Horses were first used in ancient times for fast movement. One can only imagine the existence of horse stable. Generally, horse stable is a building with compartments used for easy horse management as well as sheltering horses against weather conditions. Over time, it has since been designed in styles and luxury to meet horse owners’ taste. Above all, the essence is to give horses the utmost care and comfort they deserve.
A horse stable basically have wide aisle, large windows and open-sided doors entrance for easy ventilation and movement. Wood, steel, metal rails and bricks are used majorly for horse stable construction. However, it is important to take into consideration the health and safety of horses when making a choice of stable design. Though steel is durable, it usually corrode when exposed to adverse weather condition except treated. Apart from this, steels are easily dented by horse kicks and when exposed it could cause laceration to horses.
An alternative is wood, unlike steel, its natural properties provides insulation against harsh weather condition. Also, finely detailed patterns on wood surface makes it an aesthetic value in stables. Wood is commonly used because it provides comfort and safety. However, good things to consider for a wood selection are durability, level of resistance to insects and most importantly, horse chewing. Horses cannot resist chewing woods especially softwood.
Wood species used for horse stall have different quality level. Bamboo is a fast growing plant known for its hardness. Nevertheless, it is susceptible to fungi, termite and fire due to its high sugar content. Bamboo has a durability of less than three years unless chemically treated. Moreover, chemically treated wood can be toxic to horse especially when ingested.
Pine is the commonest softwood used in horse stable. Apart from its natural beauty which gives an interior theme, it is mostly damaged from horse chewing.
Another type of wood is oak wood. Although it may not be as beautiful as pine, this type of hardwood is used for its heaviness and high wear resistance. However, it is quite expensive to purchase because it takes a long time to grow.
Eucalyptus cloeziana is a hardwood known for its longevity and strength. It is highly resistance to termites and other biological damages. Therefore, it does not necessarily need to be pressure treated. What makes this yellow- brown hardwood appealing is its durability and workability.
In the end, before deciding on a horse stable, the well-being of horses should come first!