Equine Innovators: Optimizing Barn and Arena Ventilation

Dr. Morgan Hayes of the University of Kentucky describes barn and indoor arena ventilation problems and how to fix them.

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Good barn and indoor arena ventilation are crucial for both horse and human health. Dr. Morgan Hayes of the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, describes what can go wrong with ventilation in each of those spaces, and how farm owners and managers can combat those issues. She also lets us in on results of her study on stall fans. Hint: They might not be accomplishing what you think.

Download the podcast transcript here.

This podcast is the seventh episode in our ‚’Equine Innovators’ podcast series, brought to you by Zoetis. You can find the Equine Innovators podcast on TheHorse.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcast.

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About the Researcher:

Dr. Morgan Hayes

Morgan Hayes joined the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky as an Extension Assistant Professor in July 2016. She is working in the area of animal facilities. Her interests are ventilation design, heat stress management and resource (energy, fuel, and water) use on farms. Her current work includes extension and research efforts on indoor air quality in equine barns and arenas, appropriate ventilation rates for modern swine, design considerations in beef cattle confinement and opportunities to reduce energy usage on farm.


Written by:

Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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