As a farmer, one of the most important aspects of the care of your livestock will be the shelter in which they live. A safe secure and well-designed housing will contribute to the mental health of your animal, which is just as important as their physical health. So what things make up a good shelter? We have compiled a list of things that are most important to a shelter to give you some advice.
There are several key things to consider when designing and building a home for livestock. These range from the obvious safety of the animal to other critical factors such as ventilation and drainage, as well as ensuring there is ease of access for the animals.That last point is important because a well designed and easily accessible shelter provide horses or other animals with a haven during the winter months particularly when the weather is prone to sudden changes and rain is commonplace. Your stable and shelter should be designed in such a way that it is easily cleaned and maintained. Furthermore, any wooden elements should be treated with non-toxic chemicals to prevent risk to the animals. If you’re going to use fixtures and fittings, for example, a water trough, should be free of sharp edges as a precaution to avoid accidents. The roofing of the stables should allow for air to ventilate through but at the same time protect the animal from the elements. In this way, it’s important to have a strong yet flexible roofing that allows for a comfortable place to rest in all seasons.
To conclude, a well-designed shelter will protect your horse from a variety of weather conditions and at the same time offer a safe and comfortable place to sleep, should it be needed. Briarwood offers a wide selection of commercial roofing options for horses, which designed to keep your horse safe and to give you peace of mind when you leave the horse alone during a storm, without worry for a weather-based illness or disease to become an issue. There is a range of different styles and textures available to fit any type of farm, modern or traditional.