About Equine Architecture and Design
The design and planning of farms, barns and arenas for horses carries a special responsibility. Whether our connection with the horse is for sport, business, or simply the pleasure riding, the architectural goal of every equine design revolves around safety, functionality and creativity.
Proper equine design starts with the overall farm and site master planning.
Being that horses need fresh air and space to graze and exercise, and that so many equine activities occur outside the stable and arena, the importance of the farm design cannot be overstated. The position and siting of the barn should be planned to take advantage of prevailing breezes and the natural topography of the land, while addressing the need for convenient paddock and riding ring locations.
Promoting the well-being of the horse is also a strong influence on the design of every barn and stable. As an equine architect I design stables to maximize natural light and ventilation to create spaces that are as beneficial and healthful for the horse as they are for the people who care for them. A light, airy, well-crafted barn is a pleasure to be in. And a well-planned and functional stable allows the tasks and maintenance involved with caring for a horse to be accomplished safely and efficiently.
Years of equine design experience has resulted in an understanding for the proper planning for maneuvering and handling of horses and equipment.
Careful selection of materials for slip resistance, fire resistance, durability, etc.; and attention to the detailing of materials and building components which the horses can come in contact.
The architectural design of equine facilities should be distinctive and appropriate for the climate, horse breed and use, budget and client preferences.
The design should reflect the nature of the operation, from a high end show or stallion stable to a simple equipment shed. Materials should be appropriate for the design with considerations for local availability and construction methods, maintenance, structural capability, fire resistance, chew & kick resistance and aesthetics.