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  • DIY Stall fronts?

    We're having a barn built with 5 stalls down one side. We'd like to build the stall fronts ourselves. Looking for pictures and ideas for the stall bars. Want it to look nice but not cost an arm and a leg like a lot of the pre-fab stalls. I plan on using the metal mesh gates with the yoke in it for the stall door.

    Would love to see pics of other DIY stalls!!

  • #2

    Has anyone tried iron wrought fencing for what SB is asking?
    Obviously it couldn't be sharp.
    "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
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    • #3
      I used gavlanized hog panels on some stalls I built years ago. Woked just fine and didn't look half bad.

      Kick boards went up about 4 1/2 feet and hog panel on top of that.


      • #4
        There was a thread on this recently. If you search stall fronts it should come up.


        • #5
          I would check into expanded metal. Some types are very nice. I like the full fronts (to the floor)

          We also years ago made our own bar fronts from 1"? aluminum piping (maybe it was galvanized?). We cut to the length we needed, drilled holes in top and bottom framing wood, and slipped them in. Then installed the unit on top of the wood walls. It was pretty cheap to build and looked nice.


          • #6
            me too

            Originally posted by Fairview Horse Center View Post
            We also years ago made our own bar fronts from 1"? aluminum piping (maybe it was galvanized?). We cut to the length we needed, drilled holes in top and bottom framing wood, and slipped them in. Then installed the unit on top of the wood walls. It was pretty cheap to build and looked nice.

            I did this too. The bars used were conduit.


            • Original Poster

              What size board do you need to fit the pipe without splitting the wood?


              • #8
                Originally posted by Sparky Boy View Post
                What size board do you need to fit the pipe without splitting the wood?
                We just used 2x4s, and 2x6s.


                • #9
                  We've done our last three barns this way... The front of the stalls are 2x6 boards 4.5 feet high with hog panels (heavy mesh with small squares at the bottom) sitting on the top board (stops chewing) and framed by the door frame on one side and the door frame of the next stall on the other and an overhead stringer board. Our stall doors are all on the left hand side of the stall and we have mesh stall screens on each door. You can see pictures on our web www.crosscreeksporthorses.com / Facility section among the pictures. Sorry I don't have a direct link. The hog panels have never caused any sort of problems and have held up for years...Look nice and neat, too.
                  Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


                  • #10
                    A slightly different version from hog panels; we took 4'
                    high diamond no-climb fence and stretched it across the
                    front and sides of the stall. Then my DH hammered the
                    ends of each section into the vertical support columns
                    which were treated wood 8x8s. Been in place for 15
                    years now and holding up well.

                    Our farrier had some horror stories about horses who
                    managed to get a leg between the vertical bars of stalls
                    when the bars were made of conduit. The conduit metal
                    is so easy to bend that a human can do it manually.
                    Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                    Elmwood, Wisconsin


                    • #11
                      We built the stalls in our old barn with hog panels at the tops. It was affordable, safe, and looked pretty good.



                      • #12
                        One local vet had the 8 stalls in one of their barns made out of chain link panels.
                        They are still using it 30 years later and say when they add on, that is what they will use, it has worked so well.
                        The whole 12' fronts are one large gate, 5" high, the sides are 6'.
                        Horses seem very peaceful in there, maybe because they can see well all around and it is airy.


                        • #13
                          Use 2" tongue and groove boards fitted horizontally. Cut off the top board tongue and drill for 7/8 or 1" aluminium tube http://www.speedymetals.com/c-8371-r...aspx?pagenum=2 Drill board similarly for other end of tubes and attach another board at 90 degs to it for strength.

                          Steel conduit goes rusty.

                          You would need to have a drill press or suchlike to get all the holes straight.
                          ... _. ._ .._. .._


                          • #14
                            Here's one of the previous threads.

                            These are DIY stall fronts as well, but DH can weld. Last time he welded any, the cost (materials only!) was pretty cheap- a little over $100 for the steel for one 12' stall . Welding them was the easy part- painting them is a PITA, even with a spray gun.


                            • #15
                              You can get an idea of how to use metal pipe and wood to install a DIY grill front on this page:


                              I know the owner, and he builds them all himself using some sort of metal pipe, and wood that is drilled out to fit the pipe into.
                              There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Robin@DHH View Post
                                The conduit metal
                                is so easy to bend that a human can do it manually.

                                THIS! Conduit is literally made to be bent. Every stall front or divider wall I have ever seen made out of conduit has, eventually, looked like ass. Not trying to offend anyone who has done it, just sayin...

                                We made our own stall fronts out out of angle iron, flat bar, and thick steel tubing. Pics here: http://fentressfieldseqcenter.intuit.../services.html



                                • #17
                                  The stall front we made out of galvanized ? pipe looked really good, but it would bend if under a pretty good amount of pressure, in an emergency, like with a horse's leg stuck. I am quite sure they could get it out. Not so easy to bend from just wear and tear. I had a stallion in that stall for about 10 years, and it was still in great shape.


                                  • #18
                                    2x6 rough cut oak boards set in channels up to 4 1/2 ft. Then a 2x4 on top. Use a hole drill to make holes for conduit.

                                    Mine have been there 14 years now and they look great. I'll PM you a pic tonight.
                                    Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                                    Witherun Farm


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Here's something I found at Ramm Fence. You could just order these and put your own conduit in. http://www.rammfence.com/products/de...Grill-Channels