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post #1 of 32 Old 03-22-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Are wash stalls the most under utilized features of a "modern" horse barn

I am not a horse person, just the project manager for building a horse barn for my daughter.

I posted a concept of instead of having a wash stall in my new barn (the barn is built and I have one), why not just wash the horse off in the aisle, and use a kerosene space heater for heat.............. well I was convinced the space heater was a bad idea, but one of the people who responded stated that wash stalls are usually under utilized. As I reflected on that statement, I recalled that the wash stalls I seen on my visits to "upscale" barns often looked more like temporary storage areas. In the hope to give back to others who are building a barn, just how many people out there wish they HADN'T put in a wash stall, but rather had an additional stall or a larger tack room...?
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post #2 of 32 Old 03-22-2013, 03:04 PM
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Strange, I have yet to be at a barn with wash stalls that don't use them. Wash stalls are used multiple times a day in any barn i've been at that had them. I'm going to be building my barn next year and I plan on having two wash stalls put in as well as two grooming stalls.
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No way, I use the wash stall at my place allllll the time. I love it. It's a nice place to have the farrier trim too because its easy to sweep everything up and not leave a mess. I also use it when I'm teaching rainy day lessons and we can't ride, like anatomy, grooming, clipping, whatnot. If you have ever washed a horse without a wash rack, you know just how much of a mess it makes. You use a lot of water washing a horse and it makes a big muddy puddle wherever you do it. An aisle would be a pain because you'd be getting everything wet. I guess it depends on what kind of drainage you have too though. IMO I love having a wash stall.
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Well even wash stalls can be used for other purposes. Feed storage in the summer, another spot to cross tie, a spot to keep supplies, etc. I'd say its better to put one in as it will increase the value of your barn.

With the kerosene heater be VERY careful!! We have placed one in the barn occasionally when its VERY cold, like teens and below, in a well ventilated area with only dirt floor around it. Even then we watched it like a hawk!
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The big barn I worked at had 2 and they were used multiple times a day. Great way to cool off horses after a good jumping or dressage lesson. The horses would get a linament bath at least every other day depending on how strenous a lesson. Turn on the heat lamps and they could just chill out and relax.
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Oh my gosh if I had a wash stall I would use it all the time! LOL
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Oh my gosh if I had a wash stall I would use it all the time! LOL

Me to, in fact I was eyeing up the wash stall at the barn I'm haling into for lessons and wondering I would be allowed to rent it for getting Ben ready for shows..
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I use mine a lot. Lots of bathing, show prep, even though it is cold I use it twice a day to make mash for a senior horse (convenient having the hot water and a place to rinse the bucket I mix it in afterwards) I have a stocks built into mine as well, it is super handy for vet visits or doctoring. After having one for well, forever, I can't imagine not having one.
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post #9 of 32 Old 03-22-2013, 03:48 PM
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I love the wash stall. It's also awesome for wound treatment and soaking hooves.

But if you're not going to have a water heater, don't bother, IMO. The hot water gives it year round use.
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post #10 of 32 Old 03-22-2013, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
Me to, in fact I was eyeing up the wash stall at the barn I'm haling into for lessons and wondering I would be allowed to rent it for getting Ben ready for shows..
FYI- If you're showing at the arena in Moose Jaw, they have a nice hot/cold water wash rack
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