Originally Posted by 4horseranch
Hello, I am new to horse forum. My wife and I just purchased a small 4.5 acre horse ranch/farm. I am new to horses my wife isnt, but my problem are the horse stalls, they are horrible, looks like the old owner tore all the good stuff out and replaced with just crap, and the floors are dirt, and full of manure and urine and I can't put my horses in them, I need some advice, or build, material list, or what wood and thickness is best!! Any help would be much appreciated!!
The stalls look REALLY small. The problem with 10 x 10s is that once they poop even if they stud pile there's no where to go. But I digress.
You're lucky with the dirt floors as it will aid in drainage.
Clean out the stalls down to the hard pan an make a small leach pit in the center of each stall and back fill with drainage rock in the hole and gravel like 5/8th minus till the stall is level. Rent a plate compactor and get it solid.
You can put rubber mats over this, but for the BEST long term solution, purchase something like hoof grid black over your lovely new base and cover with one more layer of gravel this layer doesn't need to be compacted. The hoof grid provides structure to the gravel and wicks all fluids away. Then you can cover with rubber mats or what I personally prefer, a single layer, porous/water permeable stall floor like Stall Savers.
I would also be worried about the boards being nailed or screwed with the board on the outside. Is the same reason you don't want wood fences constructed that way. Over time with horses pushing and leaning the nail or screw can't hold it and it slips.
If it were my barn, I would remove the stall wall planks, but keep them to reuse. Get some nice pressure treated 2 x 2s, 4 per wall about 5 feet tall. And nail two of the to the support beam. Not touching but whatever the width of the boards you removed are. They look like 2 x 6s. So the 2 x2s parallel with the support beam with a channel between them to slide the stall wall boards down and in to( once you've trimmed them to size.
These are sturdier b/c the 2x2s are screwed in perpendicular to the pressure of the horse and gives the wall board a more secure hold. Posted via Mobile Device