So here is my question. I have two possible locations to have them installed.
Option 1) in my wash stall that is 12X12. The benefit to this is obvious in that it will have easy access to the water, lights, drain, etc. Downside is lost function of the wash stall for other stuff...although I guess I can always bath a horse in the stocks. Also, I have had this barn for 5 years and have never used the wash stall yet I have an outdoor wash area that we always seem to use so it wouldn't be a real loss of use of the space as we do things now.
Option 2: in my aisle (12 ft wide) lengthwise against the front of the stall next to the wash stall. Benefit of this is still close access to water, lights, etc. and I can put a foal in the stall while mom is in the stocks and they can still see each other. Downside is stocks will take up some of the width of the aisle.
Obviously I wish I had a dedicated separate wash stall only for the stocks...but sadly not an option I have to work within the confines of my existing barn!
Anyone have either of these set ups? Likes? Dislikes? Other options suggestions?
I Bought, and never used, a top of the line breeding stocks that has wheels that can be let down. It has the plate on the bottom, padded sides and is very heavy. With the wheels, it can be moved to another spot for storage after breeding season! This might be a good plan for you. Mine is in stoage now, and I will sell it. PM me
Last edited by Joshua's Mom; Mar. 27, 2013 at 08:56 AM.
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I vote for the wash stall. You can always put a roof over your outdoor washrack at a later date.
Also, if possible I would have the stocks made of round pipe not square. If a horse gets a leg over or thrashes, round pipe is more forgiving.