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post #1 of 4 Old 08-28-2014, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone! What type of fans do people typically use when showing their horses? I have seen the cheap white box fans and the round black high velocity fans being used. The round black high velocity fans seem much more expensive. Are they worth it? Also, what size is big enough to keep my horses cool?

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White box fans work well if you can get them on the stall or hanging well. You have to make sure it's one designed for barn use with an enclosed motor, not an open motor like the cheaper human ones you'd get from Wal-Mart. The ones with the enclosed motor prevent dust from getting in and causing a fire/ the motor to die, you'd find these at farm supply stores. They will cost more than the Wal-Mart variety, but are far safer.

The big black high velocity fans I find are best for barn aisles or very open stall layouts. They will facilitate quicker cooling than the box fans as they move more air in a faster manner. However some horses do not like them and must be made accustom to them. Again, look for ones with enclosed motors.

As for size it really depends on the size of the area, the heat/humidity level, and to an extent the size of the horse. I like a medium to larger sized fan, but I'm in a hot humid area and like as much of a breeze as I can get on summer days. I suggest a medium size to start, about 20 inches or so.

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or you could put an air filter for a furnace/ac system on the back of the box fan. I"ve seen that done to keep the dust down that got into the fan.

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or you could put an air filter for a furnace/ac system on the back of the box fan. I"ve seen that done to keep the dust down that got into the fan.
I've never seen such a thing and would think that putting a "filter" across the back of the fan would defeat some of the purpose of pulling large volumes of air easily through to force out in the form of a breeze.

Sealed motors are what are safest to use in a barn situation as Horseychick87 stated.
Dust, dirt and debris come from all angles not just through the back of a fan...
A fan that is on for a extended period of time like you would experience in a barn setting is going to get warm if not hot... heat, dust, cobwebs, and dirt are a recipe for a fire... a disaster in a barn!
Something like this {see below} is a great fan to have in a barn, will give years of safe useful service and truly is not expensive when you have longevity involved over the cheap "box fan" needing replaced two times a season and not move as much air as you think it will...noisy and in your way stuck in a door, in a window or stall may need to copy & paste the link {apologies!}

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