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  • Minimum Stall Size Requirement for Ponies

    What would be the minimum stall size for either a 12.2hand, 635lb welsh-ish pony or a 11.2hand, 450lb sheltand-ish pony?

    I may be acquiring my old pony that I sold 9 years ago. Which means I may be having to build another stall and I have limited room in my barn. She is the 12.2 hand pony but I can put her in the 11.2 hand pony's stall (it is a standard horse sized stall) and build him a new, smaller stall. Both ponies are big on rolling and laying down.

    Thanks in Advance!

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    Why build a stall to pony size?

    If you have to build a stall, why worry about building it "small" for a pony? Do you not have the space for regular sized stall?

    You should build it "normal" so that your pony AND any future horses (yours or future home owner) can use it.

    So I'd go with 12 x 12..... (or even 14 x 14 if you want flexibility for WBs, Drafts or foaling stall)

    EDITED: Oh, I saw that you might actually be limited on space? I'd still try to find a 12 x 12 area.....but I guess if you physically do not have the room, a 10 x 10 would be fine for a small pony.

    Our stalls are a little bigger than 12 x 12, and we have a 17.2 hand Belgian down to a 10.1 hand Shetland using them
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    • #3
      Some stalls at shows and racetracks are only 10'x10', so you should be able to get away with that for a pony. At one barn that I boarded at, my pony's stall was 8'x12' and it was never a problem. Pony is also big on laying down and rolling, never any problem with her getting cast. They seem to figure out the best way to lay down. Just make sure that you make the doorway wide enough. I saw doors in one barn that were barely 3' wide!! I don't know how they got even a pony, let alone a horse, through them!
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      • #4
        I think 10x10 will be ample space. I have a 16 hand horse in a 10x10 stall. He does just fine - lays down and rolls too. They will adapt. On the other hand, another barn has a medium pony in a 20x10 stall - and he got cast last week. As other have said - big, wide doors. Bedding, something to munch on, and clean water to drink. Assuming the pony gets plenty of fresh air and space to move, I think you'll be alright.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by In_ View Post
          I have a 16 hand horse in a 10x10 stall.
          Wow. why? I know in some circumstances it's necessary, but that's tiny for a big horse. I wouldn't keep anything bigger than a pony in a 10x10 for any length of time.

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          • #6
            10 x 10 is fine for ponies.

            Heck,when I showed at Devon years ago,the stalls we were allocated were'nt that big.
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            • #7
              Can they become buddies? and share a regular sized stall?? vs having to build another.

              I was just out at a friend's place today and he had two ponies in one stall. I had two full grown horses (they were the best of friends) and I put them together for awhile in a foaling stall (12x16) when I was tight on space. The only shut in time they did was for bad weather.
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              • #8
                Why not split the stall the pony is in now into two 6 x 12s? We had ponies (11.2, and 12.2) that were field boarded, but when it got cold, they came into 4' x 8' stalls. They did great in there, and ended up being in each night all winter, as they loved their tiny stalls. They did lay down at night, could turn around, etc.

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                • #9
                  I have two 12H ponies in 8x12 stalls now and they have plenty of room. In the past they have been in stalls as small as 6x10, and 7x8, all with plenty of room. If you want them seperated and have a 12x12, you could just split it into two 6x12 stalls with a removable wall in case you ever want it for a full size horse again.

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                  • #10
                    Our "pony" stalls are 12 x 12. I wish now we had made them bigger. I can't imagine keeping them in anything smaller.
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                    • #11
                      We have an 8 x 8 for Rye (he's only about 175 pounds) and a 10 x 12 by Firefly but they both prefer to be together in Rye's stall and even though Firefly is about 300 pounds there is more than enough room for both of them to move and sleep in there.
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                      • #12
                        Two of our two minis (one is 7hh and the other is 8hh) each have 9'ish x 10' stalls though, many times they end up sharing a big stall because the little stallion has a way with locks and latches... I can't imagine having a bigger pony in the stalls though honestly, but maybe that's just because I'm used to seeing the minis in there.

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                        • #13
                          My DD's 12.2 stocky pony has an 8 1/2' x 10' stall and he has plenty of room to lay down and do his thing.

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                          • #14
                            im sure whatever you can build for this pony will be fine!

                            i have two are now out 24/7 with a shelter but before the shelter they used to come in for bad weather, there stalls were only 10 X 11. and they are 16.3hh tb and 16+hh tb/belgian. they both have layed down in them too. also there shelter is 10 X 16 and they both fit in together just fine.

                            if your horse/pony has proper turnout stall size shouldnt be much of a concern. obivously if you have room, bigger is better but that doesnt always work. my stalls were built before the horses and no room to expand them, they lived.

                            imo, horses dont really move around that much more in a 12 x 12 than they do in a straight stall. if you are concerned about space, put them outside

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