?The size of the horse and the amount of time the horse spends in the stall
help determine stall size. Larger horses require more square footage
than do smaller ponies to be able to turn around, lie down, and get up
comfortably. A 12-foot x 12-foot stall is the standard recommendation
for a 1,000-pound horse. Many stables are successful with stalls
slightly smaller than this, but walls less than 10 feet in length are
?Generally, the stall wall length is 11?2 times the horse?s length.
The more time a horse spends in a stall or the more active it is, a
larger stall size is justified. A divider between two standard stalls
may be removed to allow more space for a mare and foal or a
stall-bound horse. An 8-foot-high stall partition is standard.
Partition height needs to be at least 7 1?2 feet to prevent horses
from getting legs over the wall. Most horses can kick as high as 7
feet. An 8-foot-tall by 4-foot-wide stall doorway opening has been the
recommendation for years; although this is not often seen in stables.?
?Typically, a twelve-foot by twelve-foot stall is considered
adequate for all horses. The actual dimensions are more like 11? 6" by
11? 6" because of standard lumber lengths. If the stall is much
smaller than this, there is not much room for them to turn around or
just get comfortable. Of course, if you are remodeling an existing
facility that was originally built with smaller stalls, then your
choices are somewhat limited. Maybe more turnout time is a good
If you are starting from scratch, however, then 12 x 12 stalls would
be a good thing to consider.
Maybe you won?t be able to fit as many horses in the same square foot
area, but the ones that are there will be much more content, which
could translate into less chewing, kicking, or maybe even less vet
bills. Anybody who boards at your barn will greatly appreciate that
you had their horse?s well being in mind when you built it. In
addition, lumber is very cost effective when a barn is built in twelve
foot increments, and rubber stall mats are usually designed to fit
inside a 12 x 12 stall without much waste.?
?The design and use of shelter facilities should promote the health,
well-being and good performance of horses throughout all stages of
! Natural or constructed shelter areas must offer adequate protection
from adverse weather conditions.
! Horses should be provided with a clean, dry area for lying down. In
all types of housing systems,
horses should be free to stand up or lie down comfortably at all times.
! Stall size should be calculated in relation to the size and weight of the animal.
! All stables/housing should have emergency evacuation capabilities,
including more than one available exit.
Planning a horse stall:
This is a stall manufacturer, but has some interesting ideas:
Hope this helps you out! Good luck with the horses!
horse stall size
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