Stables - Setting Up Your Yard


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Plan out the layout of your yard so that your stables function well. Plan out the layout of your yard so that your stables function well.
Well thought-out stables can make the daily tasks of horse care easy and quick. But if you don’t put the proper planning into how you lay out your horse stables, you may run into some difficulties down the line. There are a number of things to consider when planning your yard’s layout – here is a small list to get you started.

Horse Stable Location Before you plan anything else, decide on the best location on the property to locate your horse stables. The location should be higher than most of the surrounding area to avoid the issue of rain runoff and mud gathering around the stables. The stables should also be located in an area which is easily accessible for deliveries and traffic.

In deciding where to locate the horse stables, also keep safety in mind. Locating a stable next to a busy road is not a good idea, both for the horses’ safety and for the fact that it makes theft easier. Try to locate the horse stables so that they are towards the middle or back of the property, and that anyone driving onto the property can be easily seen before they arrive at the stables.

Store feed away from your horse stables for safety. Store feed away from your horse stables for safety.
Stable Access Roads

Once you have decided on where to locate the horse stables, plan out access roads. It is best to have a network of access roads, especially if your stables will be busy; multiple roads means that multiple trucks can access the area at the same time without creating roadblocks.

Make your access roads wide to accommodate the larger vehicles that will have to use them, such as large trucks when you get a delivery of hay. Remember that your access roads will need to be maintained in all seasons, so try to avoid geographical challenges like sharp turns or steep hills.

Feed Storage

If at all possible, locate your feed storage in a building separate from your stables. Feed, especially hay, is highly flammable; storing hay in a hay loft can create a tragedy if the hay has been improperly cured or if it is paired with an issue in the stable’s electrical wiring. Additionally, horse feed attracts rodents and creates extra dust, neither of which you want in your horse stables.

Plan for a separate feed storage building at least 75 feet away from your horse stables. Decide how much space you will need to store hay, and plan your building accordingly. You might also invest in a small wagon to pull hay and feed back and forth to the stables.

Well-planned stables result in a pleasant atmosphere for both humans and horses. Well-planned stables result in a pleasant atmosphere for both humans and horses.
Manure Management

The location of your manure pile is very important; if it is too close to your stables, you will attract flies and unnecessary odor. Locate your manure pile in a place where it is easily accessible with a wheelbarrow and tractor, but make sure that it is at least a few hundred feet away from your horse stables.

With a bit of planning, you can lay out your yard so that your daily chores are easy and efficient. Good planning makes for good stables, and you will be rewarded with a pleasant, well-functioning, attractive yard.

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