If you own or want to own horses then you may be thinking about building some horse stalls. We take a look at 4 great tips for doing just that.
Do you love horses? You’re not alone. There are about 2 million horse owners in the US alone.
Are you thinking about diving into the rewarding world of horse ownership? There are a few things you’ll need first.
One of these is a place for your new horses to live. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you plan your new horse stalls. These tips will make things easier for you and help keep your equine friends healthy and happy.
1. Space Considerations
If you love horses, chances are that your herd will grow. Right now you may only be planning to buy a horse. But once you do, you’ll want to get him a friend. And from there the addiction (ahem passion!) only grows.
With that in mind, it’s a good idea to build a barn with a couple more horse stalls than you think you’ll need. You can always use them for extra storage in the meantime.
Unless you’re really short on budget, plan for a spacious interior. This will make things easier on you, and your horses will be more comfortable. Plan for at least 12′ X 12′ horse stalls and a 14′ walkway.
2. Wash Stall
If you live in an area with cold winter temperatures, consider adding a wash stall. While being wet in the winter won’t necessarily harm your horse, they do have delicate systems. It’s better to be safe than sorry if you have the means.
A wash stall is a simple setup with a concrete floor, good drainage, and some sturdy mats. Your hands and your horse will thank you for the opportunity to use warm water for winter time baths.
Plan the location of your horse stalls carefully. Avoid low spots or other areas that can flood easily. Having wet feet is a contributing factor for developing thrush, so it’s best to avoid moisture wherever possible.
Also, consider the sun exposure. A southern sun exposure is nice in most areas to maximize heat from the sun during the winter months. Horses don’t need an enclosed, heated space. But they will appreciate a bit of extra warmth for those frosty mornings.
Take it one step further and consider adding solar panels on the roof. This is a great way to save on energy bills, and you can power your home too!
Last, but not least, consider the air flow. Be sure there is plenty of ventilation. It’s not necessary to button up your barn as you would your house. This is actually bad for your horses. In larger facilities, you may want to consider ceiling fans to aid in air circulation.
4. Windows for Horse Stalls
Windows or Dutch doors are a great idea for horse stalls. You can open those up for extra fresh air and your horse will appreciate the natural light coming into his stall.
They also help keep the inside of your barn from feeling closed in and dark.
Ready, Set, Build!
Once you’ve decided on the perfect specifications for your horse stalls, dive in! Horse ownership is an exciting journey. It’s a lot of work, but as many horse lovers attest, it is worth every moment.
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