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Stable

Horse stable interior.
A horse in a box stall inside a stable.
A feeding trough in a stable.

A stable is a building in which livestock, especially horses, are kept. It most commonly means a building that is divided into separate stalls for individual animals. There are many different types of stables in use today; the American-style barn, for instance, is a large barn with a door at each end and individual stalls inside or free-standing stables with top and bottom-opening doors. The term "stable" is also used to describe a group of animals kept by one owner, regardless of housing or location.

The exterior design of a stable can vary widely, based on climate, building materials, historical period and cultural styles of architecture. A wide range of building materials can be used, including masonry (bricks or stone), wood and steel. Stables can range widely in size, from a small building housing one or two animals to facilities at agricultural shows or race tracks that can house hundreds of animals.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Horses 2
  • Other uses 3
  • Gallery 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6

History

The stable is typically historically the second-oldest building type on the farm. Free-standing stables began to be built from the 16th century. They were well built and placed near the house due to the value that the horses had as draught animals. High-status examples could have plastered ceilings to prevent dust falling through into the horses’ eyes. Relatively few examples survive of complete interiors (i.e. with stalls, mangers and feed racks) from the mid-19th century or earlier.[1][2]

Traditionally, stables in Great Britain had a hayloft on their first (i.e. upper) floor and a pitching door at the front. Doors and windows were symmetrically arranged. Their interiors were divided into stalls and usually included a large stall for a foaling mare or sick horse. The floors were cobbled (or, later, bricked) and featured drainage channels. Outside steps to the first floor were common for farm hands to live in the building.[3]

Horses

For horses, stables are often part of a larger complex which includes trainers, vets and farriers.

Other uses

"Stable" is used cavalry, not simply their horses' accommodation, would be known as "a stable".

Gallery

See also

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons.

References

  1. ^ Historic Environment Local Management Website
  2. ^ The Conversion of Traditional Farm Buildings: A guide to good practice (English Heritage publication).
  3. ^ The Barn Guide by South Hams District Council
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