Your horse spends a lot of time in their stall. Here are some things he wants you to know will keep him happy and safe.
1. Size matters. 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 eachother. 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 have a bout of 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. 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. Sturdy hinges and hardware so that nothing in his stall breaks and becomes a danger.
9. Stall mats to make his floor comfortable to stand and lay on.
10. An automatic waterer ensures that you horse has plenty of clean, fresh water. Add a heater for warm water in the winter and your horse will be a happy camper.
Luckily, Classic Equine Equipment makes the Integrity Series that has all of these options. The Integrity series is perfect for existing barn retrofits or new construction. For more information on the Integrity series and all stall options, visit the Classic Equine Equipment web site.