Everybody knows that home is where the heart is. If you happen to be a horse lover, you also know that home is where the horse is. Our beloved animals deserve a warm, comfortable place to call home, just like humans. There are many boarding options for your horse. You can have fun in the process, and even get creative in your planning for your horse house.
Deciding which option is best for you depends on several variables. Here are some things to think about when you are deciding on a home for your horse:
- Your home location – rural or urban.
- How many horses you need to house.
- How much space you have.
- What sort of architecture you prefer.
Your Home Location
Do you live in a city? Do you have a small yard? Is your neighborhood covenant controlled, or do you have an HOA to consider? These situations may limit the choices you have for boarding your horse at your home. Be sure to do your research before you commit to building a horse structure. If you live in a more rural location, you might have more space and fewer restrictions on the type of horse housing structure you can build. You will want to assess your building codes, just as you would in the city.
How Many Horses Do You Need to House?
The number of horses you have will definitely affect the size of your structure. A horse-run in shed can come in many different sizes and can accommodate one or many horses. Each horse should ideally have their own stall. If you have the space, you could also investigate building a corral or horse run for your horses.
What Sort of Architecture Do You Prefer?
Just like people houses, horse house architecture can look any way you can imagine. Do you prefer simple, clean, and practical architecture? Or do you like a more ornate, frilly, or fancy look? When you build a horse shed you will be deciding on a design as well as the building materials. The building materials have a large effect on the overall look of your horse house. Wood is traditionally used and can be stained any number of colors to give your desired effect. Some horse sheds can be made of metal or plastic material, which will age differently than wood. You can get super creative and even paint your horse house to match your or your horse’s personality. The sky is the limit in designing a place to house your special horse or horses.
However you decide to house your horse, be sure to take your time and consider your options. There are many, and you will be happy that you carefully chose your options. That way you will be happy with your horse structure for many years to come. All it takes is a little extra time and consideration when planning the home.