Avoid Planning Costs with Mobile Stabling

Fed up with the mud?

Unless you are very lucky, you will probably spend the winter fetlock-deep in sticky mud. Apart from pulling shoes off, it can cause foot abscess, thrush, mud fever, sprains and more. *

When a horse is cold and wet, it is hard to keep condition on them and can give rise to snotty noses and rheumatic conditions. Maintaining their condition by keeping them dry and well-fed will keep their immunity high and help protect them from illness. Vets are expensive.

Ideally, you’d have a stable to keep your horse off the paddock during the winter months. Limiting turnout helps to preserve your field for the spring.

What is the best type of stable for your requirements?

Conventional stables are a wonderful facility but expensive and time-consuming to build. An architect would need to draw up plans which are submitted to the local planning department and a fee is paid to both the architect and the council. Assuming permission is granted, a concrete base is installed by groundworkers followed by a course of bricks. The wall panels of the stable are bolted through the brickwork.

Mobile stables are a much faster and cheaper solution. They are made in exactly the same way as permanent stables but instead of being fixed to brickwork, they are bolted to a heavy steel skid. The skids resemble the runners of an old-fashioned sledge.

The types of skids for your shelter

At NFF Ltd., we design and construct the skids from heavy-duty steel in our steel fabrication workshop. We take time to weld the joints and brackets to give them extra strength as our buildings are very heavy, due to the high specification timber we use.

Following manufacture, the skids are sent off for galvanising. Galvanising gives steel a shiny silver appearance and is designed to protect it from rusting giving a life span of approximately 35-years. We don’t believe in painting skids as they quickly rust.

Apart from not requiring groundworks, these buildings can be moved around. The shiny nature of the steel and the clever shape of the skids makes it easy to tow the building using a 4-WD vehicle or a tractor, depending upon the size of your stable.

Cheaper skid option

You may not want to move your building very often. In that case, timber skids may be an option. Despite being double kiln dried and pressure treated to preserve them, they won’t last as long as steel but are cheaper. It will still be possible to tow your building but it won’t glide quite as easily as steel skids do. Timber skids are best suited when a building is going to sit on an existing hardstanding and won’t be moved too often. They are still very strong and durable.

Bedding up

In order to make your building practical to bed-up, you may wish to invest in some rubber matting to lay on the ground. We recommend a layer of rubber grass mats, topped with rubber stable mats. You can then bed up in the same way as a conventional stable.

Should you wish to keep the cost down, you might choose to have just a bottom stable door. When you think about it, you are probably unlikely to shut the top door very often.

Planning Permission

To comply with planning regulations, you won’t be permitted to connect any services, namely electricity or water. There is excellent solar lighting available on the market which is cheap and easy to fit. If you fit guttering and a water tank, you can collect rainwater which is not only free but eco-friendly too.

Getting your horse comfortable with its new shelter
A good way to introduce your horse to their new building is to place feed, hay and water inside. Your horse will soon realise how cosy it is.

Sources: https://stablemanagement.com/articles/health-hazards-mud-horse-farms-31885

Why a Mobile Stable?


NFF’s mobile stables provide cheap, instant stabling for your horse or pony.  With no need for expensive concrete bases, brickwork and hence planning* these fabulous buildings can be towed around thanks to the sledge-like ‘skids’ they are built on.

If you place rubber grass mats, topped with rubber stable mats in your mobile stable, you can bed it up as you would normally.  Should you wish to move the building, you can pull up the mats and replace them once the stable is relocated.  

If your stable is going to be sited away from services, you can invest in some cheap solar lighting for those dark evenings and have guttering with a water tank to catch the rainwater.  

It’s worth considering an overhang for the front of the stable to give your horse extra protection from the elements.

Where possible, avoid facing your stable in the direction of the prevailing wind as you want to keep your beloved equine as snug as possible.

A good way to encourage your animal to feel comfortable in their new home is to hang a hay net inside and make a point of placing their feed bucket inside. 


Recent Testimonials

Emily Llewellyn (Professional Eventer) – “The stables are great thank you so much! Your boys were fab to have on the yard, they were so tidy and nice to work around.”

