by American Stalls March 06, 2023
Are you building a new horse barn? Are you looking to renovate your existing barn? In either case, we 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:
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!
Our Half-Grilled Stall Partition is one of our most popular Stall Partitions. This design features 1" bars across the top. All bars are set 3" centers meaning 2" of spacing from each end of each bar.
While the above Stall Partition is fixed, we can also make any Stall Partition hinged. Below is an example of a hinged Half-Grilled Stall Partition. This is perfect for a foaling stall where two stalls need to be combined to make one large foaling stall. Our hinged Stall Partitions are hung on heavy-duty bullet hinges while two Plunger Latches allow you to close and operate the partition.
Great For: This design is especially great for barns where the horses are friendly with their equine 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.
Our Partial Privacy Stall Partitions are yet another popular Stall Divider design. The first one-thirds the "privacy" section. This section is 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!
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 is also great for veterinary clinics, small private sales barns, and breeding facilities where stallions require isolation. 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: Did you know that we can also build Stall Partitions for your grooming bays and wash stall areas? Below are two examples!
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.
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) 4' 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or a call at (855) 957-8255. Alternatively, you can also complete a Contact Us Form. We look forward to asssiting you soon!