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post #1 of 3 Old 10-13-2013, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Making a new stall.

We've decided that we're going to section off a portion of our back stall into a regular sized stall. Our back stall is normally the size of six regular stalls so we'd like to portion off a sixth of it into a temporary night-use only type of stall.

Since the back stall is used during the day by all the horses as a type of run-in shelter, we'd like it to be it's full size during the day and just section it off at nights.

The area we'd like to section off is on one side of the barn. It has an automatic watering system. We would ideally like to section it off in a way that half of the watering system is in the new stall and the other half is in what would be left of the back stall.

We want to do this because we have two horses we keep back there at night (the three openings to the outside all shut at night) and we'd like to separate them at night but need them both to have access to water.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what to use? It needs to be rather light so it can be moved often, but still durable so that the horses don't mess it up.

We thought about a gate of some sort that we could just swing across and then tie off to the side during the day, but I'm not sure your average gate would be long enough to cover the distance (about 20 feet).

We'd split the back stall 50/50 but the watering system isn't in the middle of the barn, it's off to a side.

If anyone has any ideas, that'd be great. And post pictures if at all possible.

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-14-2013, 09:23 AM
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They make farm gates 20' in length.
Your horses get along so having a "HIGH" divider I don't think is such an issue.

Although the space is 20' in length, you could do two gates of even length (10'x2=20') or a combination of sizes...
This could allow you to actually leave one part of the gate stationary and just have to move the other piece at night into position...it would allow free movement and you to not kill your back.
If you do 20' length it is not as easy to handle and move around...
I would use a "round" pipe gate not flat stocked gate as rounded is less injury possibility from sharp edges hopefully.

They make the gates as all pipe or you can also get a mush filled bottom section. I have seen the openings from 4"x4" to 2"x4" much smaller... depending upon your horses and if they roll and lay down at night and how close to the "sides" they get might make my determination of what I would purchase.

Happy shopping and good luck in your project.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-14-2013, 04:11 PM
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I just installed a 16 foot gate and it is heavy and requires a ton of support just to stay vertical. I would suggest a 12 foot round pen panel and an 8 foot gate.
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