Originally Posted by Nokeen
My sister is building a small 2 horse barn with runs on her property, she was going to make them 12 by 16, with 16 by 24 long runs attached, but the person helping her make up the plans said it was a waste of money space and bedding to make stalls bigger than 12 by 12 unless you have draft horses. She came to me for clarification because we have always been told to make stall as large as you can but I don't have the answer because i've never put money into building or running a stable only working on them. So anyone who has actually built their barn from scratch, is the cost of materials and bedding worth the extra 4 feet or not?
If the horses spend much time inside I think it's worth it. I use my stalls mainly to separate them out for feeding or if the weather turns ugly, but mainly have mine out on pasture as much as is possible, so mine are 12 X 12 except for my 2 foaling stalls which are 12 X 20.