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Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 5

August 2017 by Leonie Lee, BA (Arch), BArch (Hons), Equitecture,

As part of this series on (re)evaluating horse facility design, this article continues to discuss the merits of an equine-centric view of building facilities, focusing on the distinct behavioural characteristics of the horse. It describes some of the common, but critical, shortcomings in current horse accommodation models, and elucidates on some of the facility design and management practices we can adopt to help mitigate these deficiencies.

In the first two parts of this exclusive series (March and April issues), we explained the built environment is at odds with the horses’ evolved physiology and behaviour, and we provided a historical account of horse facility design.