’t have enough air flowing through the barn, a virus or pathogen could spread to all the horses at once. Also, ventilation will cut down odors, reduce mold and prevent a number of other problems. So, when you are putting together the design of your horse stall, make sure that you take ventilation into consideration.
- Make sure that all doors and panels have chicken wire or mesh – to improve airflow and to make cleaning easier. When you are building doors, dividers and other elements in the actual stables, you want to make sure that the walls are mesh or wire, because you want the horse to get plenty of fresh air. If the doors are solid, it will slow down the ventilation process, which could be detrimental to the horses. Plus, having mesh allows shavings to fall out of the stable, which can be reused.
- Make sure that each horse has a pad at the bottom of the stable. Stable floors tend to get cold, messy and tough to walk on. Plus, a horse’s knees are quite unstable and can become worn out as a result of standing on ground that is too firm. So, you may want to think about using padded floor panels from Treadall Equine Flooring, which will make sure your horses are comfortable standing or lying down.
- Make sure that there is more than enough light. This is important for a number of reasons, but mainly so that you can see your way around when you are cleaning out the stables and working on the horses. In the end, if there isn’t proper lighting, you are risking your life and your horses’ lives – so make sure that you equip your stable with proper illumination.