Your horse spends a lot of time in their stall. Here are some things he wants you to know to keep him happy and safe.1. Take into account his size. While smaller horses or ponies can get by with a 10’x10’ stall, most horses need at least a 12’x12’ stall. Warmbloods or mares with foals may require larger stalls. The “rule of thumb” is a stall length should be 1-1/2 times the length of the horse so he has room to turn around and lay down.
2. At least an 8’ divider between his stall and his “neighbor.” A wall with an upper half grill at least part of the way across lets your horse see other horses without annoying them or causing trouble. Open space at the top of the stall dividers help the air circulate within the stall interior.
3. A stall made of strong materials so his neighbor’s hoof doesn’t come through if he decides to start kicking.
4. A ceiling at least 11’ tall so he doesn’t have to worry about hitting his head if he should get the urge to rear in his stall.
5. A stall with lots of light and fresh air. Windows and doors where he can see out will help keep him from being bored. Plenty of fresh air will help eliminate respiratory problems.
6. Doors that are wide enough and open outward so he doesn’t get banged in the hip when he walks out. Doors with yokes or Dutch doors allow your horse to hang is head outside and watch what’s going on.
7. Secure latches on the doors so he’s not tempted to play Houdini and escape.
8. Secure hinges and hardware so that nothing in his stall breaks and becomes a danger.
9. A floor that is comfortable to stand and lay on. Flooring with stall mats make for a happy horse.
10. Plenty of clean water. While buckets may be fine, they require regular cleaning. An automatic waterer ensures that your horse has plenty of freshwater. Add a heater for warm water in the winter and your horse will be a happy camper.
11. Easy feeding options – swing-out doors and hay racks so he can get his meals served quickly and easily.