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post #1 of 16 Old 12-04-2019, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Dumb stall question

This is such a dumb question that I really hesitate to ask it, but here goes. If I set up my barn as run-in stalls, there's nothing to prevent one horse from "running into" another horse's stall, with a possibly confrontation as a result, right? I am wondering if maybe I should just combine all the stalls into one big run-in stall that would have multiple entrances and exits, so that if there is a confrontation the horses could solve it by running out.
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This is such a dumb question that I really hesitate to ask it, but here goes. If I set up my barn as run-in stalls, there's nothing to prevent one horse from "running into" another horse's stall, with a possibly confrontation as a result, right? I am wondering if maybe I should just combine all the stalls into one big run-in stall that would have multiple entrances and exits, so that if there is a confrontation the horses could solve it by running out.
our run in is around 24-25 long. we put up boards in the middle to act as a divider, and one side has a gate so we can use it as a stall if needed. Not sure if that is helpful to you. I have a hard time picturing things.
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Yes, horses will absolutely climb into whatever stall they want, including one that's already occupied, and yes, it can definitely create a problem if there's only one way out. That's why there should always be at least two entrances/exits so that if a socially "higher" horse comes barging in, the "lower" horse can escape without having to shove past the higher horse or potentially get cornered and injured.
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My horses have always been awesome with figuring out which stalls are theirs and which stalls are not....with that being said my one gelding would easily go into other stalls and eat the other horses's food as soon as he was done with his.

So for me, its keeping the fat tubby one's from eating the other's food that would be an issue if there wasnt a gate of some kind on his ;)
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I have friends with run ins and stalls. I like it when there is one large stall with multiple exits, too.
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If you want to put a divider to give "space" to the horses but are concerned for cornering or herding and hurting one...
Do not make your side walls solid but say the shed is 12+ deep, put a wall to and opening at the 6' mark...
The horses will benefit from roof and side protection but have a escape avenue should they need to get away from the resident bully or aggressive ring-leader.
If you did this either side I would not do that opening in the same location...
One side opening is at the rear the other toward the front...or leave the side walls solid and put a opening at the rear.
4' is a minimum but to be honest when my horses go faster than a walk through my 4' gate scares me how close their hip bones come to contact and hurts...
I would do a 6' opening if it was my design...
So, my thought of not aligning the openings is to not make the wind tunnel or allow the weather a blow-through atmosphere stealing the protection from the horses you seek giving them shelter.
just an idea, not sure it works though...
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Yes, they will go into each other's stalls which is why I opened up my two stalls to make one 12 x 24 run-in with two large entrances/exits. They still occasionally chase each other in and out at meal times. I have a separate stall that is for separating a horse as needed and the large double-stall stays open 24/7. I have had no major issues with three horses using the double stall. They frequently all stand in there together. But my horses are all roughly the same size.

Also, I had my contractor keep the boards that separated the two 12 x 12 stalls and place two vertical boards on each side to form slats so that I can slide the boards in to divide the stalls back into two separate spaces if we ever needed to do that. There might be times (new horse, injured horse, etc.) when you want to separate horses. So far though, in the last year of having an open concept, I haven't put the boards back in a single time.
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This is what my setup looks like. It's really quite roomy in there - mind you my horses aren't big at around 15hh each.

When they get fed their beet pulp and hay cubes, I shut Harley in the spare stall, Rusty gets fed in one corner of the double stall, and Kodak in the other corner in that order. I always do things exactly the same way so they know the routine and patiently wait in their respective spots. When I hang the haynets and they're all together, there is often a bit of a runaround until Harley finds the one he wants. I put two haynets inside, and one right outside (there is a 10 ft overhang). Kodak is next, and Rusty gets whatever is left over. It only takes a minute or two before each horse is in his favorite spot and everyone is eating peacefully. But I won't lie, Rusty still gets nipped sometimes - mostly because he has the attention span of a 2 year old and is always putting his nose where he shouldn't. On nice days, I will hang a haynet in the paddock, or throw the hay out on the ground and scatter it around. If there isn't any food in the indoor space, there is no fighting, but with food, I have to be a little more careful.
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@Acadianartist that looks really nice! I will think about this. The way this barn is currently set up, there are five 8X10 areas. One is currently set up as a "shop" area (to become a tack room when we move in!). Maybe I would leave one 8X10 and then have one 24 X 10. My horses are all 15'3 and under. They would fit. I would just need to make sure Pony doesn't bully Moonshine.
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@Acadianartist that looks really nice! I will think about this. The way this barn is currently set up, there are five 8X10 areas. One is currently set up as a "shop" area (to become a tack room when we move in!). Maybe I would leave one 8X10 and then have one 24 X 10. My horses are all 15'3 and under. They would fit. I would just need to make sure Pony doesn't bully Moonshine.
I have to say we love it. The horses are happy, they get to socialize and live in a natural environment and it means less stall cleaning for us. I think it's a good idea to have one stall you can shut a horse in though. On really bad stormy nights, I have shut Harley in so that Rusty and Kodak can share the double stall with the doors shut (there are dutch doors that open onto the paddock). The two of them are really good buddies and will snuggle up to each other. I would never shut Harley in there with them though, or there would be trouble. So I would keep that option open. The majority of the time, it works great, and I know they can come in from bad weather, to get away from flies, or to nap in the shade in the summer. I don't have to halter and lead them in and out, they get to choose. It makes my life much easier, and they live a more natural lifestyle. No one cribs or paws, the open concept is great for Harley's respiratory issues -- really, there is very little in terms of a down side.
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