A smorgasbord of design plans exist for constructing a horse stable. Practical features will boost human productivity when working in the stable and provide a healthy environment for horses. The following ten considerations are foundation stones when constructing a quality horse stable.
- Aisle: Ample stable aisle space is required for safe passage of people and horses. A 12-foot wide stable aisle is highly recommended.
- Budget: A baseline budget should be determined. Tracking the project budget at each stage of construction is important to stay within the budget guidelines.
- Contingency: Construction problems may arise and contingency plans may be necessary. Construction projects may be very stressful. Flexibility in schedule and design lessens the stress involved in constructing a horse stable.
- Construction Loan: Some construction loans allow builder progress payments at certain intervals. The progress payments assure funds are available for supplies and the work crew is paid timely.
- Flooring: Large gravel will provide adequate drainage for flooring. Mats in stalls reduce mucking time and provide stability for concrete. Rubber aisle pavers are durable interlocking rubber bricks. This innovative recycled product offers stability and style.
- Grooming: A stall allotted for grooming with recessed areas for supplies may be considered extravagant by some, but is a welcome convenience for groomers and veterinarian check-ups. Allow adequate room for human and horse safety.
- Roof: The roof may be utilized to take advantage of the sun’s heat during the cold winter months. Roof overhangs provide a shade during the hot summer months.
- Site Considerations: Cost effective solutions may be found in site considerations during the preliminary stages of stable design. Soil samples should be examined. Low lying areas should be avoided. Placement of the stable on the land should be carefully contemplated.
- Storage: Locating storage areas towards the center of the stable is convenient for feeding and access to horse stalls. An outside entrance to the storage area for restocking purposes, as well as an inside door for feeding should be considered.
- Ventilation: Proper ventilation is an essential element to maintain healthy horses. A stable circulation fan will assure the horses stay cool and comfortable during the warm summer months. A well ventilated stable is imperative to control respiratory ailments for horses.
Photo is courtesy of The Nicest Stable Ever as uploaded by Nathan Siemens at Flickr’s Creative Commons.