In large establishments it may be found convenient to have a spare-harness room for the reception of articles not in daily use, as in the case of town- or country-houses occupied by the family in turn for a part only of the year. This will apply especially to country-houses in which there may be a large influx of guests during the hunting season. Particular care should be taken of the warming of such a room, as leather and steel goods, when laid away, are very susceptible to damp. In regard to this, it may be borne in mind that stagnant air, even when warm, is more conducive to mildew than much colder air when freely circulated, and therefore that attention to ventilation is of great importance both in a harness-room and coach-house.
The fodder- or provender-room is indispensable where a large number of horses are kept. It should be fitted with bins overhead for corn, etc, and a chaff-cutter, and it is desirable that the corn-shoot and hay-shoot should discharge into this room instead of into the stable. These shoots are now made to measure the exact quantity of an ordinary feed for a horse. In large stables there may also well be an extra house for the storage of roots.
Fig. 584. - Saddle-airer.