One of the many reasons people love the UK is the fact that we have distinct seasons – but it’s also well known that the autumn and winter months can present certain challenges for various businesses and in particular for the equestrian industry.
There are many different approaches to a winter turnout policy and these are obviously weather-dependent in most cases. This often means that frosty weather is easier to deal with than wet and muddy conditions with the number of horses involved and the size of stabling facilities also important factors that determine what plans are needed. Good rugs and feed are essential at this time of year.
Essentially, this means that from October through to the following May different working practices and conditions will be needed at equestrian buildings and venues. These will be completely different to the practices and conditions employed during the spring and summer.
Planning and construction both play a major role in deciding how well any equestrian business adapts throughout the year and what level of service it can offer to customers.
High quality, efficient and flexible work areas
Using high quality buildings and work area flooring with good drainage is essential when animal welfare is concerned. Graham Heath Equestrian is expert in maximising the efficiency of the training and hosing areas. We will offer a bespoke solution that will provide the ultimate flexibility for the space that you have.
Indoor arenas have the added benefit of allowing you to turnout your horse should the ground outside be too muddy or the weather too bad. GHE is experienced in the creation of all-weather circular gallop facilities.
Dusty and dark indoor stables are not suited for long periods of inactivity and can lead horses to become too excitable without the benefit of a proper winter turnout.
Making sure that horse stables and other facilities are fully maintained means far more than regular mucking out sessions. Air circulation, temperature, humidity control and correct lighting levels are all essential for the wellbeing of horses as well as for people.
Modern construction methods allow for ease of maintenance and easy installation of all the necessary equipment and systems that a top quality equestrian business needs to be successful.