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    12-01-2011, 10:26 AM
  #11
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I think that a standing stall would be fine if the horse had atleast 3-5 hours of pasture time every day, as well as good 4+ workout rides every week. Otherwise, I really don't like them. It's always best for a horse to be able to move, in order to keep healthy. It helps them digest their food and keep good circulation in their bodies. If they're going to be left in their stall almost 24-7, then it's just not healthy for them. A standing stall should also be picked atleast 2 times every day and be well ventilated, IMO.

We recently brought in four OTTBs and two sucklings from the Sam Houston Racetrack. All six horses were crammed into three nearly standing sized stalls (10 by 10 I believe?), incapable of moving more than a few inches. Two have severe thrush, all of their muscles are atrophied, and one has lung problems due to the ammonia produced by all of them. It's sort of a 'worst case scenario' but it does show that bad ventilation and no chance to stretch out and do what horses do can ruin a horse.

So, good exercise, access to pasture, and good ventilations and I'm good with a standing stall. Otherwise, I'd say just put in the extra money for a box stall.
     
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    12-01-2011, 04:15 PM
  #12
Weanling
I'm w Always and MLS...I have no problem w tie/standing stalls.
As long as they are big enough for the horse to lay down if they want, and can move forward and backwards to shift weight and such then they are fine imo.

At the stable I worked at prior to buidling my own place we had them for the smaller horses and ponies, we also had some full sized horses in them.

And as w any stall no matter the size or shape if they need to be cleaned properlyto avoid hoof problems....
They are easier to clean when a horse is occupying it,then a box stall imo as well, as the manure n pee is easily assecible w out having to enter the stall.
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    12-01-2011, 04:41 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Agree with above posts. The only standing stalls I use are in my slant-load trailer. =D
     
    12-01-2011, 07:46 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by DutchFeather    
God yes, thank you. Where was my head at yesterday? I meant Thrush. And then if they have it long enough, you get White Line Disease and t's just a never ending battle. Thrush. Not founder! Sorry! My grandfather has standing stalls and his two horses have thrush really bad. I try to take care of their feet when I can, but, he's an old farmer who doesn't pay much attention besides making sure they have a fresh pair of shoes in every 6 weeks.
yeah white line is a pain in the... uh... haunches. Did he clean out the stalls often?
     
    12-02-2011, 08:01 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by myhorsehasmentalissues    
yeah white line is a pain in the... uh... haunches. Did he clean out the stalls often?
The stalls are cleaned everyday. He cleans in the morning when he puts the horses out, and also scrapes the stalls back a few times a night and puts fresh bedding under them. But, they are standing in their own urine and manure, so even if you clean it a few times a day, you're still running into the issue of wetness and bacteria getting into your horses' hooves. That's the only problem I have with standing stalls. I think they REALLY help to teach a horse manners and boundaries. The horse learns to tie, step over, step up, back up, give you your space, not crowd you for grain and hay, they learn to pick up their feet faster, etc. My colt was in one for the first year of his life and he's a very respectful boy. Now he has a box stall/run in, so we'll see how he does.
     
    12-02-2011, 10:51 AM
  #16
mls
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Originally Posted by DutchFeather    
But, they are standing in their own urine and manure, so even if you clean it a few times a day, you're still running into the issue of wetness and bacteria getting into your horses' hooves. That's the only problem I have with standing stalls.
It's the same with box stalls.
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    12-02-2011, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by mls    
It's the same with box stalls.
I totally agree.

Heck, it is the same outside with some horses. "Oh cool, I shall manure right in the pathway".
     
    12-04-2011, 07:43 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I totally agree.

Heck, it is the same outside with some horses. "Oh cool, I shall manure right in the pathway".
Oh TELL ME ABOUT IT! Right in front of the gate! I cannot count how many boots have perished in the muck... never to be found. I guess that the tie-stalls would make cleaning easier though. All the uh... stuff... is right where you need it. My mare poos pees and then swirls it around in her 10X10 stall. New shavings everyday.
     
    12-05-2011, 04:36 PM
  #19
Foal
I have to say that I love tie stalls, when I bring my mare to the indoor arena 20 min from my place in winter she is out from about 6am to 6pm give or take a bit and from 6pm to 6am she is in a tie stall. She gets ridden 5-6 times a week for roughly an hour each time. She never has had a problem with bad or gross feet (none of the horses have) and it is alot easier to clean and cheaper for me to board. When she is at home in summer, she is inside from 6am to 6 or 7pm because she goes insane with the bugs and heat. She is in a tie stall half the day almost year around and does fine.

If done properly, tie stalls are a wonderful thing that I would not want to live without.
     
    12-06-2011, 09:16 AM
  #20
mls
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I totally agree.

Heck, it is the same outside with some horses. "Oh cool, I shall manure right in the pathway".

Yep.

Cleaned a paddock last night. Went out this morning and tripped through frozen apples at the gate.

Sigh.
     

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