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post #1 of 25 Old 03-21-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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ceiling fans in stalls?

Again, I'm not the horse person in the family, but I am the project manager of a barn I am building for my daughter (and chief financial officer). I have seen box fans providing air circulation in stalls that were tied in place with bailing twine and cable ties. Those cheap box fans do move a lot of air, but I was thinking I like the idea of a ceiling fan more in a stall,
What are your experiences!
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post #2 of 25 Old 03-21-2013, 08:33 PM
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I've never had myself, as I have a big run-in on our breezy hill for my mares. However, I've seen some awesome ads in farm supply catalogs that are very appealing for those hot summer days! They're actually huge, and meant to be placed on the ceiling of the center aisle, thus circulating air nicely throughout. Great idea! :)
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post #3 of 25 Old 03-21-2013, 08:37 PM
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You have to make absolutely sure that the fan was so high up that a rearing horse couldn't come into contact with it. By the time you got it up that high, I am not sure it would provide much benefit.

You can buy mounts for the box fans so that they don't have to be ghetto-rigged up. Stall Mount Box Fan Holder Apple Picker (Stable Equipment Supplies - Stalls)

I tie 'em up with baling twine though and we have a giant round commercial fan that we put in the aisle. It's LOUD though so we have to turn it on a few times before the farrier comes when the heat hits so everyone is used to it and not freaking out for the farrier.
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I have seen these in a new 200 stall facility and they were great!

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post #5 of 25 Old 03-21-2013, 08:54 PM
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I think if you put a grate/mesh wire (sturdy) under the fan you could do fans a little lower.

I will say though that I absolutely LOVE the industrial sized fans similar to the picture anebel postes. We have them at work and they are real life savers..I always hate it when I get stuck sweating like a pig in the back corner that doesn't even have one remotely close.

I hate the box fans that are twined up because I always seem to forget they're there and smack my head of them, lol.
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
I have seen these in a new 200 stall facility and they were great!

It's called a "Big Ass Fan".

Cupolas are traditionally built into barn for that very reason. You install fans up there to draw the hot air up and out.

Baling twine is ghetto?? that must be my problem.....
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I like your suggestion! I like the product! Thanks!
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post #8 of 25 Old 03-21-2013, 09:41 PM
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Knowing how dirty the ceiling fan can get inside my house, I'd hate to think of how gross one would get over a stall in a dusty barn. I would worry about the dirt gumming up the mechanics in a normal ceiling fan. I prefer the box fans simply because I can move them around to point at the spot where each horse prefers to stand, so I know they are actually getting the most relief. I can also take them down and clean them in the fall before I store them.

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post #9 of 25 Old 03-21-2013, 09:46 PM
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May I suggest, an exhaust fan. Built into the barn wall. Can be on a temp controller.
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post #10 of 25 Old 03-22-2013, 08:36 AM
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We use the metal round fans with a fan hanger and yes sometimes we need a strand or two of bailing twine or zip ties to tighten them to the stall or they rattle. I agree I kinda hate how it looks but they're only hung in the hottest part of the year, put where I need them and then cleaned and stored for the next year. Whatever you choose make sure all cords are not within reach of the horses because some will chew on them.
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