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Planning Horse Facilities

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Horse HousingWell designed, functional horse facilities, are safe, sanitary, and convenient.  They provide the means to feed and water horses and as well areas for horses to rest, exercise, and take shelter.  Facilities should be durable and designed knowing that horses are large, strong, and sometimes unpredictable animals.

     Everyday activities should flow with efficiency.  Buildings should be placed so as to save labor and time.  Water must be located within easy access to the places it is needed.  Horses should be able to get protection from sun, wind, wet, cold, and insects.

     Without sacrificing quality, consider new alternative materials and products.  When planning, be generous with the finished dimensions of buildings and access lanes.  A workable layout often takes more space in reality than it looks like it will "on paper".  In a similar manner, plan for more storage space (hay, bedding, equipment) than you think you will need.  Also, keep some degree of adaptability in mind as you plan, leaving room for expansion on to your buildings.


     Horse facilities consist of a combination of some or all of the following components.



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* Barn(s) with stalls
* Runs, pens, paddocks, pastures
* Storage for feed, bedding, machinery, tack, and other equipment
* Training areas: round pen, arena, track, walker, treadmill, pool
* Work areas: grooming area, wash rack, shoeing and veterinary area, breeding shed, laboratory, office, tack room
* Driveways, walkways, parking areas
* Shelter belts, wind breaks, wildlife areas
* Water and other utilities
* A House for the Horse's Caretakers

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Horsekeeping On A Small Acreage    When locating your major buildings, plan for maximum sun in the winter and maximum shade and breeze in the summer.  Check with the local weather authority to find out what the prevailing winds are during the various seasons.  Go to the site itself during each season, especially in winter, to determine which way the buildings should face.  In the United States, prevailing winds usually come from the north or northwest, so most farm buildings face the south or southeast.

     Other buildings, trees, rocks, and slopes can have an effect on your proposed building site.  They can obstruct the light, change the flow of air, causing draft or vacuums, and contribute excess run-off to the new building site.

     Locate your buildings on dry ground, preferably high ground with a berm built up around the walls if necessary.  Try to find as flat an area as possible so that you will have to pay less for excavation or fill dirt.  Ideally there should be a two to six percent slope away from the building in all directions for surface drainage.  The building floor should be eight to twelve inches above the outside ground level.  If the building is located on a slope, a diversion ditch can be dug around the back side.

     Ensure that there will be good subsurface drainage, especially for stall areas and runs, by having the subsoil evaluated.  If necessary, have the site excavated.  Refill the hole with large rocks, small rocks, road base or limestone and then let the site settle for several months before beginning construction.

     Be sure that all key buildings have all-weather access for the delivery of building materials and eventually for hay, grain, bedding, etc.  Plan for ample space to turn large trucks and/or trailers around.  Assure that routine chores are possible without a great hardship during all seasons.

     Locate key buildings close enough to the house for security and convenience yet far enough down wind so that flies and odor do not invade the residence.  Formulate your fire plan as you plan your facilities.

     Make the appearance as nice as possible without sacrificing the functional aspects of your layout.  Remember, plan for safety, sanitation, and convenience.

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