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Everything you need to know about building horse stables

Everything you need to know about building horse stables

As a horse owner, your priority is to provide a secure and comfortable dwelling for your equine companions. Building horse stables is a great solution, but prior to construction, it’s crucial to consider factors that will determine the durability and effectiveness of the structure. Read on for a comprehensive guide to building horse stables, where we cover topics such as design, location, and other important considerations.

The size of your stables

When building horse stables, the size of the structure should be determined by the size, breed, and number of horses intending to call it home. Personal space is crucial for horses, as inadequate space can cause distress. Stalls should be large enough for the horse to lie and comfortably turn around. 

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If you intend to use your stables to house other animals or equipment, ensure this is factored into the design. Consider stall dimensions, as well as the size and layout of the aisle, wash rack, tack room, and any other necessary areas. Consider how the stables will be used on a day-to-day basis, and plan the layout accordingly.

The design of your stables

The design of your stables will impact the overall functionality and effectiveness of the structure. Some questions to ponder include: What kind of building materials will you use to build the structure? How many doors will you have, and how big will they be? How will you ensure adequate lighting and ventilation? Take time to consider the final design prior to construction, and ensure it suits your needs and budget.

When designed and built using high-quality materials like galvanised steel, your stables will offer a high level of durability. When considering prices, the initial cost may be higher, but the longevity it offers will reduce ongoing maintenance costs, making it more cost-effective over the long term.

The location of your stables

The location of your stables is an important consideration, as it will impact the overall accessibility and functionality of the structure. Choose a location that is easily accessible for you and your horses, factoring in drainage, sunlight, wind ratings, proximity to neighbouring buildings, and elevation to keep stable as dry as possible.

Furthermore, you need to allow for an additional cost on top of the build cost, for example earthmoving, council planning approvals, all fit-out works, concrete floor, all plumbing & electrical and any other trades, any other wall and roof cladding systems beyond Colorbond/Zincalume cladding. 

Power, water, and ventilation to your stables

When building horse stables, proper lighting is important for the safety, well-being, and overall happiness of your horses. Research suggests that lighting can impact a horse’s physiology and behaviour, and that stable lighting should replicate natural light as best it can. If possible, consider running power to your stables and installing energy-efficient lighting. Ensure you include enough light sources to adequately illuminate the stables.

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You will also need to include water and feed stations for your horses, as well as storage for hay and other feed. Make sure to locate these stations in convenient, easily accessible locations. 

Ventilation is also crucial, yet often overlooked. Depending on the location of your stables, consider installing a cooling system to ensure the comfort of your equine companions and reduce the impact of the elements.

Get started with brand-new stables

As a horse owner, building horse stables is an important responsibility to ensure the well-being, comfort, and overall happiness of your horses. By carefully contemplating the size, design, location, and other practical considerations, you can build an incredible structure to meet your horse’s needs and enhance its quality of life.

Looking to build high-quality horse stables? With over 40 years in the industry, we have built a reputation for designing and building lasting steel structures. Contact our equine experts and get an obligation-free quote today.

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