Horse Stable and Riding Arena Design
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Whether you are a veterinarian consulting on how to maintain the integrity of the grain and water in the horse'e newly-built stall; or the agricultural engineer who has been asked to design a new state-of-the-art equine shelter; or an animal scientist or horse owner who simply wants the latest, safest, and most up-to-date information on manure management - this book will fulfill your needs!
This handy, user-friendly guide answers some of the toughest questions about equine shelters. Covering everything from preferred building materials such as lighting to flooring in the horse's primary shelter to design and management of a riding arena, this practical reference will guide the reader every step of the way.
This practical reference is filled with clear, user-friendly design illustrations and information on ventilation, manure management, fence planning, fire safety, feed storage, bedding requirements, dust control systems, and a myriad of detailed information designed for the comfort, safety, and health of your horse in areas where cold weather is a factor.
tractors can pull a cart loaded with the daily or weekly hay and bedding supply. In locations of regular rainfall, keep a tarp handy that can be secured over the transported hay and bedding for rain protection if the material is not going to be used right away and risks molding during shortterm storage. Provide a covered area where the transport cart can be loaded at the long-term storage and at the stable or pasture shelter to keep the materials and workers out of the rain, snow, or hot
their needs. A seasonal stockpile of horse manure may be handled by others who have suitable machinery and cropland. Because manure can be a site of fly breeding, nutrient runoff, and odor generation, its management is critical to good neighbor relations and environment health. Be sure to plan manure management as one of the first and important steps in the site plan. Have a backup plan. When the local manure hauler goes out of business or his equipment is unavailable for six months, have a
of the horse has dramatically changed, but not our horse housing. Most horses are kept in suburban settings for recreation use rather than for any type of “work.” This is fine, but perhaps our thinking about horse stabling needs to change to match the change in how we use horses. Modern horses are often inactive most of the day and confined to a stall where they originally were only expected to rest and sleep for work the next day. Throughout this book there are several references made to horse
reflector, and ambient temperature. A small stable may only require one type of light such as an incandescent bulb in a dust- and moisture-proof fixture. In a large complex, a design using the light appropriate for each specific area will provide a better and more economical lighting system. Lighting applications range from stall lights and arena lights that are typically used in cold environ- ments to tack room and office lighting where higher illumination levels are desirable and the
sources can be chosen to provide a CRI of 80 with the exception of low-pressure 148 Horse Stable and Riding Arena Design Figure 11.14. Conversion of this stable from open shed row design to an enclosed work aisle included provision for plenty of light for bright working conditions. Solar gain through roof plexiglass panels is welcome during cool weather but would be a liability on hot days. sodium lamps that have a yellow glow and are only suitable for outdoor general lighting applications.