Mr C from Wallcrouch – “An exceptional job, well done”

Mr C from Wadhurst – “Great, and a hard working team”

Mr & Mrs P from Crowborough – “Looks great”

Mr H from Burwash – “Very nice”

Mr A from Hawkhurst – “Very good work”

Mrs. D.S. We’re very pleased with the shelter, tell your guys thank you for putting it up


New Stables photos

Check out our updated gallery of timber stables and stable-blocks.  All our buildings are designed and hand-crafted by our experienced team at Horam.  Delivery and installation are included in the price, subject to conditions*.  (*Contact office for details).



Do I need shelter for my horse or pony?

Horses in a bespoke stable block


The BHS guidelines state “all horses and ponies kept at grass require the provision of an adequate effective field shelter”.


Over time, we have bred more refined horses to suit our preferred disciplines making them increasingly vulnerable to temperature changes. Thin-skinned breeds from warmer countries are particularly susceptible to the cold.


When animals live out they use a lot of their reserves to keep warm and tend to drop weight.  A stabled horse/pony needs less food than one that is out-wintered.


If you are not blessed with well-drained fields, winter can quickly change smooth green pastures into rutted mud-baths ready to be colonized by weeds once spring arrives.   Winter can be a very unpleasant time for the horse-owner.


Keeping your horse/pony in a shelter or stable for the winter months not only preserves your ground for the spring but it helps to keep your animal in good health. If a horse gets cold, its’ immunity will drop leaving it vulnerable to illness.  It doesn’t take long for a vet’s bill to add up to the cost of field shelter!

New and improved stable specs!

We have improved the standard specifications of our stables for 2015:

  • Doors now come with galvanised chewstrips
  • Both Windsor and Badminton stables come with a 900mm lined overhang
  • 610mm x 610mm framed Perspex window with galvanised grill

These features are included in the price of our stables as standard. To see an example of our new specification stables visit our yard in Horam or call us on 01435 813 535 to discuss our wide range of equestrian buildings.




We are pleased to announce that we are now stocking rubber grass mats.

The mats are only £17.50 plus VAT each.

They can be collected from us in Horam or our delivery prices start at only £10.

Rubber grass mats are great for using in gateways or high usage areas where the ground often ends up poached with high use and during periods of bad weather. The design of the mats allows for the grass to grow up through so that the mats become unnoticeable. There is no groundwork required before laying the grass mats and they are easily linked together with cable ties. They can be laid on flat or contoured areas as they are flexible. Grass can then be cut over the the mats with a conventional mower.

Mats are 1 m x 1.5 m and 23 mm thick. They can be simply joined together with cable ties. These mats are also safety tested by Rapra to BS EN 1177:1998 for 3.3 meters critical fall height. They are therefore also great for use under swings and other childrens play equipment. You will also find a number of other uses for your grass mats.


Mrs B Testimonial

……..I am delighted with my new shed. Thank you for a very efficient service. The young man who did all the hard work was excellent and very helpful, and I was very impressed with the way he carried out his work………

20 August 2011




Miss E Testimonial

………Thank you so much for the fantastic service I will definitely be recommending you.

Thanks again…….

20 October 2011


NEW Mobile Field Shelter Ranges

NFF Equestrian are pleased to announce that we will be offering four ranges of Mobile Field Shelter to meet different budgets.


Unlike many other timber buildings available on the market, especially the more budget ranges, ALL of our mobile shelters include:-


  • Tanalised timber framework and cladding, pressure treated for an expected 15yr minimum life expectancy. This requires no further treatment unlike a sprayed finish that will require regular, time consuming and costly maintenance.
  • Vertical framework at maximum 610mm centres, doubled up at openings.
  • Hot dipped galvanised finish to all our metal skids. Galvanising is an extremely durable finish unlike a painted finish that can easily be damaged by hooves or during moving.
  • Stainless steel ring shanked nails for all cladding. These will outlast both galvanised and sheradised nails and do not stain the timber.
  • Galvanised joist hangers
  • Stress graded timber for roof purlins
Price lists for the new ranges will be available on the website soon. In the meantime please contact the office with your enquiry.