Loose boxes - the ideal stable extension

It was quite cramped in the barn this winter. Two foals have just been born and actually the horse stalls are too small for the mares and their foals. This is a typical possible scenario at any boarding or breeding facility.

Converting an existing stable to provide sufficiently large stalls has proven to be uneconomical in many cases. On the other hand, an increasing number of horse owners would like to breed one or two foals with their mares which are, however, currently boarded out. This means that new ideas are needed.

One solution is loose boxes. Loose boxes are separate stable buildings which can be easily and flexibly integrated into an existing equestrian facility. The standard dimensions of the loose boxes are 3.40 x 3.40 metres, 3.40 x 4.00 metres or 4.00 x 4.00 metres per box. The large loose boxes provide sufficient temporary space for mares with their foals.

With their modular design, they can be extended or even relocated at any time. In principle it would also be possible to build a single loose box. However, horses are very sociable creatures, so this is not something we would recommend. For this reason Röwer & Rüb supplies at least double boxes. However, small loose box units for two or three horses are often built for private use. Larger loose box stalls can be built in rows, in an L-shape or U-shape, depending on personal preference and the site conditions. The saddle and feed compartments can be integrated as well as storage rooms for hay, straw and machinery.

The loose boxes have a galvanised steel structure which can also be powder coated. The outer walls are made of particularly robust, hardwood with a thickness of six centimetres. The loose box doors and partition walls are made with the attractive and track-proven bamboo filling. This means that the loose boxes are particularly durable and particularly safe.

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Wide light ridges provide plenty of daylight in the box. The light ridges are equipped with electrically operated ventilation openings. Wind and rain sensors ensure that the ventilation openings close automatically if necessary. The recommended number of ventilation openings depends on the size of the loose box facility.

Large roof projections are standard on the front side. This creates space to groom the horses outside the box. Those who have enough space to have paddocks at the back of the loose boxes can also include optional roof overhangs and box doors. It is also possible to fit stable windows in the back walls.

Loose boxes are buildings that are normally subject to approval in most European countries. Of course, all outdoor boxes are supplied with the static plans and the EN 1090 certificate required for approval.