All About Designing a Stable For Your Horse

Plan Your Horse's Home

 Is this the year to build your horse a new home? Or, are you planning to renovating that old barn that was once used for cattle? A little planning before the building begins will ensure that your horse has a safe and comfortable home, and a stable you'll find easy to maintain and enjoy.  Here are helpful articles with advice and recommendations on every aspect of stable design, from flooring types to the best lighting options. 

  • 01 of 09
    Inside of a stable showing aisle and tack outside of stalls.
    Sand floors in a stable aisle. By Lidingo - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

     When designing a new stable, or perhaps, renovating an older barn, you have lots of decisions to make. Your new, or refurbished stable needs to be roomy, safe and convenient. Horse's should live outdoors as much as possible, but when kept indoors they need a healthy environment too.Here is a look at the basics of designing a stable for your horse. 

  • 02 of 09
    Close-Up Of Horse Neighing At Stable
    Windows let in light and help with ventilation. Hugh Johnston / EyeEm / Getty Images

    Let the sun shine in! Windows add a source of natural light and ventilation. There are a lot of different types of windows out there, not all suitable for stables. Here's a look at how to choose windows that will be safe and easy to use in your stable. 

  • 03 of 09

    Flooring Options

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    Concrete stable floor. / Getty Images

     If your horse will be spending a lot of time indoors, its legs and hooves will be affected by the type of flooring it stands on. What's the best stable flooring for you and your horse? You'll want flooring that is easy to clean and maintain, and your horse will want flooring that is comfortable and safe. Here's a look at options for stable flooring. 

  • 04 of 09
    Two Horse Looking Out Over Wooden Stable Doors
    Doors need to safe and sturdy. Charlotte Carlin / EyeEm / Getty Images

     Ease of use, safety and eye-appeal are some of the things you'll need to think about when choosing stall doors. There are a surprising number of options depending on your needs, wants and of course, budget. 

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  • 05 of 09
    A man leads a horse out of stables.
    Roomy stalls are important for your horse's health. Image Credit:Michael Hanson/Aurora /Getty Images

     One of the first questions many people have about designing stables is how large the stalls should be. There are recommended standards for both standing stalls and loose boxes. Many people like to exceed the standard recommendations and build stalls that are a bit roomier. The choice is yours. Your horse will appreciate a stall that is as large as it can possibly be. 

  • 06 of 09


    Ventilation fan in metal barn
    Ventilation is important in stables. Barbara Chase / Getty Images

     Air quality is one of the most important health considerations in your barn, but because you can't see it, it may be one of the most overlooked. Fresh air in your stable is about more than just dispelling bad smells. Here's why ventilation is so important to your horse's health and to the structure itself and how to design your stable to keep fresh air circulating. .

  • 07 of 09
    The Barn
    Good lighting is essential. Photographer Chris Archinet / Getty Images

     With daylight streaming in, it may be hard to imagine how important effective and safe lighting is in your stable once the sun goes down. A dark, shadowy stable is unpleasant, and could be unsafe for both humans and horses. While the job of wiring your lighting should be left to a professional, you can learn about different lighting options and considerations for your horse's home. 

  • 08 of 09
    Keeping things clean and tidy is important for safety, as well as hygiene,. Felbert+Eickenberg / Getty Images

     Barn fires are tragic, especially when horses or humans are lost. There are a few common causes of barn fires and most can be avoided with good planning and stable design.  Learn how you can plan your barn and maintain it to reduce the risk of fire. 

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  • 09 of 09
    Horse In Field In Front Of Shed Against Clear Blue Sky
    A simple run-in shelter. Irwin Mcneely / EyeEm / Getty Images

     Also called loafing sheds, or run-ins, these buildings can provide shelter from the elements, and your horse can choose whether or not they wish to stand in them or not. They are regarded as a more natural alternative than stabling, replacing natural structures such as trees or bluffs that horses would take shelter beneath in the wild. If your budget doesn't allow building a stable, a shelter is a good option and your horse may even be happier and healthier for it. 

Keeping Your Horses Happy, Healthy and Safe Indoors

Good stable design goes a long way towards keeping your horse healthy in body and mind. They are also a pleasure for people who must work in them too.