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    03-27-2013, 03:28 PM
  #21
Weanling
Our wash stall is used daily.

It may not be used for bathing daily, but it is used to clean water buckets, feed tubs, its also used as an extra grooming stall, when the main grooming stall is occupied.

When I built my barn I knew one of my must haves was a wash stall. A place to bath horses year round if need be, and a place to be able to do washing and cleaning.
Whether its hosing off muddy/sweaty horses, hosing off muddy blankets, cold hosing a injured horse, washing and cleaning feed tubs, the wash stall is a God send. Would not replace it for anything....and I know my boarders agree w me on that one!

In winter it gets used less then spring/summer/fall for the horses themselves, but like I say it still gets used every day.
Just the other day we had a horse who got a small cut on their leg (nothing major) but of course it blew up like a balloon...cold hosing 15min/day made the swelling go down a whole lot faster then if we hadn't had that option. Can't imagine attempting that in -20 w no wash stall.
     
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    03-27-2013, 03:50 PM
  #22
Green Broke
I do not have a wash stall, I have never had one. I don't know what I am missing.
Instead, I put a big drain in the isle and wash there. Hot water is on the other side of the barn and I use a hose to get it.
It works okay for a private barn, but I wouldn't want every horse owner in a big stable washing there.

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    03-27-2013, 03:52 PM
  #23
Weanling
Your barn is so pretty and clean!
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    03-27-2013, 03:56 PM
  #24
Green Broke
I'd give anything to have a wash stall.

Washing horses in the aisle means you have to have a clean aisle. IE no blankets, tack, people jackets, etc... hung where they are going to get sprayed with water.

Storage is at a premium in the barn so we have blankets/sheets/fly masks/etc.. on the stalls and hanging tack/*stuff* is on the wall on the other side. So no washing in the barn! We have to haul a big, heavy mat outside or the horses get muddy when you wash them.

I miss spreading out muddy horse blankets in the wash stall, hosing them off and then hanging them up outside to dry.
     
    03-27-2013, 03:57 PM
  #25
Green Broke
Seriously your barn looks like a barn in a photo shoot.
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    03-27-2013, 04:39 PM
  #26
Green Broke
I'd kill for a wash stall, currently I use a cold hose in the yard. It would be so much easier with warm water and somewhere to tie the pony.
     
    03-27-2013, 07:50 PM
  #27
Started
Taffy I LOVE your barn!
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    03-27-2013, 11:11 PM
  #28
Weanling
At work we have two wash bays. They are used all day, every day.
We tack up one horse in one bay and hose down another in the other bay while another horse is being ridden.

They come in handy for the farrier, show prep and any other treatments (massage rugs, bandaging things etc) as the horses are cross tied and can't move around much. They are out of the elements, have hot and cold water, are under lights (so you can get ready when it's not light outside) and fantastic drainage so nothing gets muddy.

When I get my own place, I will be putting in wash bays. :)
     
    03-30-2013, 07:17 PM
  #29
Yearling
I just finished bathing 2 horses outside in the pasture, mud splashing everywhere. I would love a wash rack!
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    03-30-2013, 08:52 PM
  #30
Trained
Even our dainty little wash rack at our barn is a LIFE saver when there's hot water.

Would never board anywhere without a wash rack.
     

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