Picture it – 20 stalls, 10 on either side of a breezeway that is as wide as the 12″(3.6m) x 12″ boxes. Rug racks on each door that double as somewhere to hang a head collar and lead rope. A hay rack, built in or removable feeder, automatic waterer or perhaps you prefer a bucket that can be topped up daily. Concrete flooring or tiles that heat up or maybe a rubber matting.
An architect can design all of these things, providing you with your dream stable on paper and quite possibly the contacts that can turn that design into a reality. So why not a wash bay with hot and cold water, a tack room and feed room attached?
Now, will you have solid walls or perhaps the top half as mesh so the horses can see each other?
A property I worked at had a round yard attached and access to an eight horse walker from inside the stable block. In Ireland where I worked each stall opened out to a yard, the stalls forming the perimeter of the yard. The block would be in a horse shoe shape or circle, keeping things enclosed but allowing each occupant to see outside.
Others have been different again – some lucky stallions have their own stall/stable as is the likes at many Thoroughbred studs around the world.
Stables can be costly but when it comes to a place where our equines can be spending a lot of the day, a design that works for us (and them) is important. It needs to be safe, effective and efficient. Someone who’s been around horses and designed and viewed many different complexes would be worth using to design your dream stables.
And if this specifically interests you, perhaps it’s worth investigating a possible career in this area.
http://www.saltirestables.co.uk/ – Stable design in Scotland.
http://www.winnerscirclestables.com.au/ – Stable design and construction in Australia.
http://www.equiworld.net/stabling/stabledesign.htm – Important things to consider for your own stable design or even when looking for a stable to keep your horse in.
â€œIf horses were wishes, Weâ€™d all own stables!â€