What To Think About When Building A Barn Stall For Your Equine Pets

The barn stall is a very important area for horses hence you have to pay attention to a lot of details when thinking about designing a new one for your horses. Today, most stalls are built with 12 square feet of space. However, the size should vary depending on the size of your horses. In designing stalls, make sure that there is always enough room or space for your horse to get up or down and move around without discomfort. However, make sure not to oversize the stalls so there is less to clean and maintain.

For multiple stalls, the walls or partitions should be not less than 8 feet in height so the horses cannot leap and get their hoofs over the walls. The partitions do not have to be rock solid. Wooden stalls with an inch of space in between the boards can facilitate good ventilation. On top of that, the space between the wooden boards will also allow the horses to view the other horses in the barn as well as provide easy access for you to observe your pets.

As for stall doors, make sure that there are stall gates or stall guards to keep the horses inside as well as allow enough light and ventilation to pass through when the doors are opened. If you make use of stall bars, the spaces between them should not be more than 3 inches to prevent the horse’s hoof from getting caught in between.

Furthermore, the stall doors should also be big enough to allow the wheelbarrow to enter. Sliding doors are ideal for to use compared to swinging doors as they are very easy to use. When you need to take out your horse, you don’t need to close the sliding door. Whereas, if you go for swinging doors, it can consume aisle space and can even cause a few hazards when it is caught by a strong wind.

A barn stall should also be within close proximity to its designated feeding bucket so it becomes much easier to feed the horse without the need for closing and opening the barn doors. The feeding buckets should also come with a lock so it can be shut close when feeding is over. Sometimes, horses can get really bored and they can meddle with the feeding buckets with their lips. Consider installing automatic waterers to your horses. This way, you can ensure that they are always provided with fresh water when they are thirsty.  Make sure proper and adequate ventilation passes through your barn windows also.

You could have your current barn remodeled to accomodate all of the things mentioned above. Just be sure that you take care of your barn renovation construction trash container once you are done.

Caring For Your Horse During The Winter And Summer

Raising horses can be a gratifying experience. However, hard work will always be a huge part raising them to be the healthy horses they can be. If you are planning to raise good horses but are worried because of the extreme weather, this should not be a problem. This article will help you with some of the basic horse care to get your horses get through the bad days.

It is important to always pay very close attention to your horses all year round especially when you are living in an area where extreme weather can easily affect the well being of your horses. Heavy winters and blazing hot summers can be really devastating to them if you fail to take good care of their daily needs.

Riding your horse during the winter may seem to be a brave thing to do but if you really want to, you can do so. However, it is very important to always remember that horses do sweat even during the cold days. And because of that, you should never leave him in the barn with all that sweat all over his body after you have untacked him. Instead, you should make sure to wipe him clean and then do all the necessary grooming. Since its cold, you should also provide a warming blanket to keep him cozy. Make sure that the barn is free from drafts and strong winds. To keep the feet warm, do not forget to provide a good amount of layer of straw or sawdust. An enough supply of hay and grain for his snack will help him warm up before he sleeps.

The blazing summer heat can be a dangerous day for a horse especially if you are riding him for quite some time. Old horses can have twice the risk of falling ill due to extreme heat and dehydration. So when the temperature has reached 90+ and the heat index reaches 100, it would be best to just leave and shelter your horse inside their horse stalls. Make sure to lock your horse stall doors in the barn and do not allow him to just stand there under the sun. Should you really want to ride with your horse under the heat, do not ride him for too long. You should also wet your horse every now and then with cool water and also bug juice. Also provide clean and adequate water for him to drink. Never feed your horse with grain during the heat of the day as this can easily heat him up.