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post #11 of 25 Old 03-27-2013, 03:41 PM
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I have ceiling fans in my barn, but not above the horses stalls, but along the centre aisle, 4 in total spread down the barn. They are high enough that if a 17.3hh horse decides to rear (has happened on occasion) they still have lots of head clearance. So not sure how well that would work on a barn w a low roof.....These fans are good for circulating air, but don't really cool things down

I also have 2 large industrial fans that we use in summer at either end of the barn to push air. They are awesome....before that we used to give each horse there own fan on their stall as you described. But I found it always a pain in the ass to set up and take down, so when we purchased to 2 larger fans I thought to myself why didn't I do that sooner!
This past summer I still set up a box fan for our Mare w foal as our summer was so hot, and w foals not being able to regulate their temperature felt this was necessary to ensure they were both getting adequate air movement.

The large fans we have at either end of the barn are on all day, and depending on temperature at night shut off when we do our barn check. If temp doesn't go down adequately we leave them on.
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post #12 of 25 Old 04-04-2013, 09:21 AM
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My barn rafters are about 9' up and a $5 garage special box fan is wired to the top side of the rafters to prevent vibration from bringing it down. The horses love to stand under it.
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post #13 of 25 Old 05-03-2013, 01:47 PM
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Stall fans

As mentioned, the ceiling fans where I board were once used, but got so full of dust and grime- we went to box fans. What we did was to screw in cup hooks onto the edges of the fan so it hangs at any level depending on the horses height- (but we have rabbit wire, above the wood fronts. Also, took a while, but installed an outlet above the stall (way up). The cord isn't pretty but we do clip them all the same to make all stalls look the same- with zip ties.
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post #14 of 25 Old 05-03-2013, 01:52 PM
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Box fans, part 2

I forgot to say that we turn the fans upside down so they are in easy reach for speeds and on/off. Also- I like to have each on a timer to control the off/on.
We run them from 10am to 8pm depending.
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post #15 of 25 Old 05-03-2013, 02:03 PM
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I use box fans at each stall on the outside. I have stalls bars & they stop the horses from having access. I hang them with white plastic chain, cut to size so it looks neat. The screw holding the chain is high enough to be out of the way.
Very easy to put up & take down.
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post #16 of 25 Old 05-03-2013, 06:24 PM
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The large aisle fans are great for moving large amounts of air, but I have found that they don't necessarily move any air inside the stalls themselves. For inside the stalls, I prefer individual fans protected from any horses having access. A combination of the two kinds sure makes hot summer days & nights more bearable by all.
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post #17 of 25 Old 05-03-2013, 06:32 PM
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We have standard house ceiling fans in our stalls, and one outside over the hay racks. Theyre at about 10' above floor level and plugged into truss mounted outlets that are wired to wall switches for ease of control. They work wonders for air flow, and controlling flies - the down draft screws up their flight capability - especially good outside. The horses love them. Use a broom or ceiling fan brush to clean them from ground level.
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post #18 of 25 Old 05-27-2013, 10:42 PM
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We have ceiling fans in our barn also.. They do get dusty but the occasional dusting them isn't bad,and that's usually during the winter months they get bad.. We have a ceiling fan brush that extends enough to reach the fans.. All of our stalls have their own fan but they all run off of the same switch(we can change speed if we got on the ladder,lol),the cords are covered,so no visibility of them at all. We have almost no flies from the fans and automatic fly sprayers.

Horses have no way of reaching the fans even if they were to rear!

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post #19 of 25 Old 05-30-2013, 01:30 PM
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We have 2 fans above our stalls, and they work great! They are probably 20+ feet above the stalls, and we can still feel a light breeze from them
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post #20 of 25 Old 05-30-2013, 07:01 PM
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FANS .. That would nice ! I don't have a barn , it is an open barn or what is called a mare motel , but I do have a mist line run for when it is over 100 F
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