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Stall Guard Guidelines
WRITTEN BY: Cheryl Sutor   [1998]

Fresh air is essential for the health of our horses. Stall guards are a good way to allow better circulation of air in your barn, and horses enjoy being able to stick their head out for fresh air and to see what's going on out there! However, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure safe stall guard use.

SOLID Stall Guard
Solid Stall Guard

WEBBED Stall Guard
Webbed Stall Guard

  • Avoid webbed stall guards, period. I can't tell you how many times I believed a horse was content enough to have a webbed stall guard, and turned out to be wrong. If a horse paws at a webbed stall guard, his foot can get caught and injury is inevitable.

  • Single chain guards are safe ONLY for horses who are content to stay in their stalls. Younger horses try to excape, so solid stall guards tend to work better for them.

  • Make sure your stall guard is streched tight enough across the stall doorway to prevent the horse from lifting it and escaping underneith. I have seen this has happen countless times due to hanging a stall guard too loose.

    Horse: Uno
    © Laura Eddings

  • Be sure to adjust the stall guard to hang at a level that is right for the horse. The top of a stall guard should stop at the point where the horse's chest and neck meet. For larger horses, a single chain stall guard can be hung about 5 in. above the solid stall guard.

  • Make it a habit to check the stall guard every time you are near your horse's stall. Be sure to check for cracked wood. The screws and snaps should only be of heavy-duty quality.

  • If a horse is excitable in a stall, rushes the stall door or leans on his stall guard excessively, forget using a stall guard and try something like a half-door or a screened door.

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    This article was published on: 1998. Last updated on: 1998.