I don't remember how this little book came to be in my library,
but it is a very useful publication for a
do-it-yourself type. When it says "How to Build a Stable" that's what it
means; every detail of doing the job by yourself is covered. The stable in
question is a 20' x 30' three box stall structure, containing a grooming
aisle, tackroom and 600 sq. ft. hayloft. Every step of the construction from
selecting a site, digging foundation trenches (the building has a concrete
block foundation), to building a cupola is illustrated and explained.
When we built our barn we designed it ourselves, but had a builder do the
actual construction so I can't say we did it ourselves using this book,
however the steps are very completely described and illustrated.
I would take issue with a few recommendations in the book, such as to
save money on buying metal window grilles by constructing them yourself
out of plywood strips -- if you know horses you know these will be chewed
in short order. Also, the recommendation to have a loft above for hay storage
is out of date, as it is generally accepted now that the resulting dust and
risk of fire are not worth it, and hay should be stored separately from the
horses, protected by a fire proof wall. However, sometimes funds do not allow such a
setup and the loft approach must be used.
Overall, this book is complete and basically correct and the
resulting stable looks both neat and functional.