02-04-2011, 06:11 PM
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I think my instructors stalls a 14'x14'. His barn is a converted grain barn, so the areas for stalls were just bigger. I think the standard sizes for average horses are 10'x10' or 12'x12'.
As a general rule of thumb, I believe a horse should spend as little time in a stall as possible. Horses were not designed to be confined in such a small area, and the longer they stay in there, the more energy they accumulate. I wouldn't leave a horse in its stall longer than 12 hours at a time.
But depending on the situation, you may need to leave them in longer. When my instructors yearling hurt his leg this summer, he was kept in a stall 24/7 for five days. After that, my instructor would take him to the roundpen to exersize him, until he was healed enough to be let in the pasture.
Your plan sounds fine, but I may acclamate your horse to stall time unless he is used to being stalled. Going from free roaming in a pasture to being stuck in a box for nine hours could bring on bordeom and destruction.