Complete Guide to Horse Stalls

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The barn owner's complete guide to horse stalls. Features tips on stall design, trends, dream barns on a budget, and more.

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  • Your Complete Guide to

    Horse Stalls

    Horse stall

    TRENDSstyles & new ideas

    Eco-Friendly Horse StallsSelecting an architect

    Everything you need to know about

    crosshatch meshPowder Coating vs. Galvanizing Hardwood Choices Today Ergonomics in Your Horse Barn Dream Barns on a Budget

    PLUS...

    Design your custom horse stall at

    www.LucasEquine.com

  • CONTENTSDesign SelectinganArchitect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 DreamBarnsonaBudget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 HorseStallStyles,TrendsandNewIdeas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 WhatMakesaEuroStallso . . .EURO? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 WhichHorseStallDesignisRightforMe? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Eco-FriendlyHorseStalls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

    Materials & Finishes TrendsinCoatings:PowderCoating,Galvanizing,WetPaint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Hot-DipGalvanizingvs .Pre-Galvanizing:KnowWhatYoureGetting . . . . . . . . . . 12 HardwoodChoicesToday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    Crosshatch Mesh & Ventilation EverythingYouNeedtoKnowaboutCrosshatchMesh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

    Safety MakingBarnSafetyaPriority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 SafetyFirst:Latches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ErgonomicsinYourHorseBarn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    Performance EasyStepstoImproveHorseStallPerformance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

  • Selecting an Architect

    Therearesomanyquestionstoaskyourselfwhenconsideringanewhorsebarn .And,whetheritsafour-stallbarnor20-stallbarn,anarchitectordesignermaybeabletohelpyougetthelookandfunctionalityyouwant .

    However,selectinganarchitectordesignerforyournewbarncanbeoverwhelming .Intheend,itsatotallypersonaldecision,buttherearesomestandardquestionsyoushouldconsiderbeforeyoudecideonyournextarchitect .

    1. Do I really need an architect or designer?Itdepends!Goodbarnarchitectsanddesignerscanoftensaveclientsmoney .Becausetheprofessionalswhospecializeinhorsebarnsdesignthemtobebuiltasefficientlyaspossible,choosingtherightonecanoftenhelpyougetthelookyouwantwithoutoverspending .Experiencedbarnarchitectsanddesignersalsounderstandhowtodesignabarntogiveyourhorsesasafeandpleasantenvironment .

    2. Who designed some of my favorite barns?Askaround .Seekoutyourfavoritebarns .Askfriendsandothersintheindustry .Youlllikelyhearhonestfeedbackabouteacharchitectordesigner,aswellasthebarnfeaturestheylikeanddislike .Youllgetfirst-handinformationbeforemakingadecision .

    SelectinganArchitect1

  • 3. Can I see your work?Architectsanddesignerswilloftensendyoualetterofinterest,brochures,photosoftheirwork,andfactsheets .Dontbedazzledbytoomuchglitzymarketing .Instead,usetheseitemstohelpdeterminetheprofessionalismandstyleoftheparticulararchitectordesigner .Andmostimportantly,besuretoaskforreferences .

    4. Does this architect or designer understand my needs?Doesthisarchitectordesignerunderstandhorsesandtheequineindustry?Doesheorsheaskyouenoughquestionstogetagoodideaofyourneeds?Willheorshelistentoyourconcerns,anddoyoulikehisorherpersonality?Chemistryiscrucialinselectingyourarchitectordesigner .

    5. How do you charge for a project?Thiscansometimesbeconfusing,butitisimportanttoreallyunderstandthisinformationupfront .Doesthisarchitectordesignerchargebythehourorbythesquarefoot,asapercentageoftheconstructioncostoratafixedfee?

    Architectsanddesignerswhospecializeinhorsebarnscanaddtremendousvaluetoyourproject,but-dependingonyourneeds-mayormaynotbenecessary .Architectsanddesignerscanoftenhelpturnyourideasandstyleintoabeautifulandfunctionalspace .

    AtLucasEquine,weworkcloselywitharchitectsanddesignersallovertheworldtocreatecustomhorsestallsthatfitseamlesslywiththeoverallvision .Werehappytohelpyoufindanarchitectordesignerthatfitsyourstyleorgeographiclocation .Or,youcanvisitourwebsiteatwww.LucasEquine.comtoforalistofequestrianarchitectsanddesignerstohelpyoustartyourproject .

    2DreamBarnsonaBudget

  • Plan B:Dream Barns on a Budget

    Weallhaveadreambarnpicturedinourheads,right?Youknowtheone:beautiful,withallthebellsandwhistles .Therearemanywaystogiveyourbarnorhorsestallsafacelift,withoutahugeinvestmentintimeormoney .Ifyouredreamingofamakeoverforyourbarn,checkoutsomeoftheeasyopportunitieslistedbelow .

    Brass or stainless steel nameplates .Polishedandlacqueredsolidbrassorstainlesssteelnameplatescanbeinstalledinjustafewminutesandtrulypersonalizeyourstallfront .Usethesenameplatestobringinthewarmbrasstonesinyourbarnortheprofessionallookofstainlesssteel .

