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 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:
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!
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 12x12 stalls into one large 24x12 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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com or a call at (855) 957-8255. Alternatively, you can also complete a Contact Us Form.