How to Make a Backyard Horse Boarding Stable
Horse Boarding Stable construction requires considerable time and effort and is not a one man job. The construction might take from a few weeks to months depending on your plan. Ready to install backyard stables are available and can be ordered online. The following article gives you a basic outline of what are the requirements for making your own backyard horse boarding stable.
Step 1 – Evaluating Space, Requirements and Weather Conditions
Building a boarding stable requires certain consideration. So before beginning, evaluate your space, number of horses, weather conditions, ventilation, lighting etc. For a single horse stable the minimum requirement is one stable, a wash area, a hay loft, feeding area and maintenance area where you groom the horse and keep the necessary tools. The size of your boarding stable will also depend on the type of horse you buy.
Step 2 – Getting the Blue Prints Approved
Once you have your basic plan, get the blue prints approved, and make sure they are according your local zoning ordinance.
Step 3 – Undertaking Construction
The main construction material on the inside will be barn wood, whereas the outside will be made of metal. You can purchase individual pieces of assembled units or construct the whole thing. The construction plan will have to be laid out before you begin, you can get professional help for the basic structural outline. The construction time and finish, if you are doing it yourself will depend on your expertise. Two-way stable doors are a good idea if you intend on letting your horse come and go on its own. Add a latch to the outside in case you want to lock it in.
Step 4 – Creating a Septic Tank
If your area doesn’t have proper sewage you will have to install a separate septic tank for your boarding facility. If the land around is highly absorbent than you can think of overlooking this, but it is advisable to be safe and install a septic tank.
Step 5 – Connecting the Water and Electricity Supplies
You will need to install a water supply from the main house. For more intricate designs construct a water chamber in the stall which directly fills water into the chamber. Electricity requirement will have to be met (forced ventilation system, lighting and electric fencing). Ventilation is crucial regardless of the climatic condition.
Step 6 – Creating a Riding Ring and Paddock
Horses need regular exercise if you have enough space, make the paddock or the riding ring adjacent to the stables, this way you won’t have to lock up your horses, you can train them to come and go as they please. To prevent them from running away the latest widely approved method is electrical fencing. Install it so that the height is enough to prevent the horses from running away.
Step 7 – Tips and Advice
Each horse is unique, whether you are making a small or large boarding area, make sure that you re-evaluate the plans to be sure of the designs. The construction itself will require a lot of wood work; you can always purchase a ready-made barn and have it installed. Getting professional help with the construction is a good idea. There are plenty of books and materials available on the subject matter, consult those to get the best living quarters for your horse.