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How high are your stall door openings?

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  • How high are your stall door openings?

    We are building a new barn, met with the draftsman and contractor today. They are suggesting an 8 foot height for the stall door openings. My current stalls are 7 feet high and 48 inches wide. Anyone have 8 foot high stall openings?

  • #2
    Yes mine are 8 feet tall.
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    • #3
      Yeah, I think mine are 8' too.


      • #4
        Mine are 8 feet also.


        • Original Poster

          What type of stall doors do you have?


          • #6
            Rockin J Horse stalls. 8' x 48" opening. open grill top and bottom for better summer venalation.


            • #7
              Mine are just a hair over 7'.

              Dutch doors.

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              • #8
                Our stalls have the minimum 7' high doors due to a misunderstanding.
                8' is better, more room is always better.

                One caution with grills, especially wire mesh ones for ventilation, be sure stall walls and doors are solid a good 2' on the bottom.


                A horse moving around will easily kick out bedding into the aisle if under 2', not so apt to over those 2'.
                Also, a horse laying down and kicking out a bit to get up will easily hit under 2' and hang a shoe on any other than solid material.
                There are pictures on the internet of horses that the shoe caught when they kicked at wire mesh.
                Better not put any of that where horse's hooves regularly may hit, like those last 2' on the bottom of stalls.

                Here are some internet pictures of really nice stalls with too low a bottom and others safer, as they have more protection low down:


                • #9
                  Wasn't sure if you are talking about stall fronts (interior) or outside stall doors. On the inside, I have metal stall fronts on my stalls (where you buy the frame and add wood to them) and those have stall door openings of just over 7', with sliding stall doors. Stalls also open to the outside and those doorways are ~4'x8'. We originally had sliding doors on the outside too that were constructed by the barn builder, but they were never used and just a pain as the horses chewed on them and tore them up. So I pulled those off and now just have stall gates to close horses in or out of the stalls.


                  • #10
                    At our barn the stall fronts have the typical 7' ish openings with sliding doors, the lower half of the fronts are wood and the upper half are bars.

                    The back doors leading from stall to paddock are dutch doors that open into the stalls and secure with hooks that have a flip up guard to make them harder for the horses to open on their own. We do use snaps on a couple for extra security because fjords are really handy with their mouths. Haha!

                    Ideally we would love for the stall front doorways to be a bit wider than 4', because horses get tacked up in their stalls and 4' is a bit tighter than we would prefer when passing through with a saddle on. 4' is fine for the dutch doors though because horses are never tacked up when passing through those doors.

                    We have the dutch doors set up to be 4.25' tall on the lower half, with about 2 inches of clearance between the bottom edge and the floor to allow the doors to open and close without dragging bedding around. We don't use a ton of bedding because the stalls are all equipped with the air mattress style stall mats (we only use 1/2 to 1 bag of pellets, lightly fluffed, per stall, depending on how messy the horse is. My pony gets 1/2 bag because he never pees in his stall and will only poop if he is shut in for a longer period of time, such as when waiting for classes to start. His two neighbours get a full bag each because they almost exclusively use their stalls as toilets). We don't find that we lose all that much bedding to the paddocks even with the gap under the back doors .
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                    • #11
                      Mine are 8’ Dutch doors. 4.5’ bottom and 3.5’ top.
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                      • Original Poster

                        My concern is that I want sliding doors and 8' high is custom rather than getting the prefab ones that are usually 7' ish high. The doors I have now are 7' high and "off the rack".