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    09-03-2012, 12:16 PM
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Foal
2 horses in 1 stall?

I have one horse right now that has a converted shed to a stall for colder weather. It's about 8'x14'.

We're looking into getting a second horse.

What are your thoughts or experience having 2 horses in one stall? This would be overnight & REALLY cold days.
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    09-03-2012, 12:26 PM
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2 Horses in 1 stall, never tried it, but somehow I do not think it would work, especially since you say a New Horse would be going in with your existing Horse.


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    09-03-2012, 12:28 PM
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Showing
Your stall isn't very wide, and 14' long really won't make up for the narrowness of the width. One horse in there is fine, but two? You're asking for trouble.
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    09-03-2012, 12:29 PM
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I would never do it. If there is a fuss, one will likely be pinned in a corner and be treating a whole bunch of scrapes and cuts (or worse). Even buddies like to have their space.
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    09-03-2012, 12:31 PM
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Trained
I would not lock up 2 horses in one stall. Too much risk for trouble. No matter how well they may normally get along, cramped spaces change things.

HOWEVER, if they can walk in and out freely, then it's fine.
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    09-03-2012, 12:34 PM
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Green Broke
It all depends on how the two horses get along. It would be safer to have them stalled separately; based on the size of your building, it would probably be more practical to put into a couple of standing stalls rather than boxes (my personal preference); if you went with box stalls they would be quite small and might require an outside door each to get into them; if that can`t be done then the next safest thing would be to have the building set up as a run in shed so they can choose if they want to be in and the less dominant one has an opportunity to get out of the way.
     
    09-03-2012, 12:37 PM
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HOWEVER, if they can walk in and out freely, then it's fine.
Yep, because then it's just a walk-in shed type deal, and the horses have a way of escape should things get ugly.

During normal weather, all 3 of my stalls are open and the horses can go in and out as they please. I'll often find all 3 of them standing together in one stall, or more normally, 2 standing in the stall and one with his head inside but his body outside in the weather.

Very rarely do I stall my horses but when I do, they each have their own. My stalls are 10' X 24', so nice and big.
     
    09-03-2012, 12:45 PM
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2 Horses in 1 stall, never tried it, but somehow I do not think it would work, especially since you say a New Horse would be going in with your existing Horse.


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By the time winter rolls aroun it will be 2-3 months here already
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    09-03-2012, 12:48 PM
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By the time winter rolls aroun it will be 2-3 months here already
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Still wouldn't do it if you're going to lock them in together. Even the best of buddies fight, and especially so if they feel crowded.
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    09-03-2012, 01:06 PM
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^ Speed, mine are the same way. I leave the doors open on the back of the stalls into the main pasture, and I often come out to the barn to find two or three in stall, which makes no sense as there's four horses and six stalls available!

I would NEVER lock two or more in a stall together. You're just asking for trouble. Even the best of friends take nips and kick at each other on occasion.
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