Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
My barn is over 50 years old and made of wood, with a cement floor and cement walls 4' up. Wooden buildings BREATHE. There are vents upstairs in the loft and I usually keep the east facing doors open, especially when the the wind is due West.
My stall sizes:
12 x 12 (round pen panels)
10 x 12 (round pen panels)
13 x 8 (wooden one wall, cement 2 walls, 13' gate opening
Had to make do in the barn.
My two geldings share a wall (space). Each of their stalls is connected as a separate rectangle. The beauty of using round panels is that the horses can see each other, you get air flow, and, if you need to, they come apart really fast. I had an elderly horse pass away in one of the stalls, and I was able to take the stall apart, drive my truck in, and pull the body out.
Where the 10 x 12 stall was I had the above mentioned elderly horse, who I moved in as a 19yo, and I he had a 12 x 16 space, to which I didn't even have a gate, since he didn't try to test the sliding doors. He came from a barn where he, 16'2hh TWH, had a 10 x 10 stall, too small for him, IMO.
I have 3/4" mats in all of the stalls. Everything can come out in the Spring to be cleaned. The area in front of the barn had been all gravel at some point, but is mostly grown over with grass. In the Spring, I clean the mats, then haul them out and the sun and rain really clean them, then I put them back after I've scrubbed up the cement floor.
My horses are worth all of this.
Something else to consider. I CLEAN my horses stalls regularly. Do you clean your horse's shelter at all?