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post #11 of 12 Old 02-01-2018, 06:37 PM
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So are you looking to build a barn for personal horse use or are you building a barn for boarding horses?

If private, your own horses only...
Then since you did not mention stallions you would be able most likely to go with stalls with bars or visibility on top...
This is only your horses who I would be thinking get along together in a paddock/pasture or side-by-side turnout.
If you have stallions then special considerations might need done so they can rest as can your other horses in peace.

If you're doing a boarding situation...
Then I would do a combination of solid walls 3 sides and bars across the front.
Full door or 1/2 door is a personal preference, period.
I've dealt with both in boarding situations and no matter which you make it work.
Full doors whether they slide or pivot on hinges offer horses safety when another is passing no one can strike out with head & neck and get bit.
1/2 doors are more "friendly" or you can always look to buy combination doors that have a center section that drops.
You can also use half doors with a nylon stall guard put up to keep a cranky horses from getting to others passing by...
We also did stall chains across the front of stall openings so when the door was open, horse inside...the horse stayed inside...
Some other ideas to think about.

The flooring thing...
Drains under most stalls to me will not work well over time as they will clog and need to be cleaned out from bedding material and feces particles...yuck and smelly, disgusting to do.
I currently have dirt floors that drain fantastic and bed with shavings on top.
5 years now and I have not had a issue of holes dug because of wet spots...but I bed my stalls, period.
When I worked in the barns we had stalls with mats {hated them!}, others were dirt and some concrete floors.
None of my horses in my care ever came up with soreness, lameness or anything else people speak of no.
My stalls were bedded deeply, turned completely and fluffed daily...
These were not just horses but top competition horses...they did just fine on concrete when stalls were prepped and cared for properly.
Honestly, I had more problems with mats that a pawing or stall-walking horse would shift, catch a hoof on and daily needed their mats reset...
Dirty, heavy work.
Today in my own barn I have 1 mat under the feed bucket area only so any morsels dropped are then on a mat not in the bedding and lost. It moves all the time needing to be reset in place...
I have never had the pleasure of working with stall mattresses or stall skins so no knowledge and no opinion as that would not be fair.

And of course pictures shared please as the time arrives.
Lots of things to decide...
Good luck..

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post #12 of 12 Old 02-02-2018, 09:16 AM
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ObiWan has a great thread in the Barns section about Stall Savers which is a fabric that allows liquid to pass. Needs a good, level base that has good drainage. I passed that info to a friend and she will be putting them down. As to walls or "windows" I'd go with walls on the sides and full front metal bars. As smilie pointed out they can visit across the aisle. There are no aggression issues as there is no threat with the space between. The barn my child rides in has stalls along the 2 long outside walls and a double row down the center. The stalls on the outside walls have a large window that can be opened and each end has a roll up door for each aisle. There is a 24' ceiling with vents and fans that can be closed or covered for the winter. It stays fairly warm (above freezing) in the winter and fairly cool in the summer even on the hottest days. The nicest barn I kept horses in had it set so every three stalls were open to each other using metal bars - solid wall, metal bars, metal bars, solid wall. Each set of three had access to a large run and since each stall had a dutch door you could open one or all three so the horses could have out time. The top part of the outside door was metal bars with a solid cover so you could tie the solid back and have air flow. There were no center stalls just stalls on the outside walls. I had three horses so worked perfect for me. The horses in other blocks could visit over the pipe fence in the run but feed and hay was given in the stall and each stall had it's own waterer so no food aggression. Many owners would buddy up with another owner that had a horse that did well with theirs or would rent the entire block so it was common for there to be two horses in a block and the third was kept shut and locked and used for storage even though each block had an assigned feed/tack room. There was one wing (barn was cross shaped) that the stalls all had solid walls but metal bar fronts and locking stall doors. There was a back window but that was kept locked shut as well. Those stalls had no outdoor run. They were used as storage (feed/tack) for the renters. That wing also had side stall walls across the aisle with no fronts where hay was stored.

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