Tips to Keep Your Horse Safe in the Stables


Maybe you only stable your horse for sleep, or when they’re on stall rest due to an injury, or they simply need to escape from bad weather. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider how to keep your horses safe and content in the stables when they might not want to be there! As accidents can happen, horses can easily become tangled in buckets, feeders, and door latches, gorge on stolen food, or get loose! Here are Jon William Stables’s tips on having a safer horse stable.


Feeding hay in frequent, small amounts is better for your horse when they’re stalled for long periods of time. Rather than filling up on two big meals and then standing bored all day, giving them small bits here and there will keep them entertained. Make sure clean water is always available, and if you have automatic water buckets be sure to check them often for cleanliness.

Prevent Boredom

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Horses are active and companion animals by nature. Although you are doing it for a good reason, keeping them in a stall all day separated from the other horses, can be stressful and very boring! A bored horse may start wood chewing, cribbing, weaving, or stall walking. Simply having a radio playing, letting the dogs roam, frequent human visits, or stalling another horse next to them can provide companionship for your horse.

Frequent Stall Cleaning

Wet bedding can damage hooves and breathing ammonia from urine-saturated bedding, which is bad for their lungs. Stall cleaning should be a daily task, and if it is done daily it should only take about 20 minutes.

Provide Proper Bedding

Proper bedding ensures that your horse is warm, protected, and able to lie down and rest in comfort. Gauge how thick you should bed, depending on your stall flooring and the season. If you have thick rubber matting, the bedding can be thinner. On concrete, especially if it is winter, make sure to add more bedding to provide padding, which will also help to soak up the urine.

Reduce Fire Hazards

Especially with wooden stables and timber stables, it is extremely important to minimise the risk of fire. Hay and all combustibles should be stored safely in a separate building if possible. Electrical wiring and switches should be checked regularly, and smoking should be banned within 50 feet of the barns and stables. Invite your local fire department to do a walk-through to point out any missed measures that should be taken.

Stable Design

Horse stable

The horse stable layout should be safety oriented, with all fixtures (hay racks, tie rings, water bowls) free of sharp edges and positioned to avoid injury. At a minimum, your horse should have enough space to lie down, easily stand up and turn around in comfort. Installing talk bars on stalls is highly recommended for the social benefits of your horse anytime they are in the stalls. They also create better airflow and are a popular and effective way of calming anxious horses. Be sure that safe paint is used and proper roofing has been installed to prevent leaks.

Remove Head Collars

Removing your horse’s head collar when they are stabled will prevent any entanglement, and if necessary it will ensure that your horse can break free under any pressure.

Yes, your horse is happier outside, but when it’s for their own good, they do need to be stabled! And your stables are your horse’s home, after all, so you want to ensure you get it right!

Like these tips? Share with your friends so their horses can be safe and comfortable too!

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