Deciding Which Stall System is Right For You
With so many choices in stall systems, it can be difficult to know where to start.
For the right horse stall system start with the right barn design.
This is one of the best places to start because the style and design of your barn greatly dictates the type of stalls you can use. If your barn isn't built yet, consider the floor plan before choosing your stalls. Does your barn have support posts? If so, your options are numerous. All seven stall systems RAMM carries can be installed with support posts.
If your barn doesn't have support posts, are you willing to add posts? If not, there are still several options for you. The Racetrack, Finish-Line and Portable/Panel systems can all be installed without support posts. Heavy-duty connectors hold the system together, so no posts are needed.
Today's Horse Sense talks about another design consideration: the direction the wind blows.
"When you find your site, spend time there on a blustery day to identify the prevailing wind direction; then orient your barn with that in mind. You want good air circulation, of course, but you don't want your center aisle to be a wind-tunnel - so orient it at about a 45-degree angle to the prevailing wind."
Portable or permanent horse stalls. Which horse stall system should you choose?
Will these stalls remain in your barn permanently, or are you interested in temporary stalling only? Even temporary stalls need to be constructed of heavy-duty, quality materials. Systems like Portable/Panel and Racetrack work well for temporary applications but are durable enough to be used in a permanent setting.
The budget for any horse stalls project is important.
Think about how much you need to spend to create a safer home for your horses, and keep an open mind if your budget doesn't allow for the most fancy stall system out there. There are many options that are both affordable and attractive. Our representatives can suggest ways to customize systems and get the most for your hard-earned dollars.
How will your horse stalls be used?
How often are your horses stalled? Do you use your facility for boarding, breeding, foaling? If your facility boards horses, you'll want to pay extra attention to the durability of products. Adding items like post edging and wall capping, or purchasing a system without exposes edges, will prohibit chewing and cribbing. If your barn will be used for any kind of equine business, think about options that will keep your stalls looking great for years to come. Well-maintained, quality stalls will give your barn and business a professional image. Feed doors, large feed doors and swing-out bucket doors offer added value by saving time and steps during daily chores. These make it possible to feed and/or water from outside the stall, a great feature if you have barn help.
We can help you with all of your horse stalls or horse fencing projects.
Debbie has over 45 years experience with horses and equine-related businesses. She has owned, trained, boarded horses and run stables at various times in her career. She is a certified fence installer, has given balanced riding lessons, and has shown horses in Western, Western Pleasure, Trail, English, Hunter/Jumper, Fox Hunting, Hunter Trials, Dressage and driving classes. Debbie has been involved in foaling, and just about every aspect of horse ownership possible, and she welcomes your questions and comments. If you are interested in using any articles by Debbie, please send her an email.