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Stall doors: corner or centre of stall front?

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  • Stall doors: corner or centre of stall front?

    Building on the success of my recent post about bucket brackets - who knew there were so many options - I have another question...

    Do you prefer stalls with the sliding door in one corner, or centred in the middle of the stall front?

    I can see pros and cons for both - just wondering what other people's experiences and ideas might be!

    I think I'd prefer to have the door centred in the middle of the stall front, but I'm very open to input for or against.

    We're only talking sliding doors here, not dutch doors - I generally prefer dutch doors myself, but in the situation we're considering, they won't be possible, and anyway, that's not my titty question of the day today.
    Last edited by Romany; Nov. 21, 2010, 02:37 PM. Reason: distracted by wandering smilies

  • #2

    Center... Then one can muck the stall into a wheelbarrow at the doorway, with the least number of steps. The center also has the heaviest material. I have corner doors now and wish for centered doors.

    Even better, swing away sides so the tractor can scoop all the stalls in one pass.
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    • #3
      I like the swing away idea! Our barn guy would be in heaven.

      Also a center door is safer, I think, because you have better access to the horse. With a corner door, you are already cornered!


      • #4
        I like them in the corner....gives me more stall room to deal with a foal, weanling or yearling that I need to crowd into the other corner for some reason. Also think it is sturdier...not sure that this bears up but it just seems that way to me to have one side of the door frame also be the corner of the stall...if in the middle then both sides of the door frame are on a wall and have no cross bracing of any kind.
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        • #5
          I prefer mine in the corner. I have blanket racks on each stall front and you won't be able to use a centered door in this scenario. If you don't put anything else on your stall front, then a centered door would work.

          I also have removed the stall bars from the opposite end of the door to let the horses hang their heads out. I don't like leaving doors open with a stall guard when I'm not around. In this case, a centered door could cause problems when opening. You'd have to make sure the horse had its head back when opening the door.

          If you have trunks in front of stalls, a centered door may also be an issue.

          To be honest, I've never seen a barn with doors centered. There must be a reason(s) that barn owners prefer doors at one end of the stall.

          I would also consider resale - not everyone would like centered aisle doors on stalls.


          • #6
            Corner. I like to feed at the front of the sall and with the door in the corner that give me lots of room for their hay, grain and water all together. I don't like having their butt at me if I need to go into their stall. Feeding time is when I do alot if things with my horses so I find this the most safe. My barn right now has the doors in center and it is a pain.
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            • #7
              Here are mine. I have them on the end.
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              • #8
                I prefer corner/end, because I like to utilize the wall space outside the stall (along the aisle) for hanging things and there is more room on an eight-foot-long section than two smaller sections on either side of a door. Also it gives the horse more space to stay away from the doorway if it's one of those critters that seems to think of their stall as a refuge or personal space.
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                • #9
                  It's not black and white is it!

                  My inside doors are in a corner, outside doors in the middle.
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                  • #10
                    Corner for me. I like to have feed and water in the stall front, and this gives more space. I also like that I can enter the stall, and have the horse be away from me for safety--push them over so I can access the stall/feeders/buckets.

                    My dutch doors to the outside are also in the corner, straight across from the corner inside doors. Again, I can open and shut doors without having a horse in my space. For me, it seems safer for horse and human.
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                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by tasia View Post
                      Here are mine. I have them on the end.
                      Yebbut, Tasia, I think we already know that you have the nicest barn around. I am in deeeep admiration of your barn, sob.

                      Anyway, back to MY barn.

                      It's interesting that a fair few of you prefer the door to be in one corner BECAUSE you pop stuff in the front of the stall; the way I figured it, I'd hang the water bucket in one front corner, and put the hay and the feed bucket (which in my barn goes on the floor, and is removed after the meal so it doesn't become either a football or a toboggan) in the other front corner, and that's one of the reasons I was hoping for centre doors.

                      I'm guessing the reason we don't see as many barns with stalls with centre doors is because it's presumably simpler = quicker = cheaper to produce one, say, 8' wall, than two 4' walls.

                      I agree about where to put the blanket racks if you have them on the stall fronts, however ours will just be a little 6-stall private barn, and we hang the blankets either on racks along the tack room wall in the aisle, or on modified laundrey pulleys suspended from the rafters:



                      • #12
                        Thanks, but it's really just a safe pole barn. Nothing super fancy. I've got my blankets hanging on the front of the stall doors from stall guards that I just clip on with double end snaps. My doors are on the end and the water bucket is hung next to door opening and I have corner feeders for the grain.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Eleanor View Post
                          Corner. I like to feed at the front of the sall and with the door in the corner that give me lots of room for their hay, grain and water all together. I don't like having their butt at me if I need to go into their stall. Feeding time is when I do alot if things with my horses so I find this the most safe. My barn right now has the doors in center and it is a pain.
                          This is actually the reason that when I get my own barn again I want the doors centered. The grain and hay can go in one corner and the water in the opposite corner.

                          This comes from having a horse that tends to eat, weave, and dribble - when his water and grain are close together the water quickly gets gross. (BTW, his teeth are fine etc. - this is just the way he is.)

                          Also, any time you have sliding doors you will not be able to use 4' of the front to hang things, though you can fit a trunk there by simply leaving a gap.



                          • #14
                            I've always fed my horses in the back of their stall. I want them to have their privacy/peace and quiet and they tend to feel less threatened/aggressive when fed away from the goings on in the aisleway. It also helps keep water buckets cleaner.


                            • #15
                              Corner - specifically corner facing corner for each 2 stalls.
                              (grrrr...can't post a pic of mine...)

                              What I mean is corner doors but not the same corner. For each 2 stalls the doors are adjacent to each other.
                              That way when I feed I can do both stalls in one pass.
                              Open doors, toss in hay, fill grain bucket, close doors.

                              I hung water buckets under the feed openings in the grillwork to make refilling buckets easier.
                              Grain buckets go next to those.
                              I prefer feed pans on the ground but one of mine plays hockey with his, so he has a bucket hung.
                              And yes, he is a haydunker, so his water bucket gets dumped & refilled daily.
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                              • #16
                                If I could have had 'as many' stalls as I wanted, or could have had them much (!) bigger than they are...I probably would have said in the corners.

                                But in my case, existing outbuilding was very small, and could only hold two (smaller) stalls. so, I put doors in the centers, so that the dividing wall between the two stalls (put in with screws) could, if need be at a later date: be removed entirely for one big stall, or...moved over to make one mini stall and one larger stall... or one tack stall /storage and one larger stall, etc..
                                that way, the doors would still open into each stall.
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                                • #17
                                  When I chose my corners, I chose them to be the same corner, so no 2 horses could get to each other. But, I also have very open stall doors, just works for me right now. Horses getting to each other via adjacent corner doors would be less of an issue, or a non-issue, if there are actual doors
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                                  • #18
                                    We did corners in our barn. Mostly because we were building them ourselves, and that involved sinking the smallest number of posts.
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                                    • #19
                                      Ours are in the center for 2 reasons -

                                      First, we have stall chains and it keeps them from visiting each other and second I HATE grain in the water buckets so feed tubs are in one corner and water and hay are in the other.

                                      Also have centered dutch doors on the back of each stall so it helps the ventilation.


                                      • #20
                                        I like mine in the middle. Not sure I have any real reason behind it- it's just what I'm used to.
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