Tips for Building the Ideal Horse Stable
When building a stall for your horse, you need to take several factors into consideration. First, you need to be sure there is enough room in the stall for your horse to lie down comfortably. This means the stall should measure at least 4 to 5 feet wide, 8 feet long and 8 feet tall. Be sure to also consider the width of the manger that will be installed in the stall when determining the overall size of the space.
In terms of flooring, concrete is the most common option because it is easy to hose down and disinfect. If you have sandy soil, however, you may not choose to lay down a solid floor. This type of flooring is easier on the horse’s legs, but can be more difficult to clean and may require periodically digging out and replacing dirt as it becomes too saturated with urine and water.
Windows should also be incorporated into your design, as they allow for both ventilation and lighting in the barn. Windows should be covered with a grill or mesh so your horses cannot break the glass. In addition, windows that swing open are generally better than sliders, as sliders can get filled with dirt and may start to stick.
With these basics in mind, you will be well on your way toward designing the ideal stable for your horse!