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Making a dream yard come true By Julia Berrie, Marketing Manager, Scotts of Thrapston



A good stable should last for decades with the minimum of maintenance and cutting corners at this stage will prove to be a false economy. Starting with a professionally prepared base of concrete and engineering brick, the stable itself should be constructed by craftsmen from high quality materials. Timbers should be pressure impregnated to protect against insect attack and the elements, whilst all metal work should be heavy-duty galvanised for durability. Doors and windows should be edged with metal to prevent chewing and all loose boxes should be lined, to eaves height, with kicking boards for the horses comfort and safety. As a family business, Scotts recognises the importance of personal service and Scotts’ staff are always prepared to pass on the benefit of their experience in stabling. A stable is a major investment and they are happy to give advice on most matters to assist with your decision making and final stable design.


f you are looking to buy a property to fulfill the ultimate dream of stabling your horses at home, there are two options available to you: Look for a house with stabling already on site or a property with land and the potential to develop. Whichever route you decide to take, the final decision will no doubt be made upon two key factors - time and money. If you have the time and money to dedicate to a development project then you will be rewarded with a yard that is designed to your specific requirements. However, if you go down the route to purchase an existing equestrian property then it does not mean you necessarily have to make do with what is already there. Companies, such as Scotts of Thrapston, have experience in assisting customers with new build projects and also help customers who have inherited a yard from the previous owners make it work for them by adding extra stabling, storage complexes, a yard office or a carriage house, to name but a few options. If developing a yard is the route you plan to take there are many considerations you should be mindful of, both your needs and also the needs of future owners should be taken into account, so that if you move on at some stage, the property is not devalued in the eyes of a prospective purchaser. Generally speaking there are three main steps to consider when installing a stable block and Scotts has outlined some of the key things to be aware of:


The general rule is to assume the appropriate permissions will be required. There may be exceptions but this is down to the local authority concerned, not the stable manufacturer. Failure to secure the correct permissions will cause problems when you come to sell and could even result in forced demolition. Handling the bureaucracy and red tape is part of the personal service you should expect from a company such as Scotts, although seeking professional advice from a local planning consultant is recommended, at an early stage, to assist with gaining permission for the development.


The initial considerations are how much land can you allocate to the development and how many stables you can fit on this area? What must you consider to produce a yard that is in keeping with its surroundings? Do you live in a modern house or a listed building? Once these factors have been considered you can start to plan the yard layout. The ideal yard would be built standing on welldraining soil and not facing into the prevailing wind, and companies like Scotts can advise on all aspects of sighting and orientation the of the yard itself to lessen the impact from the environment. In terms of your day to day activity on the yard, you should think about this very carefully so that you make your new yard a joy to work in – the trip to the muckheap and proximity to basic facilities such as water, feed and tack room. And remember to consider easy access for deliveries or visits from the farrier or vet. Attention to detail is also important in order to achieve the perfect stable block as even the smallest feature can make a significant difference and help the yard blend with its environment. For example, you could specify the pitch of a roof or the width of a door to match existing barns and even use special materials like pantiles or cedar shingles.

Scotts of Thrapston is the country’s leading supplier of bespoke timber stables and outbuildings with an enviable reputation for design, quality and service. Whether it is a professional or private stable yard, a haystore or an American barn, Scotts provides the perfect solution.

To find out more about Scotts Stables and Equestrian Buildings call: 01832 732366 or visit:

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