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The How-to’s for Making Older Stables Safe for Horses

We see horse properties on a daily basis. Not all of them are up to snuff when it comes to actually housing horses. Though most of these properties are beautiful and high-end, some have been vacant for a while, or at least the horse barns have been vacant. Some others just haven’t been properly maintained, especially if they’re foreclosures. Making older stables safe for horses is critical.

This can be a major concern for new homebuyers who want to move their horses in immediately, but don’t want to move them into an unsafe enclosure. Here’s a quick checklist to the most important things to consider before moving your horses into their new, old stable:

1.    Check every surface for sharp objects, loose boards and nails, etc.

We’ve seen all kinds of things in older stables or horse barns that simply are not safe for our beloved equine companions! Horse can injure themselves very easily, so carefully check every stall, fence, gate, and anything that your horse could scratch themselves on or snag their halters or tails. Be sure to check for nails that have fallen out of inside boards or fence boards outside. Nails do not belong anywhere near horses feet!

2.    Check the roof for leaks and damage

You should get your roof thoroughly inspected. Most people don’t know this, but a leaky roof can compromise the frame and the foundation of your building! It’s not just a cosmetic feature; it’s actually a very important part of a safe horse barn.

3.    Re-do the electrical

Older barns need a total electrical renovation. Some of them have bad wiring that’s an accident waiting to happen. Plus, when you get everything re-wired, you can get light switches and outlets exactly where you want them, and you won’t have to worry about safety.

4.    Install bars on windows

Too many old barns have glass windows that don’t have proper barriers. That’s just an accident that could have been prevented. Make sure your barn windows are properly protected with grills or bars to keep your horses from trying to stick their heads through the glass.

5.    Get non-slip floors

Lots of older stables have concrete floors that aren’t very slip-proof. If a new, safer floor is not in the cards, rubber mats are a good alternative. Install them in the walkways and stalls to keep both you and your horse safe and comfortable.

6.    LASTLY—consider cosmetic changes

Though cosmetic changes are usually the first thing peoples’ minds jump to when talking about renovating an old stable, it is NOT the most important thing! Keep your horses’ safety in mind first before you invest in the fun stuff.


The How To’s on Making Older Stables Safe for Horses

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