Simple…but BIG..Horse Stalls

Home-Made Horse Stalls on the Michael Family Farm

To accommodate our two  2200lb. Percheron draft horses, we had to build some heavy-duty horse stalls.  I saw all kinds of kits and designs available, but they weren’t our style:  simple and self-reliant.  So, I visited a neighbor, jotted down some ideas and then designed my own.

These stalls (doing the work ourselves) cost us about $500 per stall.  It’s just 4″x6″ vertical posts, 2x10s for the walls, treated 2x6s along the bottom of the walls, and 1/2″ EMT pipe set in 2x4s at the top of the walls.  There are some diagona 4×4″ braces on the corners…and that’s it.

These stalls are huge.  They are 16′ wide and 13′ deep, for a total of  208 sq.ft.  Actually, that’s not big for the size of our Percherons.  I’ve seen 14×14 stalls recommended for Belgians, which are smaller–that’s 196 sq.ft..  So we’re just a wee bit bigger.  Our Percherons are 19 hands high…that means the top of their shoulders are about 6’4″.

So, building horse stalls is now one more project that we’ve proven isn’t too difficult to be done practically and affordably.  I think they turned out pretty good.  I’ve already got the neighbors’ attention–in a good way.  Today, one neighbor brought us two old horse-drawn turn ploughs that he had in a garage for ?? years and told me he could also get me a horse-drawn hay rake and old wire hay-baler.

Hey, what do you know…Monday is Plough Monday and I got me two new…old…ploughs.  Anyway, if you want any more info on building stalls like these, just ask.


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9 Responses to Simple…but BIG..Horse Stalls

  1. Amie says:

    Oh my goodness, those ARE beautiful! Congrats!

  2. wmclaa says:

    Just for comparison, here’s one 12′ door and wall section for $700 at Menard’s. Now, is it a bit nicer? Yes…sliding door, more metal framing, etc.. But. that’s the price for *only one side* of the tall…it costs more than our entire stall.

  3. Paula says:

    Wow I had no idea how tall Percherons were! Our neighbors have a Clydesdale, and she’s pretty big, but your Percherons are taller than my husband (who is more than 12 inches taller than I am) AT THE SHOULDER!

    Your stalls are really beautifully made.

  4. Paula says:

    By the way, have a happy Plough Monday!

  5. Kris Kranz says:

    You’ve gotta stop talking like that! 🙂

    You keep this up and whether you need me for farm work or not I may need to move down there just to help you with those magnificent horses!!

  6. Jon says:

    Those do look great. One question on your corner posts in the isle, did you set them in the ground or use a footing for them? Thank you

    • wmclaa says:

      We dig all of our posts and set them in 2′ of concrete. Our ground is pretty hard, so 2′ in the ground is strong. Some places need to go deeper.

  7. Sarah Fowler says:

    Would you have some drawings/plans for your stalls? Do your horses lay down in them? Do you have mats in them? We’ve got a big Clyde and Percheron and I’d like to retro-fit our cow barn to house them in the winter.

    • wmclaa says:

      I don’t have any drawings for you…it’s really very simple. I have never seen our horses lying down in them, but they certainly could. We do not use mats, we simply spread a layer of straw every few weeks and will clean the stalls out in the Spring for the gardens. I recommend that you get horse care info from older sources, when horses were a part of sustainable working farms, not modern hobby farms and recreational stables for weekend play. Keep it simple…the horses are to help us with our work not to add to it.

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