Horses are majestic, powerful and beautiful but, admittedly, they require a certain level of maintenance—this begins with having the right shelter for your horses in your Charlottesville horse farm. Choosing a horse stall with the right features is an important aspect in caring for your horses. The horse stalls should be in an environment where it can be easily accessed and maintained.
Finding the perfect horse stall can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help select the right horse stall when visiting horse farms for sale in Charlottesville.
Selecting Horse Stalls
The barn that you are looking for should have enough room to accommodate all your horses. Even though our Central VA climate is moderate enough for horses to enjoy the out-of-doors most of the time (and many farms have run-in sheds), you’ll probably want one stall for each horse. The barn should be kept at temperatures that are comfortable for the horses, usually between 45 °F to 65 °F.
The average size for a stall is 12 ft. by 12 ft. There are also other sizes such as 24 ft. by 24 ft. and 10 ft. by 10 ft., depending on the size of the horse. The larger the horse, the bigger the space it will need. Some stalls may have a moveable partition between them so that they can be enlarged to turn into a foaling stall.
The make and materials used in constructing the horse stalls should also be taken into consideration. If the horses that will be put in the stalls are for competition, they are usually strong and active. These horses can move around with force which means that the the materials that the stall is made of should be stronger. It is best to have solid walls 4 ft. down to prevent hooves from being caught and to withstand damage from kicking.
Materials that can be used to make the stalls are steel (galvanized and painted), mesh and aluminium. They make up the parts to keep the horses inside the stalls and the bars. The size and the strength of the stalls can be enough to contain the horse. Wooden stalls are often reinforced with oak boards.
Selecting Accessories for Horse Stalls
A horse stall mat should be available as it is an important accessory. It is made of rubber or neoprene. It is used to provide comfort to the horse while making it easier to clean the stall. The amount of bedding can be reduced which means you can save money in the process.
Other accessories include feed buckets which can be put at a comfortable height for eating and good waterer which can maintain good drinking temperature when insulated.
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