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post #1 of 5 Old 02-15-2012, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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Stabling my mini over winter

I have just been thinking about when we get to winter (argh) and our 2 stall stable should finally be ready for use. My long suffering partner has been renovating it as it was pretty old and what started out as a 'quick fix' has turned into an almost complete re-build.
I only have the one mini at the moment and am still looking for a regular horse for riding but its been a long search and I may very well still be looking for some time to come.
I would like to stable her overnight during the winter but am wondering how a mini would do in a regular sized stall. Mainly I worry whether not being able to see out would be stressful for her? Especially if she was stabled alone and didnt have a mate in the other stall.
I did 'suggest' to my partner that we could cut a little window in the front wall of the smaller stall that could be closed but he didnt look too impressed! Not sure how important it is for them to be able to see out, there is a long rectangular window at the back which would give her a partial view of the hill behind the stables.
I did threaten to get the power tools out myself which made him say (very quickly!) that if I really need a window then he will do it. Heh.
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-15-2012, 05:59 AM
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I know minis that have been stalled with no issue.
I do not think the little window would be a bad idea, but what would you use to cover it?
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When I was younger and lived with my parents we had cut a hole plenty big enough for mine to poke their head out without hurting themselves or getting stuck. In the summer I have left it uncovered but in the winter I bought some really flexible plexiglass and it worked out great. If you can make little slots in the wood or use some 1x4 or 2x4 and put two together with a small gap between then they usually cannot pop it out of there. Another idea is to make a sliding window with plexiglass and a wooden frame. Pretty easy to assemble and you do not have to worry about putting it in and out. Just make the track for the wooden frame to fit in and it can be slid left or right to open and close it.

Some horses could care less but mine all enjoy looking out of their stalls and get highly upset when they can not see out. Even at horse shows with big stalls they will find the tiniest of cracks and peer through them cause they want to see all the action.
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It would mean cutting a little window through the inner plywood and outer wall and then I guess would put some sort of sliding panel on the outside to shut it off. Although it probably wouldnt matter that much as our stalls arent solid all the way to the roof, our winters arent bad enough to need to completely enclose them. I'm sure she would be happy to stay out 24/7, its probably more a case of me wanting me being a big softie and wanting to make use of my partners hard work! Although getting her out of the mud overnight would probably be better for her feet too.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-16-2012, 02:11 AM
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just so long as its high enough she cant get out...i see no problem with it.
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