DIY: Horse Stalls
I’ve had a couple requests for more info on the stalls we built at our old farm. We have since moved to our amazingly beautiful new farm, but the old stalls served us well and I really liked them. If I had to do it over again, I would still design them the same way. I really miss the dutch doors with attached paddocks. They were great! If anyone is looking for ideas for DIY stalls, this is a fairly inexpensive easy solution that is durable and safe.
We got a bundle of 1″x6″x8′ rough sawn oak boards from the local saw mill. They were much less expensive than any other wood options, and oak is very strong and more resistant to chew marks than softer wood. Since they came from a mill, the dimensions varied somewhat, they were at least a true 1″ thick (some were even thicker) unlike modern lumber that is called 1″ but is actually barely more than half that. You may be thinking 1″ isn’t thick enough for horses, but oak is very strong, and these stalls withstood many kicks and abuse, never resulting in any broken or cracked boards.
Apparently I stopped taking progress photos at this point, and I’m having a hard time finding good pictures of the doors. My husband made really sturdy swinging doors with welded angle iron frames so they wouldn’t sag and to add strength. They were super serious. I can’t believe I didn’t take any good pictures of them! You can construct doors however you see fit, ours were 4′ wide and had a Z brace board across them to help prevent sagging. Here’s a couple random photos showing parts of the doors.