Barn Safety | By: American Stalls | Date on: 09/20/2022

Are you building a new horse barn? Are you looking to renovate your existing barn? In either case, we equestrians tend to focus on things such as the horse stall fronts, barn end doors, the aisle flooring, the lighting, or even the tack hardware. After all, those are the shiny things that truly deliver that “wow” factor in our barns. That leaves us with an often overlooked, yet important component to building our horse stalls – Stall Partitions.

Stall Partitions, also known as horse stall dividers, are an important part of your horse’s experience in the barn. They are also crucial to your barn’s day-to-day function. Although overlooked, we’d like to discuss the three most common types of horse stall partitions in this article. Stick around until the end as we’ll even provide some bonus tips!

Things to Consider:

Before we dive into the three types, you should know that we build horse stall partitions in a variety of designs. All of our Partitions are built to exact design goals, measurements, and specifications. When making your decision on design, we recommend to factor in the following:

  1. The local climate around your barn – Is it hot and humid where your barn is located? Do you experience all four seasons?
  2. Your horses’ temperaments – Do all of your horses get along just fine? Are there certain horses that do not get along with other horses? Do certain horses need additional privacy during feeding?
  3. Your facility’s needs – A private barn’s needs will differ greatly from a commercial barn’s needs. Will your barn have frequent visitors and new riders? Will horses come and go frequently?
  4. The stall’s function – Will you be using any of the stalls for breeding? Will your stall be housing stallions? Will the stall be using for visiting and competing horses?

The above factors and questions are simply a starting point. These are just a handful of questions to consider when making a decision regarding your horse stall partitions. Let’s now dive into the three most common styles!

Style #1 – Half-Grilled Horse Stall Partitions

The left photo shows a fixed Half-Grilled Stall Partition. The right photo shows a similar designed partition, but in a hinged design. The right partition is used for a foaling stall – allowing our clients to transform two 12×12 stalls into one large 24×12 stall for foaling purposes. Both photos show Grilled Partitions though.

Great For: This design is especially great for barns where the horses are friendly with their neighbors.

Our Take: This stall partition designs offers the most possible ventilation and socialization. This is because the partition includes a fully vented top-half (1″ bars on top or welded mesh). The bottom is then filled with tongue and groove lumber. We recommend this design to most clients who’d like to maximize ventilation and socialization.

Style #2 – Partial Privacy Horse Stall Partitions

Partial Privacy Partitions shown. The first one-thirds are framed with steel tubing and u-channel to allow you to fill it with lumber. The back two-thirds of this design includes 1″ round bars safely set on 3″ centers.

Great For: This design is a modified version of the above Half-Grilled Partitions. It is great for horses that get along well with their neighbors, but might need a bit more privacy – especially during feeding.

Our Take: This style provides the best of both worlds – ventilation and socialization all while providing some privacy. Another neat thing is that these partitions are also more cost-effective than the first style!

Style #3 – Full Privacy Horse Stall Partitions

Full Privacy Horse Stall Partition shown above

Great For: This design features full wood for maximum privacy. This full privacy design is well-suited for larger barns where need to limit socialization and contact among stall neighbors. It also great for barns where biosecurity containment is needed.

Our Take: While we try to promote ventilation in all of our stall designs, we understand that there is a functional need for Full Privacy Stall Partitions. These Partitions are often used in large show barns where horses visit, compete, and stay for short periods of times. Full Partitions allow horses privacy and comfort during their short stays. These Partitions are also great for veterinary facilities, boarding barns with quarantine stalls, and other uses.

Bonus Tip: All of the above Stall Partitions are Fully Welded Panel Systems. This means that these Partitions are fully welded, shipped as a panel, leaned upright, and then easily installed to your barn’s post or walls. Our Fully Welded Systems are beautiful and require very little labor during installation. As an alternative though, we provide clients with the option to also purchase Stall Partition Kits.

Full Privacy Partition Kit shown in left photo – using (2) 8′ U-Channel to frame out the partition and then (2) 8′ Wall Stiffeners to provide more integrity and support to the installed lumber. The Wall Stiffeners are located down the middle on both sides. Half-Grilled Partition. Kit shown in right photo – using (2) 8′ U-Channels. U-Channel was then cut into (2) 5′ long pieces to build and frame out the bottom 5 feet of the partition. The client then added our Grillwork on top of the lumber.

The main difference between our Kit Partitions and Fully Welded Partitions is that our Fully Welded systems include welded steel tubing, u-channel, and 1″ bars. The Partition is then effectively ready to install once it is delivered to our client. In contrast, our Partition Kits require our clients and their general contractors to build the Partition onsite using hardware based on the design. Hardware includes u-channels, wall-stiffeners, and custom lengths of grillwork.

While the kit option requires more labor during installation, it is a way for clients to stay within their project budget. One last idea for any tight barn projects is to start with a Full Privacy Partition Kit. You can then have the flexibility, in the future, to take out lumber and replace the top half with grillwork as time passes.

We hope that this article has helped give you more insight into available partition options – as well ideas for your barn project. Do you have any questions on this post or simply need help with your barn project? You can reach us at or a call at (855) 957-8255. Alternatively, you can also complete a Contact Us Form.

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