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  1. #1
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    Default 4 horses, 3 stalls...

    Anybody have a creative solution that could make this work? Horses are rarely locked in...lots of pasture but not much natural shelter besides a small grove of trees (enough for shade but not real shelter from wind)...usually come and go as they please except in the worst weather...which would be my concern...

    I feel ridiculous for even considering this. Hate to pass up an opportunity for the *perfect* horse for me, but will probably have to if I can't find a workable solution...so, magical ideas, anyone?
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    run in shed? Build an overhang off the barn? Or build external stall that uses outside of barn as back wall?



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    I ended up converting the wash stall to an over flow stall for a while. I did have an outdoor wash stall as well.
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    If you don't need the stalls, perhaps you could knock out the walls and have a large run in instead.
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    Can two horses share a stall? I have a pair here who are so inseparable they need to. I was dubious about doing this, but the owner (an equine vet) told me that when she had a breeding farm, and not enough stalls, they would do this.

    Otherwise, I would think using the stalls as a run-in (whether you knock the walls out or not . . . if two horses share a bay, three bays is enough for four horses.



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    I have a 3-stall barn, built in the shedrow style with all 3 in a line with a large overhang in front that doubles as my run-in shed. The far wall on the end extends all the way out to the edge of the roof overhang to provide a wind/weather break. When I acquired my 4th horse, I simply hung a feed bucket in the corner of the outside of the last stall and the "break" wall. During times of bad weather, I simply open the doors to all the stalls so everyone has a place to go and won't be stuck arguing for a spot under the overhang. If I specifically need to put everyone in stalls, I close the gate at the end of the aisle. The 4th horse simply gets to use the whole aisleway as a stall. Not the best situation, granted, but it's been working for a year now.

    Like someone else mentioned, I knew a lady who added another stall on the backside of her barn (which used to be used for storage), using the outside wall as the 4th wall. She used round pen panels to make up the other 3 sides.



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    I have 2 stalls with currently 2 horses and 2 mini donks, but have had as many as 5 horses and the 2 minis (that was FUN! and short lived!). I have semi-regularly had 3 horses + 2 donks.

    I find that the horses usually all go in a stall together, and the donkeys get the other stall. Maybe that's just my goofy animals, but I have never had a problem with anyone not getting out of the weather.



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    Do you have an aisle? You could gate it off/clear it of anything in it and use that in a pinch. Over all I would make a run in off the barn, an over hang with two sides.



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    Another vote for simply adding a run in shed.



  10. #10
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    Why not build a shed? They are fairly inexpensive and easy to do. Heck ours right now is a simple metal carport anchored with rebar, then framed with some wood posts on the inside so I could put up one shade wall.

    In your barn, for short-term situations, you can always just block off the aisle or part of it and let horsie hang out there for a night if it's not a troublemaker.



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    A run in shed would be the easiest solution I believe.



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