About Stable Minded: An Equestrian Design Blog

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“When you take a horse out of its comfort zone—the wild—it’s your obligation to create an environment that protects its health and safety. A poorly designed barn can be worse than no barn at all.” – John Blackburn

John Blackburn knows barns. As Blackburn’s owner and senior principal for the past 25 years, John has designed over 150 equestrian facilities across the United States and abroad.

In his blog, Stable Minded, John rhapsodizes about the design process behind our horse barns and equine facilities as only he can. His blogs cover a variety of equestrian news and topics: from the story behind projects we’ve designed to equestrian and design issues, such as how to increase natural lighting in barns. For those of you with questions or comments about the nitty-gritty details we face when designing barns, John considers his blog an open forum to discuss what’s on your mind.

If you’re curious about the architectural process, like to view construction photos from start to finish, or have questions about how it all works, we invite you to read and comment at Stable Minded. It might not be literally straight from the horse’s mouth, but we like to think it’s pretty close.

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5 responses to “About Stable Minded: An Equestrian Design Blog”

  1. Barn Lover says:

    This is a beautiful blog page and gorgeous facilities used as illustrations. Please show me more!

  2. Thanks, Barn Lover. I’m planning to update this blog with frequently encountered design issues and how to resolve them. Keep your eye out for an article on ventilation. If you have any questions or topics you’d like me to discuss, please let me know.

    Thanks for reading and for your comment!

  3. Thank you for the kind words, Bryce!

  4. Aaron Breath says:

    This is really interesting take on the concept. I never thought of it that way. I came across this site recently which I think it will be a great use of new ideas and information. Thank you for sharing it with us.and the hose is very smart and beautiful animal & the Horse Stables Design whose panel’s unique modular design allows variety of size options.

    • admin says:

      Thanks Aaron! The horse is certainly a beautiful animal and we take great pride in designing barn these animals to call home.

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