Does your horse live in a stall?

I know there is a lot of conversation about the benefit of using Horse Stalls or letting your horse enjoy open paddocks. That conversation can go many directions.

Our management decisions found our horses spending most of their time in small pastures and usually brought in during inclement weather or prior to "Show Time". Everyone does not enjoy our mild Northern California climate and may need to provide more shade in burning summers and more protection from howling winds and cold rains.

So in reality most of us do need a facility to Stall our Horses occasionally...

The decision comes to what kind of "confinement" and how large?

The popular standards for Barn Horse Stalls, throughout the USA, seem to be 12' x 12' and 12' x 16'. This size offers "moving room"  for the usual 14 to 16 hand horse and covers most breeds. If the Stall is in a barn any will also provide outside access to a larger pen, if space allows.

Having the outside enclosed paddocks seem to allow a horse to fell less confined and usually produces a horse easier to work with. Outside Paddocks in addition to the horse stall are typically providing an area of 12' x 24' or 12' x 36'.

Pictured at right is MDBarnmaster Sliding Foaling Wall courtesy of
Norcal Structures, Corning, California >>>

12 x 16 horse stalls are the usual choice for stallions and broodmares, ready to foal. MDBarnmaster offers an interesting option to provide this "extra Room". Their Sliding (Movable) foaling wall can easily change the size of a Horse stall.

Interior stall spaces should be providing plenty of ventilation, even in the colder climates and also be safe from rough corners, splinters and the opportunity to Chew, a habit stalled horse occasionally develop.

The barn at left is showing spacious stalls at Silver Spurs Equine. This barn was sold and installed by Randy and his crew at Barnmaster Arizona

Wood-chewing, is another undesirable habit observed in horses, but it does not involve sucking in air; the horse simply gnaws on wood rails or boards as if they were food.

One way to guarantee not to experience splinters and chewing is to have your horse stalls made from Steel. MDBarnmaster has been a leader in the Industry for providing Kick-thru proof and "chew proof" Walls for several decades.

What are your opinion of Horse confinement and what size stalls do you prefer?

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