10 Top Tips – American Barns

An American Barn can provide a tremendously versatile stabling solution.  With everything under the one roof, the structure is ideal for creating a relaxed and sociable environ0069 GHE Building offer in Equine magazine August 17ment for your horse, whilst also simplifying your stable management processes.  With so many considerations when planning your new barn, an exciting project can quickly become somewhat daunting.  Here are our ten top tips to help with your planning:

  1. Plan ahead! People who have one horse have a very special ability to acquire several more four legged friends!  Plan for the potential growth of your team by including extra stables.      
  1. Create a dedicated tack room – A secure, organised space for storing your precious kit will make it easier to locate your equipment and keep it in first-rate condition.
  1. Consider installing a wash stall – A clean horse is a healthy horse!  Good footing, drainage and a water source are vital.  This inexpensive facility will be very welcome during the long, dark winter days!
  1. When it comes to stables – size matters! Horses and ponies vary greatly in stature and therefore the size of the stable required will depend upon the individual animal.  At the very least, a stable should provide sufficient room to easily lay down, rise and turn. 
  1. Evaluate the benefits of installing a sliding door on the gable end of your building. Not only will this save space and offer greater ease of access, but it will also make less noise than an electric door and will reduce the chance of spooking your horse.
  1. Let there be natural light! Horses, by their nature, are outdoor creatures and whilst many prefer the comfort of a barn, their physiologically health requires fresh air and natural light.  Dutch doors or windows provide an ideal solution.
  1. Include an area for food and water storage. Ease of access is essential if you want to avoid hauling heavy buckets of horse feed across your yard.
  1. Adequate ventilation is a critical factor when it comes to maintaining the health of your horse. High quality air is essential for minimising respiratory concerns and improving welfare.
  1. Consider installing rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on your new barn. The electricity generated is used onsite and can also provide an additional source of income.
  1. Work with a trusted manufacturer. Find an experienced builder that you can trust and take the opportunity to visit other projects that they have completed to see their workmanship in practice.

Graham Heath Equestrian Structures have over 30 years of industry experience and are passionate about creating an excellent environment for both horse and owner.  They are currently running a special offer on a 60 x 40 x 10ft equestrian building for £19,310 (inclusive of steelwork, fibre cement roof, roof lights, dark stained timber castle boarding and 6 x 14ft stables).  For further information about Graham Heath Equestrian Structures, please call: 01270 781158.