At this point we again must do away with some (popular?) expectations that one or the other might have when thinking of the own open stable.

  • "In my own stable I can do and leave what I want"
    Well, whether this will do? Definitely there will be many things where you don't have a choice but must adhere to certain regulations. Don't fall victim to a wrong impression, there are always constraints and necessities, even if their kind changes.
  • "In my own stable I can ride whenever I want and the way I want"
    This will hardly be realizable, too. Because much time - very much time - will be used up to keep everything clean and in good condition. In addition you are exposed to the weather conditions much more. "Damn, just when I have time to go for a ride, it has to rain!" We allege that you will have the opportunity to go for a ride distinctively more seldom at your own stable than with horses placed at an conventional stable.
  • "The own stable is much cheaper than keeping my horses at a regular stable"
    This would be nice, but in fact is a naive fallacy. What you save on costs you must "pay" by own work, time and engagement. The TCO is rather balanced for our impression, you win a little only.
  • "In my own stable I have complete peace"
    Asides from the people standing at the fences, ignoring the sign "Don't feed" and giving the horses molded bread or cakes - "The farmer's pigs do also eat it ". Asides from the badly educated dogs, running around on fenced off paddocks and pasture, emtying their bowels because master/mistress actually don't give a damn. Asides from the people who unaskedly enter somewhere or crawl beneath the fence because they "want to have a look". Asides from those subjects exploiting the remoteness of the stable to steal this or that. Asides from one or another model making freak not shying away even on sundays to pollute and roister the neigborhood with their gasolien-driven models. Asides from the people having no restraints to dump their litter somewhere into the nature. Asides from the children who think they must have a crack at their new toolbox and use it to disassemble the stop brake of the horse trailer into its single components. This list could be continued for a long time. Asides from all this you'll have complete peace at your own stable, yes!
  • "So, now I build my stable here and move in with my horse"
    Well, a very bad idea! Horses are gregarious animals, nothing will do alone. A single stabling would be absolutely species-inappropriate and must be refused categorically. Thus I must arrange that there are comrades for my horse in my new stable. And if possible more than one and also permanently. Either I own more than one horse (and maybe even more than two), or I search for like-minded persons who establish an open stable together with me. But then of course I'll take the risk to clash with my stable mates, riders are fighters, as is well-known.
  • "My open stable shall not be very big, a small piece of land will be sufficient"
    And onto which pasture will the horse go in the summer time? Don't fool yourself, the open stable makes sense only if enough grasing possibilities are available. Out stable is about 1ha large, which is already quite tight bearing the number of horses in mind.

Anyway, of course we don't want to be suggestive of an open stable being no fun - else we wouldn't have one. You just have to be clear on what you will get into. Forthwith you yourself are responsible for the wellbeing of your horses 100% and in every aspect and this responsibility applies to be observed. Thus the decission for an own stable should be made conscious and with consideration and not as a gut and situation reaction.


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