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    07-29-2011, 12:02 AM
  #1
Foal
No fans allowed??

Hello...I board at a modest older boarding stable in Ohio. It is partial care where we clean our stall and wash out water bucket and barn owner supplies feed, hay, waters and supply sawdust. She does not do any turn outs.

It has been extremely HOT. The other day a younger girl who boards there told me my 18 yr old TB, Caesar was breathing really heavy and was sweaty. I got over there and the barn owner asked if I wanted to move him to a stall closer to the end of the aisle near the doors. I did. I have heard her tell people more than once that she does not allow fans in the barn. Now,..my older retired racehorse is obviously not dealing with the heat well...do any of you think this is ridiculous?...I kinda do. Her turn out areas have no shade, except one but that one is strictly for her horses only. It's probably one of the more reasonable priced barns in my area but sometimes I feel she doesn't seem to care about the boarders horses much at all...why couldn't we use fans just during this heat?..is it a fire hazzard or is it because the electric use?
     
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    07-29-2011, 12:16 AM
  #2
Banned
It's been soooo hot everywhere lately, and I cannot imagine not having a fan on the horses!!

I assume she is worried about the fire risk. When we were barn shopping, some facilities provided fans, others did not.

We are super paranoid horse owners so we wouldn't board anywhere without a fan. Where we are at now is a private farm, no other boarders, just the barn owners chickens. They, the BOs, did not want a fan hanging from our two horses stalls due to the aisle being full of extension cords, one of which got wet and electrified the metal siding on the stable building. So, they compromised, knowing the horses needed a fan, but not wanting fans hanging from the stall front or having extension cords running through the aisle....they bought a huge 60 inch barn fan that we set in front of their two side by side stalls, and they get tons of air. They have dutch doors and they hang their heads out the door and their forelocks blow around so much it looks like they are doing a photo shoot!!! Lol
Both ends of the stable have walls that are doors, and both huge door/walls are opened, as is a small side wall which is at the wash bay, so they have open walls on both ends and a small wall/door on the side.

I understand your barn owner's caution on this matter ....however, as a horse owner, I want my horses to stay cool in the brutal summer heat.....so I wouldn't accept the no fan policy. On the other hand if the barn was rigged with extension cords, I wouldn't be happy either....

So, it is a catch 22 situation.

I do think a good solution is to get a huge barn fan and blow it down the aisle for air circulation. I know our stable building can get very hot and stuffy, so just sticking your horse in the barn gets them out of the sun, but barns can get hot and stagnant.....a barn can heat up and become like an oven.
     
    07-29-2011, 12:55 AM
  #3
Showing
She may not have the wiring or electrical capability to support a barn full of fans running all at once. Sort of like having your computer, TV, stereo, curling iron, and blow dryer all plugged into the same plug and running at the same time. If the electrical system and breaker box isn't set up for that much draw, then you will constantly be blowing fuses and flipping breakers and that can become a fire hazard very quickly.
     
    07-29-2011, 02:01 AM
  #4
Yearling
I'm in Texas where the heat index has been 115. I have a ceiling fan in each stall, and then we add a box fan in the winter to each stall. We also have a large fan at the end of the isle way to keep the air moving and then we have a ceiling exhaust fan that vents out the cupola on the roof of the barn... so you can probably guess my position on this matter lol.

I'm sure there is a reason she has the rule... fire hazard or electricity wattage is probably the reason why but you should ask her anyway. Temps across the country are record breaking and IMO is a good reason to bend the rules. All you can do is ask....the worst thing she can say is no right? Box fans don't draw a lot of electricity but if you are running several of them this may very well be the case.

If you can, email your request and add a few suggestions. My email would say
"Sally, Thank you for moving Spot to a better ventilated stall, it has helped some but I'm still concerned about Spot in this heat. A few boarders have approached me with concerns as well. I was wondering if you will be making exceptions to your "no fans rule" due to this record breaking heat we've had this season? Or perhaps make an exception for older horses? I understand that it may be difficult due to electricity restrictions, costs and/or possible fire hazards. If budget is the concern, I would be more than happy to purchase a fan and pay extra for the electricity usage. I hope we can work something out.. I'm open to other ideas if you have any too. Thank you for your time and consideration... Have a great weekend!"
     
    07-29-2011, 04:26 AM
  #5
Banned
Ask her what her reasons are, it is a reasonable question.
     
    07-29-2011, 11:52 AM
  #6
Yearling
Yes I agree. Ask the BO why she doesn't want fans. I'm sure she has a logical reason.
     
    07-29-2011, 01:08 PM
  #7
Super Moderator
There was, recently, a huge recall on several box fans. They had a defect that caused parts of the motors to sieze and melt. I have heard of near misses for fires. I wonder if any barn fires have been linked to these defective fans. How awful for this to happen.

That may be why the barn owner won't allow them. AND, as has been suggested, the barn wiring MUST be able to handle the draw of a bunch of fans.

If the wiring is adequate, maybe you could ask her if you could provide an UL approved COMMERCIAL quality fan ($$$) and give her 10.00 a month for the extra electricity usage.
     
    07-29-2011, 01:09 PM
  #8
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
If the wiring is adequate, maybe you could ask her if you could provide an UL approved COMMERCIAL quality fan ($$$) and give her 10.00 a month for the extra electricity usage.
Great suggestion!
     
    07-29-2011, 01:27 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
There was, recently, a huge recall on several box fans. They had a defect that caused parts of the motors to sieze and melt. I have heard of near misses for fires. I wonder if any barn fires have been linked to these defective fans. How awful for this to happen.

That may be why the barn owner won't allow them. AND, as has been suggested, the barn wiring MUST be able to handle the draw of a bunch of fans.

If the wiring is adequate, maybe you could ask her if you could provide an UL approved COMMERCIAL quality fan ($$$) and give her 10.00 a month for the extra electricity usage.
*nods head in agreement*
     
    08-02-2011, 12:44 PM
  #10
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
If the wiring is adequate, maybe you could ask her if you could provide an UL approved COMMERCIAL quality fan ($$$) and give her 10.00 a month for the extra electricity usage.
Yes.

The box fans you get at Walmart for $15 are not rated for barn use. The amount of dust and such that gets into the motor can cause the motor to have pretty serious issues.


OP, did you talk to your barn owner?
     

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