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post #21 of 26 Old 10-25-2012, 11:22 PM
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I dont have bedding in my stalls, they are just rubber matted wall to wall. My horses have a pasture each and free access to their individual stall at any time they choose. I have ever seen them lay down anywhere except outside. I have a question though for those of you who have horses that are stalled for a portion of the day or at night and you keep bedding for them to lay down on, what size are your stalls? I am just curious what a good size would be to allow comfortable lying down without the worry of casting??? I just never seen that just heard of it happening when lying down in stalls and was curious.
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post #22 of 26 Old 10-26-2012, 02:59 AM
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Minimum stable size IMO to avoid all sorts of things like getting cast etc are
10ftx10ft for a pony and 12ft by12ft for a horse.

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My mare doesn't have a stall, but she uses her 10 by 10 run in as a stall, she spends the night in it. She's a bit of a pig, or use to be. Now she backs into a corner and does all her business there, unless I wasn't able to clean it daily and than she doesn't want to go there because it's dirty already.

I put in about 6, 40 kg feed bags full of course sawdust from the local mill in her run in, bank it in the corner and sides. Clean all manure and wet out of the middle and push clean down at night. If we don't get a rain storm usually it lasts over a week. If there is a lot of rain and she won't go outside it lasts four or five days. Usually I don't have to strip her stall, if the good bedding runs out, I just add more to my bank.

The owner of the mill lets you take as much sawdust or shavings you want for $10, usually we get 40 plus bags. Or a packed truck load.
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I am just curious what a good size would be to allow comfortable lying down without the worry of casting??? I just never seen that just heard of it happening when lying down in stalls and was curious.
Size doesn't matter as much as where they lay. We've had horses cast themselves in turnout. Lay too close to the fence and go to roll when they get up - boom - cast.
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I dont have bedding in my stalls, they are just rubber matted wall to wall. My horses have a pasture each and free access to their individual stall at any time they choose. I have ever seen them lay down anywhere except outside. I have a question though for those of you who have horses that are stalled for a portion of the day or at night and you keep bedding for them to lay down on, what size are your stalls? I am just curious what a good size would be to allow comfortable lying down without the worry of casting??? I just never seen that just heard of it happening when lying down in stalls and was curious.
Generally 14+ horses are best in 12x12 stalls, horses below 14 hands in 10x10 stalls. Horses over 16 hands are best in 14x14 stalls and minis are fine in 8x8 stalls.

My new barn will have 10x12 stalls leading into 16x10 runs. My horses are 13.2 and 15.2, and the bigger horses stall will not have a wall between the run and stall.

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post #26 of 26 Old 10-28-2012, 07:31 PM
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Size doesn't matter as much as where they lay. We've had horses cast themselves in turnout. Lay too close to the fence and go to roll when they get up - boom - cast.
I had one cast himself against a TREE! Scared the crap out of me to come and see that. He was fine once I pushed him back over. At least against a tree easy to get to him to move back over.
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