Should I heat my horse barn?
If you live in a colder climate, it’s essential to consider the safety of your horse and how the cold temperatures affect it. It’s been discovered that horses are usually healthier (and actually more comfortable!) when they live in a well-ventilated unheated barn or even outdoors.
The important thing to keep in mind is that your horse should always have an abundant supply of fresh air. This will help remove odors and keep fresh air moving in and out of the barn. Dirty, stale air can cause infectious diseases or respiratory problems.
In the winter, open up your horse barn doors and windows to help with cross-ventilation. If you’re in a particularly cold climate, keep your horse protected from drafts by using a warm blanket. Be sure to check him daily for cuts or scratches.
For your own comfort, you could consider heating one or two rooms in your barn. The room that houses your washing machine and water heater should be heated during cold weather. You should also have at least one heated room where you can store medications and grooming products without worrying about them freezing. Regardless of which room you decide to heat, make sure its insulated and has a vapor barrier all around it – the sides, ceiling, floors and walls – to help prevent condensation damage.