Heat in the Horse Stable Tack Room

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For a small room such as a tack room, a portable (space) heater is the only reasonable low-cost option. A space heater can be used safely, but you'll need to have strict guidelines for its purchase, and strict guidelines for its operation. Get a low profile heater that:

  • Has a built-in thermostat so it will shut off when the space reaches a certain temperature. 
  • Has an automatic safety overheating shutoff. It will shut off before overheating. 
  • Has an automatic tip shutoff. It will shut off automatically if tipped over. 
  • In addition to the above, look for one that has a cover over the heating elements and has a low profile so it's less likely to tip over.

Below is a link to an inexpensive version from Lowe’s that has the desired safety features:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_210641-2409...Id=3468413

For safe operations, we recommend the following:

  • The heater must be placed in a specific, dedicated space in the tack room.
  • Nothing should be placed within three feet of the heater. Attach bright colored tape on the floor around the heater and post a sign explaining that for everyone's safety, the heater must stay in the taped boundary. 
  • Always plug directly into a wall outlet and never use an extension cord. If you don't have a wall outlet in the location where the heater will be placed, then have one installed. 
  • Keep the floor clean in the tack room. 
  • Post a sign asking your boarders to shut off the heater when they leave.

If your boarders do not follow the safety guidelines for the heater, then remove it. But I bet they will in order to have a toasty place to warm up.

For further information, visit this Energy.gov link: http://energy.gov/energysaver/artic...e-heaters.

This article was written by Tony Cochrane of Animal Arts.