Is PVC the way of the future for horse barns?

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Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) panels in wash stalls, isolation stalls, tack rooms, feed rooms and ceilings make for quick clean-up and low maintenance, manufacturer says.
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A Canadian-based manufacturer of horse stabling and fencing says that the use of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) in the construction of horse barns is a trend that will continue to gain in popularity.

Dwayne Job, owner of System Equine in Ontario, has been installing PVC panels in wash stalls, isolation stalls, tack rooms, feed rooms and ceilings for horse farm owners, who report loving the quick clean-up and low maintenance. “Nothing sticks to it,” says Job.

“Cattle and hog barns have been using it for just over 30 years.”

He pointed to the biosecurity advantages of the materials, as well as the fact that it does not absorb moisture.

In the past seven or eight years, horse owners have been learning the benefits of this easy-to-clean, non-porous material, with biosecurity top of mind. Communal areas, such as wash stalls, are a breeze to wash down and disinfect.

The material is more expensive than traditional wood but quicker and easier to install and then very low maintenance going forward with no need to stain or reseal every few years.

It also will not rot, making it a great alternative to traditional wood in areas like tack rooms, feed rooms, and any area where there is a sink.

Below, Job talks to Equine Guelph’s Jackie Bellamy-Zions about the installation and applications, of PVC.

“Everyone knows there is a lot of moisture in horse barns,” Job says.

• Equine Guelph runs a 12-week course on stable management and design: Management of the Equine Environment

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