Getting rid of stall 'bars'. Ideas?
I'm helping a friend out. They have stalls that have metal bars in between stalls and also across the front and on the stall doors. The bars are old and some are missing. Once the weather breaks we want to rip 'em all out and do something else.
We want something there for sure, and we are pretty lucky I think becuase the height where they start is about 5 feet up. The walls are solid oak boards that are plenty strong and still in great shape.
We are pretty handy so all ideas are open.
All of our stalls are only 1/2 walls on the front-full walls between, and we just have stall guards on 4, 2 have gates.......it is nice, and if we have a horse who needs the gate, we have one. They all love being able to hang their heads out and socialize.......
Half walls are not an option becuase we have to prevent the horses from fighting. Most don't but one old Morgan gelding sure is overly protective of his hay! And God forbid a boarder or a horse in for training gets a scratch.
I just hate the bar look.
my stalls have hog panels for the "bar section" of each stall. Sounds awful but actually doesn't look too bad. Later when I go down to the barn I will snap a couple photos. Lots of people do that around here.
Considering how pricey stalls are to build, especially the prefab ones, you might consider getting some round pen panels, and/or use the gate panel for an entrance. This is what I did one one side of the barn, to make a 12 x 12 stall~
...and I put a 13 ft gate on the other side, which is on a corner and had one full, wooden wall~
I always figured I could remove them, and add the rest of the panels to make on outside, training pen in the future, if I wanted to building permanent, wooden stalls.
It is a really fast fix.
The chicken wire is just for my chickens. Wouldn't think of putting it up between horse stalls!
I have hog wire panels on my stallion stalls. I also have some stalls with bars, I think I actually prefer the wire panels.
I suck at this whole picture sharing thing.. figured it out once....
HA, got it.. *edit* these are the hog panel tops to my stalls..and when we brought the third horse home we had to get panels to create a third stall which works out well. we eventually want to build a third like the other two and then use those panels as part of our round pen, but thats a ways down the road:)
Why not build panels that will fold down after the horse has had ample time to get introduced to the other horses in the barn? You could build it with whatever design you wish in the center and just hinge it across the bottom with set pins on both sides, even as stall door slide latches...
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