Housing Design & Skills
You will complete TWO topics on this inquiry page. Scroll down to find each topic and the learning resources you will use. Keep track of the Need to Do tasks for each topic in your Equine2 3070 Learning checklist.
How should safe and environmentally responsible horse housing structures be designed?

Horse owners and riders share responsibility for ensuring that their horses have safe and comfortable housing and shelter as well as opportunities for turnout and exercise. You will create a housing criteria checklist and analyze indoor and outdoor housing choices. You will also apply your learning to your own contexts and demonstrate practical housing maintenance skills.

Know horse housing
Horses have a right to safe and comfortable housing and shelter as well as adequate opportunities for turnout and exercise. What types of indoor and outdoor housing environments should be provided for a horse?

Need To Know
need to know Find out what makes a healthy environment for horses.
Considerations & criteria for house housing
need to do Get information on types of horse housing structures and choices.
Outdoor & indoor housing choices
need to do Find out about elements and considerations for stable design.
Horse housing design
need to do Explore factors that are important for the design of feed, water and waste management.
Feed, water & waste management systems
need to do Understand types of fences and fencing materials.
Need To Do
Introduction Create a criteria checklist for an “ideal” housing design in this Need to Apply card.
Apply horse housing criteria
Introduction Analyze the effectiveness of two horse housing structures or management systems.
Assess housing design
Introduction Use these graphic organizers to help you complete the learning tasks.
Checklist  |   Four-Square Chart
Introduction Select from these images to help you complete a learning task.
Stable  |   Stall or Paddock  |   Pasture  |   Fencing  |   Feed & water management system   |   Manure management system
Introduction When you are finished the learning tasks, respond to the reflection question.
Reflect One
weblinks These weblinks will help you complete the learning tasks.

Explore the opinions about horse housing in Living Requirements for Horses.

Find more opinions about approaches to horse housing and environments in Making Do – Keeping horses healthy in an imperfect environment.

Explore the article links on the Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses page from Equine Guelph.

Find more information about horse housing and fencing design, features and risk factors in the “Facilities” chapter of the 4-H Horse Project Manual from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/4h7933/$FILE/i_facilities.pdf

Find information on housing choices in Tips for New Horse Owners from the University of Nebraska.

Explore information on housing in Introduction to Housing for Horses.

Consider criteria for safe barns in Hazard-Free Barn.

Find more detailed information in Horse Stall Design.

Explore safety-related issues in Fire Safety in Horse Stables.

Find design plans for horse barns.

Consider how to deal with mud in The Top Five Ways to Keep Mud Under Control in Your Horse’s Pens.

Find more information on flooring choices in Housing for Horses: Flooring for Stalls.

Find detailed information in Horse Stable Flooring Materials and Drainage.

Explore ventilation tips and strategies in Ventilate Your Horse Barn.

Get more information about stable ventilation in Horse Stable Ventilation.

Explore the feed management strategies in Equine Feeding Management: The How & When of Feeding Horses.

Find management tips in Feed Room Conveniences.

Find detailed information on management systems in Managing Small-Acre Horse Farms.

Consider pasture management strategies in Pasture and Hay for Horses.

Review the tips in How to Avoid Frozen Pipes in the Barn.

Consider the strategies in How to Compost Horse Manure.

Read more in Solve the Manure Pile Problem.

Explore the environmental effects and influences in Caring for Alberta’s Rural Landscape: Manure and Pasture Management for Horse Owners.$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex9377/$FILE/460_27-1.pdf

Explore information about fencing materials, design and costs in Fences for Horses.

Find more information on fences in Fences for Horses.

Check detailed information on fence selection in Fence Planning for Horses.

Check Pasture Fencing for Horses.

Demonstrate horse housing skills
Regular monitoring and maintenance of a horse’s living environment ensures its safety as well as its health. This includes bedding, cleaning and sanitizing living spaces. Why must horse owners take daily responsibility for maintaining their horse’s living space?

Need To Know
need to know Get the basics of bedding, cleaning and disinfecting stalls.
How to bed, clean & disinfect stalls
need to know Watch this video to find out more about bedding and mucking out stalls.
Bedding & mucking out stalls
need to know Watch this video to find out more about turnout practices.
Turnout practices & safety
Need To Do
Introduction Demonstrate skills involved in bedding, cleaning and disinfecting stalls.
Practise housing skills
Introduction Use this graphic organizer to help you complete the learning tasks.
Introduction When you are finished the learning tasks, respond to the reflection question.
Reflect Two
weblinks These weblinks will help you complete the learning tasks.

Find out more about bedding in Choosing the Right Bedding for your Horse or Pony.

Watch Muck Your Stalls Like a Pro.

Read more about biosecurity in Equine Biosecurity Principles and Best Practices.