Ventilation Assessment

Over the past 20 years the Irish Equine Centre has become world leaders in the design and control of the racehorse stable environment. At present we monitor the stable environment of approximately 180 racing yards across Europe. Racehorses and sport horses can spend up to 23 hours per day standing in their stable. The equine respiratory system is built for transferring large volumes of air in and out of the lungs during exercise. Performance horses are elite athletes and best performance can only be achieved with optimal health. Given the demanding life of the equine athlete, a high number of horses are at risk of several different respiratory concerns. The importance of respiratory health greatly increases in line with the horse’s stamina. Therefore, as the distance a horse is asked to race increases so does the importance of available ventilation and fresh clean air.


Simply put, the objective in any well-designed barn and stable is to get fresh air to the horse and eliminate stale air before it accumulates. Good ventilation is, ideally, designed into the original barn plans or stable and takes advantage of natural wind, air currents, and thermal buoyancy. Often people experiment with mechanical ventilation using fans instead of using good ventilation design which takes advantage of FREE wind ventilation. Natural ventilation uses openings located along the side walls and the ridge and takes into consideration the topography and how the barn is situated in relationship to its surroundings.


Inadequate ventilation in any horse housing will have a huge effect on the level of microbes present.


Tests available

  • Ventilation assessments and measurements
  • Ventilation smoke test
  • Ammonia levels in stabling