Barns & Stables

If building a barn is on your horizon, the first step is to make your wish list. Whether it’s a perfect four-stall barn with walk-out paddocks, or a large training and boarding facility, your dream barn will be a major construction project that should create a safe and comfortable home for your horses and their people, both at work and at play.

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The stall is the basic functional unit of a horse stable or shelter. A simple backyard pleasure horse stall may at first appear different than a stall in a full-feature boarding operation, but they both provide a suitable environment for the horse and handler. Safety for handlers and horses should be a primary consideration in stall design. Comfort for the horse is very important, as is convenience for the handler in performing chores associated with good horse care. No matter what your management style or needs, the basics of a safe horse stall are the same. Many options that affect function and cost are available for horse stall features.

The term biosecurity refers to management practices that reduce the chance of infectious disease being carried onto a farm by animals or people, as well as the spread of infectious disease on farms. All infectious diseases of the horse result from interactions between the animal and its environment, and depend upon the animal’s ability to resist disease (immunity) and the infectious agent (bacteria, viruses, and parasites). These interactions provide opportunities for preventing or reducing infectious diseases.

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Horses are naturally designed to live outside. With shelter from the wind and elements and access to fresh water and good quality hay, most horses can live quite comfortably surrounded by their companions without a stable. This is not always a convenient option for their human counterparts.

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Easy Build Structures based in Surrey, BC, specializes in the supply and installation of pre-engineered steel structures, ranging from roof coverage shelters to fully enclosed storage buildings and horse barn packages. Our framing system has the strength and durability to withstand our harsh climate, with the added benefit of an expedited installation process using our “slip-fit” galvanized steel tubing. Additionally, our structures are considered portable, as they can be disassembled, relocated, and reassembled with minimal material loss. Our structures range from 10 to 50 feet in width (clear span), with clearance heights starting at 8 through 16 feet, and the length can be as long as required.

Donkeys are not well suited to cold, wet environments and need extra protection in the winter, new research has found. The findings have been incorporated into the UK's updated Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Code of Practice for the welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids.

SIROCCO is the treatment of choice for your animal bedding materials, whether straw, shavings, or pellets. Certified organic without insect control additives like diatomaceous earth, SIROCCO is ideal for use in horse stalls, trailers, chicken coops, compost bins, and anywhere you want to tame odours. It is a proven ammonia remover and deodorizer made from seaweed extracts, vegetable and mineral absorbents, essential plant oils, trace elements and natural disinfectants. SIROCCO is non-irritating, non-corrosive, and not dangerous to human handlers, and it has a pleasant fresh odour.

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