Facilities and Technology

Information on horse stable engineering, flooring, ventilation and air flow, horse stall design and fence planning. Tips on fire safety, manure management, biosecurity, transporting equines and ammonia monitoring in barns.

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Fence Planning for Horses
Fence Planning for Horses - Articles Articles

Fence Planning for Horses

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Horse fence can be one of the most attractive features of a horse facility. But not all fence is suitable for horses. More
Riding Arena Footing Material Selection and Management
Riding Arena Footing Material Selection and Management - Articles Articles
A "perfect" riding surface should be cushioned, provide traction, not too slick or dusty, not overly abrasive to horse hooves, inexpensive and easy to maintain. More
Horse Stable Flooring Materials and Drainage
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Horse Stable Flooring Materials and Drainage

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Choose suitable floors for a horse facility to maintain fitness of a horse's legs and feet. More
Paddock with run-in-shed
Horse Stable Engineering - Articles Articles

Horse Stable Engineering

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

When one thinks of keeping horses, a vision centers on the stable. More
Organic poultry house with sidewall eave and ceiling inlets.
Inlets for Mechanical Ventilation Systems in Animal Housing - Articles Articles
Properly designed and functioning ventilation inlet openings are key for achieving comfortable, fresh air conditions in farm animal housing. More
Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans
Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans - Articles Articles

Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article explains how to select an agricultural ventilation fan for the conditions under which it will be operating in a livestock or greenhouse setting. More
Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns
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Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Effective natural ventilation of a greenhouse barn uses properly positioned openings with unobstructed air flow inside the building. More
Although an instrument that provides velocity reading, shown here, is highly useful, a simple small streamer can also help troubleshoot.
Make Your Own Ceiling Inlet Air Speed Monitors - Articles Articles

Make Your Own Ceiling Inlet Air Speed Monitors

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Ventilation inlet air speed monitors described here are a cheap and easy way to assess proper ventilation in livestock buildings. More
In barn fires, the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" could not be more true.
Fire Safety in Horse Stables - Articles Articles

Fire Safety in Horse Stables

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Fire damage to horse stables can be minimized or prevented through building techniques, fire detection, and management practices. More
Horse Stall Design
Horse Stall Design - Articles Articles

Horse Stall Design

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

The stall is the basic functional unit of a horse stable or shelter by providing a suitable environment for the horse and handler. More
Examples of pull tube with pump for gas concentration detection.
Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments - Articles Articles

Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article describes simple relatively-inexpensive instruments for detecting ammonia gas concentration in animal housing to assure proper air quality. More
Psychrometric Chart Use
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Psychrometric Chart Use

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

A psychrometric chart presents properties of air in a graphical format useful for troubleshooting greenhouse or livestock building environmental problems. More
Getting the manure out of a stall is only the beginning of manure management.
Horse Stable Manure Management - Articles Articles

Horse Stable Manure Management

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

A complete manure management system involves collection, storage (temporary or long term), and disposal or utilization. More
Bright airy stables feature open interiors with fresh air openings for each stall.
Horse Stable Ventilation - Articles Articles

Horse Stable Ventilation

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Inadequate ventilation is the most common mistake made in modern horse facilities. The objective of ventilation is to get fresh air to the horse. More
Horse Riding Arena Dust Measurements
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Horse Riding Arena Dust Measurements

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Dust is the primary nuisance associated with riding arena use. More
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