    High quality door pulls .Upgradingyourdoorpullscanmakeasignificantdifferenceinthelookofyourbarn .Doorpullsareasimportanttoyourbarnasshoesaretoyouroutfit .Lookfordoorpullswithconcealedmountingforaseamlessstyle .Selectafinishsuchassolidbrass,oil-rubbedbronzeorstainlesssteelthatmatchesthestyleofyourdreambarn .

    Custom arches or finials .Customadd-onssuchasarchesoverstalldoorsorbrassballfinialscanbedesignedtoattachtoyourcurrentequipment .However,ifyoureworkingwithpre-existingequipment,makesureyouconsultastalldesignexpertwithexperiencecreatingcustomadd-ons .Otherwise,youcanendupwithill-fittingelementsthatlackaseamlesslook .

    DreamBarnsonaBudget3

  • Stylestrends

    andnewideasforhorsestalls

    Theequineindustryismuchlikethefashionindustry,right?Okay,thereareaFEWdifferences,butmanysimilarities,too .Forinstance,horsepeoplelovetohavethelateststylesinthebarn,willneverpassupahotaccessory,andspendlotsoftimewalkingtherunway . . .um,Imeanaisleway .

    Todayweresharingsomeofthelatesttrends,stylesandnewideasthatwereseeing(andbuilding)ontheequinerunwayinbarnsthroughouttheworld .

    1. All-mesh is all-right.

    Weallknowthatwellventilatedstallsarepracticalbothfortheirhealthbenefitsandtheirversatilitywithfoals,largebreeds,minis,traininghorses,andothers .But,nowmorethanever,smartconsumersareselectingall-crosshatchmeshstallsthataredurableenoughtowithstandyearsofabuseANDaccentuatingthemwithstylishfeatureslikeextra-widecenterrails,insetbeddingguardsandbeautifulwoodaccents .

    Belowarephotosofstallswithcrosshatchmeshfronts .Thesecustomershavechosenaccentsthatcomplimenttheaestheticoftheirstallsandaddstyletothisveryfunctionalstalldesign .

    4Styles,TrendsandNewIdeasforHorseStalls

  • 2. Built-in features for safety and time-savings.

    Featuressuchasbuilt-inelectric,built-inwater,swivelfeedersandfeeddoorsareextremelypopularinalltypesofbarns,notonlybecausetheysavetimewhenitcomestohandlingbarnchores,butalsofortheextrasafetytheycanprovide .

    Incorporatingthesebuilt-infeaturesintothedesignofthestallcanhelpkeepsomeeverydayhazardsfarfromthereachofmischievousanimals .ThedesignexpertsatLucasEquinecanhelpintegratethesefeaturesandothersintothedesignofyourstalls .Seeafewofourmostpopularfeaturesbelow .

    Swivel feeders makefeedingtimequickerandeasier . . .anddecidedlylessmessy .

    Built-in electric systemskeepwiresinaccessiblebyhorsesandhideunsightlyconduit .

    Built-in water systemsareaccessiblefromhandlesontheoutsideofthestall .Waterpoursintobucketsonthestallinterior .

    3. Being smart about upgrades.

    Intodayseconomy,everyoneisshoppingalittlemoreintelligently .Stalldesignisnodifferent .However,itisimportanttomakesureyougetthemoststyleanddurabilityforyourmoney .Thatswhywereincreasinglyansweringcustomersrequeststogetthelookofahigh-end-stylestallwithoutblowingthebudget . . .andwithoutsacrificingquality .

    Thisiswherecustomdesigncanreallymakethedifferenceingettingthemostforyourmoney .Ourdesignersarehelpingowners,buildersandarchitectsstreamlinetheirstallsandotherequipmenttoincludejusttheelementsthatmakethemostvisualandlong-lastingimpact .

    Onthispage,youllseeabarnthatreallyexemplifiesthiscurrenttrend .LucasEquinedesignerscreatedaverystraight-forwardstalldesignfeaturingagrilltop

    andwoodbottom,withasimpledecorativearchovereachdoor .

    Becausethestalldooristhemostfunctionalpartofthestallandtakesthemostwearandtear,thisaffordableLucasEquinedesignstillincludedhighqualitystainlesssteelhinges,springboltlatches

    andsteeltubeframingtocreateadurabledoorthatiseasytooperate .

    Toaccommodateabudget,thestallfrontfeaturedsimple,yetstrongU-channelstoacceptwoodplanks,asturdygrilltopandsteelchewguardstocoverandprotecttheedgesofthewood .

    Thefarmowner,awoodworkerbytrade,designedandbuiltthedecorativewoodpostshimselftoincorporateanotherstyleelementatanaffordableprice .

    Byseamlesslyincludingthescallopedmetalplateatthetopandbottomofthelowerstalldoorandusingbrassacornnutsasaccents,theLucasEquinedesignretainsthestyleelementsthatmakethemostvisualimpactasyouenterthebarn .