Our equestrian clients are delighted with their steel equestrian designs – our positive client feedback reinforces our philosophy of providing secure, safe stabling which keeps your horse in tip top condition. Ensuring that designs are fit for purpose are top of the list and our design architects understand the importance of passage and door widths with sufficient roof height to suit equestrian needs. Narrow passages, causing chance of injury is upsetting and can be avoided by ensuring the initial designs are produced by experienced professionals. Our range of equestrian clients covers a broad spectrum – from prestigious equestrian racehorse stables to precious family ponies – attention to quality, safe designs remains constant, whatever the building budget may be. The colour range of steel coated materials also ensures stylish, weatherproof buildings you can be proud of.
As an equestrian or livestock owner you will know the importance of including additional space within the build design for tack, feed, rugs, trailers etc. Having a logical, well thought out design can make life so much easier and leaves you more time to enjoy your horses with less hassle in cramped quarters due to poor layout and design.
Our concrete bases are ideal for our equestrian clients and the flexibility that can be built into the interior designs helps with changing requirements – such as suitability for mares and foals.
Loose boxes by definition are large, light and airy and allow the horse plenty of freedom of movement. We can include skylight panels as part of the design. We can also include basic accessories, stable doors, ventilated panels, barn doors, vehicle bays and additional hay storage area to ensure the buildings fit your current and future requirements.
General steel building stabling design tips.
We can advise on design options that adapt to your changing equestrian needs. For example roomy accommodations for mares and foals can be provided when required by removing the partitions from between two regular stalls. Even if you don’t plan to have a foal, it is handy to design at least one stall with this flexibility in mind.
Standing stall areas need to be wide enough for a horse to lie down in comfortably. Depending on the size of the horse they should be at least 4ft to 5ft (1.5m) wide and 8ft (2.4m) long. Your horse should always be able to turn around comfortably, lie down or roll without becoming cast. Becoming cast means that your horse is jammed up against the wall and is unable to get himself back on his feet without help.
There are usually hay mangers at the front of a standing stall, so consider this when deciding on the loosebox dimensions. The breed types and horse and pony size vary widely – the recommended loose box size varies from 10’X10’ (3mX3m) to 12′X12′ (3.6mX3.6m) for an average size riding horse. These are minimum recommendations so if you are likely to want to stable a broad range of horses include at least some larger looseboxes.
BHS Recommend that there is a minimum height clearance above the horses head to prevent risk of head injury should they rear or spook.(enough for a horse or pony to stand up with at least 0.9m (3′) clearance above it’s head.)
We have design experts that have experience of equestrian builds, who are will to take the time to design the build to your requirements, giving advice as required.