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Firefilly
Jan. 20, 2010, 03:32 PM
We have access to a 20 x 20 barn. (I know - small, but its what we have to work with). We need to re-build the stalls that are in there. The hay and bedding can be stored in another building on the property. And we have two full Belgians - one is 17.3 and the other is 17.2. How big should we make their stalls? Obviously it is limited to only 10' wide, but how long should we make them? 12'? 14'? Or????

ChocoMare
Jan. 20, 2010, 03:54 PM
I'd do no less than 14 for the bigguns.

My big Percheron is quite comfy in her 14 X 16 (I have that luxury).

KristiKGC
Jan. 20, 2010, 04:53 PM
I would do 14' or 16', certainly no less than 14' (and my warmbloods are 17.2-18h so I understand your concerns)

kookicat
Jan. 21, 2010, 04:00 PM
Go as big as you can. Too big has less problems than too small. I'd say 16' at least.

AnotherRound
Jan. 21, 2010, 04:24 PM
16'. You want plenty of room for them to lie down and be able to get up and the 10' width may be even smaller if you split the space down the middle (divider wall).

Putting them side by side, you would have a 4'x 20 space at the end of the building not large enough for egress or grooming, but you could make storage. The doors into the stalls would have to be at the end on the outside of the building.

If you made them 14x10 side by side, you would have a 6x20 area at the end, large enough to indoor stall doors and an area to groom inside. Personally, if the horses could tolerat the 14x10 size stall I would want the indoor grooming area. I would also pour concrete and make a larger footprint with a shed overhang along all four sides of the building, if I could.

tangledweb
Jan. 21, 2010, 04:37 PM
If the leftover space is not useful you could consider angling the dividing wall and making them odd shapes rather than rectangular to make them bigger. Triangular would not be useful, but angling the wall and offsetting them would make them bigger but mean you get two small useless areas at the pointy ends. I'll try to draw a picture.



| \ |
| \ |
|-----\ H |
| \ |
| \ |
| H \-----|
| \ |
| \ |


(the bits with H in them are the stalls)

egontoast
Jan. 21, 2010, 05:27 PM
If you can have half walls instead of full walls it will make the stalls roomier for the horses (can hang heads/swing out when turning around etc.). If you can add dutch doors to the outside that will help as well.

Foxtrot's
Jan. 21, 2010, 05:37 PM
It is easier to clean out big stalls after you put the initial bedding in, as the poop does not get stirred around. They find their corner, and use that.

KristiKGC
Jan. 21, 2010, 06:10 PM
It is easier to clean out big stalls after you put the initial bedding in, as the poop does not get stirred around. They find their corner, and use that.


This is only true for some horses. My 18h horse can keep a 12x12 stall neat and tidy. My 17.2 boy could trash a 14x16 on a daily basis (ask me how I know)!

Chall
Jan. 21, 2010, 08:52 PM
I've wondered if round stalls would be beneficial for horses. Good thing no one asks me to design their barn.

Foxtrot's
Jan. 21, 2010, 08:55 PM
True - some horses are just pigs I guess!

ThatScaryChick
Jan. 21, 2010, 08:59 PM
We have access to a 20 x 20 barn. (I know - small, but its what we have to work with). We need to re-build the stalls that are in there. The hay and bedding can be stored in another building on the property. And we have two full Belgians - one is 17.3 and the other is 17.2. How big should we make their stalls? Obviously it is limited to only 10' wide, but how long should we make them? 12'? 14'? Or????

For horses of that size, I would make the stalls as big as I can get them. So, if you can go 14' or bigger, that is what I would do.

Firefilly
Jan. 22, 2010, 09:27 AM
Thanks everyone for your input. We do have another building that we can use for grooming, etc. However, I really like the one suggestion about adding an overhang around the entire building! Good idea!!!

Thanks again fellow COTHers! :) :)

AnotherRound
Jan. 22, 2010, 04:08 PM
Ooh, ooh, that was MY idea! I suggested that one!!!:winkgrin: