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post #1 of 2 Old 11-22-2016, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Dividing a stall - mini mules

I have an injured mini mule. Before her injury, I stalled her and her half sister together. I can no longer keep them together, at least not until (if ) she heals, which could be months or a year (tendon/ligament/stifle injuries; she really screwed herself up, poor thing). My problem is I have only two stalls, and three equines. For the last three months, the horse and the sound mule have been out 24/7 in the paddock. With winter coming on, there will sometimes be a need to have all three in. My horse and the sound mule get along OK in the paddock, but not well enough I want to stall them together.

I would like to split the mini's stall in half (so 6'x12' each), but I was told a while back that it might be more stressful for the injured mule than if I keep them in separate stalls; she needs to be quiet and not hopping around (already difficult to accomplish). When they were together, they played pretty rough. So, my choices are to build a new stall and sacrifice most of my storage area, or split their stall.

These are my first mules, and I know they think differently than horses - if I had mini horses I'd not even be asking :)

Appreciate any advice you can offer.

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post #2 of 2 Old 11-22-2016, 03:43 PM
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I'd split it in such a fashion that you can tear it out easily. That way, if they turn out not to be happy with the stall division, you can bring it back to 12 X 12 fairly quickly. In the meantime, I'd also get things set up in the storage area so that if worst came to worst, you could easily make a temporary stall in there, again without a whole lot of work.

When I've had to have someone separated from the rest of the crew, I take mats and metal panels and set them up in the garage where I house my truck, the tack, hay and feed. Depending on the time of the year, the truck may lose its spot or I may be able to rearrange hay and put things in closer to that side, but it's always fairly easy to install and take out.

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