The horse stalls that you use in your barn are trusted with keeping your horse enclosed and safe. That’s a big order, especially when it’s your personal horse who will be housed by the stall. Not all horse stalls are made the same, and there are some important points you should use to evaluate horse stalls.
Design and Overall Safety
When choosing a stall, your first priority should be your horse's safety. Look for horse stalls that have been designed to be solid and safe. When assembled, a stall should have no protruding edges or loose panels. Look for gaps between the stall boards where a hoof could become stuck, and inspect how solidly the stall door latches. Remember that a stall must withstand the full weight of a horse when he scratches or itches himself against the side, and if horses get excited, the stall must be strong enough to hold up under the force.
When evaluating a stall’s safety, pay special attention to the spacing between grill bars. If the stall grill bars have too much space between them, then a horse's hoof could get stuck, possibly leading to a devastating injury. Classic Equine Equipment grillwork is designed so that top grillwork features 1” bars set on 3” centers, while lower grillwork bars are set on 2 ½” centers; this careful design ensures that even small hooves cannot become trapped.
Quality of Products Used
The quality of the products used in your stalls directly affects the stall’s usable lifetime. When buying stalls, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best products. Lower quality metals and woods are weaker and will degrade more quickly than quality stall components will.
For instance, many stalls use black steel, which is the same type of metal used in horseshoes. Black steel is prone to rusting, and within a few years stalls made of black steel will be rusty and weakened. Classic Equine Equipment opts to use a higher quality pre-galvanized steel to avoid the rusting issue entirely. Additionally, Classic Equine Equipment stalls use high quality hardware, including hinges, designed to last and outperform other lesser-quality stalls.
Treatment Processes of Metal
It’s important to be aware of the standard treatment for the metal bars and components of stalls. Most manufacturers use black steel and paint it to prevent rusting. However, when that paint chips or wears off, the steel is exposed to air and moisture and will rust. As the rust progresses, the rest of the paint will flake off, causing even more rust.
Rather than painting black steel, Classic Equine Equipment uses pre-galvanized steel. The pre-galvanized steel is then covered with a thin layer of zinc, a powerful rust inhibitor. This zinc layer will not be chewed or chipped off, resulting in a long-lasting quality stall. Quality of Welds on Metal When welding is involved, the type of welding makes a big difference in the stall’s quality and safety. Full welds are the safest and strongest option, but many stalls feature only tack welds, which are partial and generally considered to be temporary welds. Classic Equine Equipment stalls are all fully welded for excellent strength and durability, and the welds are carefully finished to avoid rough and unsightly edges.
When choosing your horse stalls, make sure that you are buying a quality product that is designed to last and to keep your horses safe. We at Classic Equine Equipment are happy to help you find the perfect stall for your barn!
Original Source: What to Look for When Buying Horse Stalls