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Horse stalls
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ken    Posted 10-09-2002 at 02:55:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
this is my first horse and i am building stalls in my barn what is a good size for each stall not sure how much room they need and i want to do it right thank you for the help

Thoroughbred    Posted 10-09-2002 at 10:08:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
We put 10x16 stalls in and am really glad we did. Had seen it in another barn and decided to try it.

As for pressure treated lumber, I wouldn't hesitate to use it as long as it's getting covered. All posts and bottom caps are treated in our barn.

kraig WY    Posted 10-09-2002 at 08:45:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think if I was gonna build stalls again I would make one side so it would open all the way out so you can get a small tractor/loader in to clean it out. If they have free acess to the stall seems like that's where they are going to do their job.
12 X 12 is about the normal size.

Kat in NJ    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:32:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ken, I used to have horses and the place I boarded at had 12x12 box stalls. I agree, though, with the comment that bigger is better if you're not going to leave them turned out all the time.

I've seen stalls built so that the walls stopped about a foot short of the ground -- this prevented any rotting problem at ground level.

Windows in the stalls are nice, too; one place I boarded at had them so the horses could hang their heads out in nice weather. You could close them up in bad weather, but they still let the light in.

As long as you're building from scratch, you might also want to consider how you set up your feed & hay storage, your tack room, and make sure you have room to maneuver a wheelbarrow around everything easily!

Stretch    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:17:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've got pretty big horses-both 16.1 hands-and we have 12 x 12 stall. They don't spend much time in them though. Most of their time is on pasture with some shelter available when they want it. We did like mentioned below and used salt-treated lumber for ground contact, regular lumber for the rest. And all horses do not crib or chew. That usually happens if they get bored-like spending too much time in the stall. They are grazers by nature. Even the most high-strung horse will be more calm given enough pasture time. And I believe the opposite is true.

LH    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:05:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with everything everyone has said. 10x10 is the minimum space required for a stall, but I prefer a 12x12. I don't believe in keeping horses stalled much unless they're sick or the weather is bad. Mine are on open pasture all the time and they do great.

Denny    Posted 10-09-2002 at 06:55:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
On the stalls that we built for our horses we built them 12x10 with a turnout area. I used treated lumber for the first three rows because of the constant contact with moisture. The rest of the way up was regular lumber. Good luck and enjoy your horses. Any other questions? If so be sure to post them.

Ray    Posted 10-09-2002 at 04:26:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Remember DO NOT USE pressure treated lumber in the stalls. Horses all crib (chew on the walls).
You said it was your first horse and I thought somebody should remind you just in case.

Valerie    Posted 10-09-2002 at 04:04:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The more room your horse has got, the happier he'll be, so give them as much room as you can afford and are willing to.

It also depends on how much time your horse is going to spend in there. If it is only a couple of hours a day, you can get by with a little over what they need for turning space, maybe about 10 by 12. But any longer than that and they'll go nuts.

For longer hours I'd have a stall no smaller than 12 by 15 bare mininum. But give those guys as much as you can give them - 20 x 20 would be good for constant use. It gets really boring in there. Let them out a lot. An exterior exit they get get out of themselves into an attached pen from each stall is really nice.

Also, remember that horses are tough creatures and being outdoors is natural to them. If you can, just give them free entry into the shelter and let them choose when to use it from pasture.

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