The Walker Stable


This 1 inch to the foot or 1/12 scale model of a horse stable was a labor of love between my father and myself in 1977, when I was 18 years old. Made to fit classic sized Breyer model horses.The photos show the building progression from the foundation to the finished stable (top photo).

The stable was used often as a backdrop for photographing model horses for photo shows. Live model horse shows, except for the Model Horse Congress, were non-existant.It was built like a real building, in the round so that it could withstand weather conditions. I repainted it every spring. The grass is astroturf.It was six feet long and 3 feet wide, and had a tack room and hay lofts, which I never photographed. There were 16 stalls, eight on each side, with small wood shavings from pencil sharpeners for bedding. All the doors of the stable worked correctly using tiny brass hinges.The roof of the stable lifted off so that the inside could be maintained, otherwise access was through the doors only.

I'm assuming the stable does not exist anymore. It was left behind when I graduated college and moved because it was permanently attached to the ground and because it was so large. I can only image what the new owners of the house thought about it (grin).The tractor is an Ertle toy Ford tractor. All tack and props were hand made.

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