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mistysms 03-07-2013 04:55 PM

Making a stall for the first time
 
I'm not sure if I'm putting this in the right place. But anyways my horse has been out in pasture her whole life (she is 6) with out a barn. I keep her at a friends house who also doesn't have a barn. She has a pretty bad problem with scratches so i'm going to bring her to my house for about a month to try to clear these scratches up. I'm going to be building a stall at my house thats going to be 12x30. This isn't on grass it is on gravel. So i was wondering if i should put down straw. I was wondering if you guys could help me decide what I need. I know the basic things and money isn't really a problem. Also i know i have to feed her hay and i will keep hay in her stall all day everyday but should i make a point a few times a day to walk her to grass and let her eat awhile? I just need all the advice i can get about putting a horse in a stall for a month who is used to having 50some acres to run on. Thanks for all your help and advice.

Saddlebag 03-07-2013 06:40 PM

First off she is going to really miss the other horse. Can you house it as well? I gather you don't have any pasture so you will need to exercise her several times a day, either lunging or riding. Get 2 small mesh hay nets and hang them at opposite ends as this will encourage her to move back and forth. Let her soil in there, pick it up and that's where you want to put down straw. You don't have to bed the entire 30'. The stones will strengthen the soles of her hooves. A straw bed, 12'x 12 is plenty if she wants to lie down. Since she will be somewhat cooped up don't feed any supplements, just hay.

stevenson 03-07-2013 08:10 PM

I would never stall a horse on gravel. You need some dirt and then you can put down straw or shavings. are makeing a box stall ? or just a corral ?
gravel = rocks.. this will cause sores and she can get stone bruises.

mistysms 03-07-2013 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 1927645)
First off she is going to really miss the other horse. Can you house it as well? I gather you don't have any pasture so you will need to exercise her several times a day, either lunging or riding. Get 2 small mesh hay nets and hang them at opposite ends as this will encourage her to move back and forth. Let her soil in there, pick it up and that's where you want to put down straw. You don't have to bed the entire 30'. The stones will strengthen the soles of her hooves. A straw bed, 12'x 12 is plenty if she wants to lie down. Since she will be somewhat cooped up don't feed any supplements, just hay.

I know she is going to miss the other horse but I plan on trying to keep her company at least a few hours a day. Also i have been looking at stall toys too. I will be exercising her several times a day like you said. I will get 2 mesh hay nets and hang them at opposite ends thats a great idea! This stall is going to be on the side of our house. So its kind of an outside stall I would say. One said of the stall will be against the house but i was wondering about the other three sides. The back of the stall I think i'm going to board up completely then the front of the stall will have the gate for me and her to come in and out. Then i'm left with the last side which will be the 30foot side opposite the house. Should I also board that side completely, I was thinking to put a few 2 by 4 all the way across. then my boyfriend thought we shouldn't leave empty space between the 2 by 4 and wanted to put up fencing. Any ideas on that?

mistysms 03-07-2013 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by stevenson (Post 1927765)
I would never stall a horse on gravel. You need some dirt and then you can put down straw or shavings. are makeing a box stall ? or just a corral ?
gravel = rocks.. this will cause sores and she can get stone bruises.

So you think on top of the gravel I should put a load of dirt then straw? The reason we don't want to put matts down is so when she pees she isn't standing in it and it will soak in to the ground a little.

SlideStop 03-07-2013 08:51 PM

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Originally Posted by mistysms (Post 1927796)
So you think on top of the gravel I should put a load of dirt then straw? The reason we don't want to put matts down is so when she pees she isn't standing in it and it will soak in to the ground a little.

If she is going to be stalled for a month it want as much support as possible for her legs. I'd put rubber mats down over the gravel and shaving (i prefer woody pellets) over that. The shavings will absorb the urine and your going to be riding several times a day I dont see why you can't pick it twice a day. The other thing I've found that works great is 5-8 inches then a "still skin" the gravel is very forgiving and the stall skin allows any liquid to pass right through it.

For stall toy Uncle Jims hanging balls are awesome! Also, every horse who has an amazing graze (rolling treat dispenser) LOVES it!
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wetrain17 03-08-2013 01:29 PM

You will definintely need something over the gravel. What you chose is up to you, straw, shavings, wood pellets. If you're concerned about absorbtion, I wouldnt go with the straw, especially having a mare.

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Originally Posted by SlideStop (Post 1927838)
For stall toy Uncle Jims hanging balls are awesome! Also, every horse who has an amazing graze (rolling treat dispenser) LOVES it!
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My horse never eats these! I can't get over it. I've tried different flavors too, nothing.

Saddlebag 03-08-2013 04:19 PM

Are you talking car port? A garage is completely enclosed. When a horse is confined to a relatively small area, where it can't run, it sees it as a trap. When a predator lurks the horse relies on a fast getaway. Because a horse's vision isn't binocular like ours it doesn't see things as well as we do so when it sees something move, it needs to be able to go. Are you able to fence off an area, 1/2 an acre as that would be better and she could use the carport for a shelter.

SlideStop 03-08-2013 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by wetrain17 (Post 1928779)
You will definintely need something over the gravel. What you chose is up to you, straw, shavings, wood pellets. If you're concerned about absorbtion, I wouldnt go with the straw, especially having a mare.



My horse never eats these! I can't get over it. I've tried different flavors too, nothing.

Really? Our horses go nuts over them. We had one horse who was chewing the hell out of his stall from boredom regardless of the amount of work he got. Unfortunately he shared a paddock so he couldnt have 24/7 turn out. As soon as he got it all the stall chewing stopped and has never ever chewed since!
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mistysms 03-08-2013 07:04 PM

Well we have now changed our mind again. We will not be making a stall outside we are going to make a stall inside our shed it will be at least 12 by 15. the shed has a garage door on the front and back we are going to take the back door and lock it up and build a gate there so she can see out. We are also going to fence in a little less then 1/2 an acre just outside the gate so during the day we can leave the gate open so she can go outside in the fresh air. Do you think thats a good idea?


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