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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = animal_keeping
Open stable Velm Neuhaus.jpg
An area of land that is used to keep animals Edit or translate this description.
Group: Landuse
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Status: in use


The tag landuse=animal_keeping can be used to map an area that is used to keep animals, particularly horses and livestock.


Draw the area where the animals are kept and apply the tag landuse=animal_keeping to it.

Besides the main tag landuse=animal_keeping the following sub-tags can be used for further refinement:

  • animal_keeping=*<animal>, where <animal> means the name of the animal (english singular form). If more than one species is kept, provide a semi-colon-separated list, e.g. animal_keeping=sheep;cow .
  • animal_keeping:type=*=open_stable/paddock/...


Tags Description Photo
An open stable for horses.
Note for native speakers: In the UK the term open stable is rather unknown, because for some legal reasons those are non-existing there. Somehow similar is a field shelter - also sometimes called free barn. Contrary to an open stable the facilities within the area (like e.g. feeding stations, watering places, ...) have to be moveable. Consider using landuse=farmyard instead
Open stable Velm Neuhaus.jpg
A paddock for horses. Also valid for the open-air area of a paddock box. Consider using landuse=farmyard instead. For the closed area of a paddock box see building=stable.
Note: For pasture use landuse=meadow and preferable meadow=pasture.
Paddock 2006 by-RaBoe.jpg

See Also

There are two similar tags that are more common:

  • landuse=meadow is commonly used for areas of meadow and pasture for livestock grazing
  • landuse=farmyard is commonly used for areas with farm buildings, including stables and barns, and is sometimes used for cattle yards, paddocks, and livestock pens.


The proposal for this tag was not further maintained, but the tag has gained significant use.