Not so long ago, great estates were defined by the number of their horses, carriages and of course their stables.
Men paid huge sums of money and traveled the world over in search of the finest horses bred to ride and pull carriages.
Stables were a luxury of the rich and poor.
Before automobiles, horses provided transportation for century’s and displaying your most valuable assets was a point of pride.
Architects took great care to make the structures not only functional, but beautiful.
Rooms for an office, bridles, saddles, blankets, tools, wagons, buggies and carriages.
Harness, grain, hay, grooms quarters, well you get the picture.
It had to be big!
A world where men could flaunt their masculine nature bigger was always better.
Whether built of wood
the exterior design of a stable is based on local building material
historical time frame
and popular architectural styles.
Most were nicer than a typical house.
Ancient relics of the past.
Many gave the impression of being able to eat off the floors and were strikingly clean.
So many horses and they all needed a roof over their heads
Because of all the attention, care and maintenance, many stables fell into disrepair after the invention of the auto
What was once a necessity, became a luxury and many families gave up horses altogether and found other uses for these magnificent structures
The loss of those bygone days is recognized by today’s stable owners who desire to pursue their equine freedom and a love of animals trumps their wallet.
Tied to an era of agriculture and self reliance.
Smells of hay, manure, leather and sweat
Hay lofts for jumping from, hiding in and a secret rendezvous…
If I had too, I could live in a stable.
My horse deserves a fine home, but it’s the romance of stables that make them irresistible.