Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I start when choosing a stall system for my horses?
There are many factors to consider when selecting the right stall system for you and your horses. First you need to ask yourself what you want to accomplish based on your horses’, and your clients’ (if applicable) needs, and your budget. Do lots of research; talk to other farm owners and search the internet for ideas and inspirations. Don’t be afraid to give us a call so we can help you get started on the right path to planning your dream facility. When building a stall system we can start with one of our existing styles, or from our client’s ideas and inspirations for a completely unique design. We usually run with a 4-16 week lead time on projects, so be sure to start the process early enough to meet any deadlines you may have for your facility’s construction.
What is a typical horse stall size?
Our standard sizes of stalls are 10′ x10′, 10′ x 12′, and 12′ x 12′ although if you are working within specific measurements or are looking for something smaller or larger we can create a custom size to suit your needs.
Are support posts needed for horse stall installation?
What size posts should I use in the installation of my horse stalls?
Any sized support post larger than 4′ x 4′ can be used between stalls. Whatever size support post is used will simply affect the inside finished measurement of your stalls.
How difficult are horse stalls and doors to install?
We make it easy for you, your contractor/local builder, or carpenter to install our systems. Building material sheets and instructions are provided with every stall order. Materials will include pre-fabricated fastening hardware or pre-drilled holes for easy installation. In addition, our production team and your account manager are on hand to answer any installation-related questions.
Is lumber included in the price of the horse stalls?
We can price any stall series with or without lumber to give you the option of using our Tongue and Groove Ash Premium Hardwood or to source a different type of lumber depending upon your needs.
What type of lumber should I use in my horse stall fronts and doors?
Our barn doors and stalls are made to fit a 2” thick rough cut hardwood or softwood. For durability and a superior finish we offer a Tongue and Groove Ash Hardwood Lumber. It is 1 3/8” thick by 5.5” wide in a stall grade. It is dried to a minimum of 16% moisture for use in barns. The ash absorbs impact and has a beautiful bright finish. We have found it is the best product to use for the application; it stains nicely and will last a long time. We recommend putting a stain or varathane on the wood so that moisture does not get in the wood. Order approximately 5% extra material as it is a stall grade.
What is powder coating?
Powder coating is a dry metal finishing process using finely ground particles of plastic resins, color pigments and special cross linking agents which, once cured, cause the plastic resins to become very hard and extremely durable. Powder Coating is the leading alternative to conventional liquid spray painting. Powder coating is a high performance method of finishing products as it does not run, drip, sag, or exhibit “solvent pops.” Furthermore, powder coating offers excellent resistance to heat, abrasion, impact, UV from sunlight, and corrosion.
Can stall fronts and doors be ordered in different colours?
Powder coating in black is standard and built into the price of a painted stall. If you wish to finish your stall fronts or doors with a colour other than black, we ask that you send us the colour number associated with an RAL colour chart and your account manager will confirm a custom paint colour price for your order.
What is a hot dipped galvanized finish?
Hot dip galvanizing is a process developed to prevent steel from corroding. Before the process can take place, the steel goes through a thorough chemical clean which removes all rust, oil, and mill scale from the surface. When the cleaning solution has been rinsed off, the coating process can begin. The steel is dipped into a bath of molten zinc heated to around 450°C (860°F) before being left to cool in a quench tank. When the cooling process is complete, the zinc coating is then metallurgically bonded to the steel. Galvanizing creates an easy-to-clean surface which can give a maintenance-free life of more than 50 years (depending on the environment it is being used in). When maintenance eventually becomes necessary, it is straightforward. No complex preparation treatments are necessary.
What is the best way to care for my horse stall’s finish?
The wear and tear that occurs within a working horse barn can be tough on any finish, but you can help keep the finish on your powder coated stalls looking beautiful with a couple easy steps. Ensure that you add proper hardware and accessories such as bridle hooks, blanket bars, crosstie rings and saddle hooks. When everything has a job-specific space it is easy to preserve the finish on your stalls. Addressing touch up areas as soon as wearing or scratches occur is important. Contact your account manager for touch up paint to eliminate bigger issues.
What is gauge of steel?
Gauge of steel can vary based on type of system (ie. stalls, gates, round pens, wall capping) and manufacturer. The gauge of steel signifies the thickness of the wall of steel tubing or sheet steel. A lower gauge signifies a thicker steel. We uses a heavy gauge steel in the construction of our products. Do not be fooled by imitation—be sure to ask about the gauge of steel when selecting stall equipment.
What type of flooring is best for horse stalls and aisleways?
A good place to start is ensuring you have a level, firm base; either a concrete or level, well-compacted stone dust base is appropriate. You must then decide on the comfort level required and what the purpose will be for each area. We offer vulcanized rubber mat systems or Vulcanized rubber mat systems can also be used in the aisle way or wash/grooming stall as well as our interlocking I-Tiles depending on the amount of traffic the areas will receive. Browse our selection of stall flooring.
Why choose a System Equine stall system?
With so many options when choosing stalls for horses, things can sometimes be confusing; at System Equine we make it easier. Whether you own a two-stall private barn or a 60-stall boarding facility you can be assured we have a stall system to meet your needs. Our stalls are constructed with a high level of attention to detail, excellence of craftsmanship, along with the safety of horse and owner in mind. In our welded systems, each bar is placed through pre-punched holes in the u-channel then welded securely in place for the most durability and best look. Sonic welds or spot welding alternatively will show depletions over time. Our enclosed round track hardware for sliding doors and heavy-duty 2-way adjustable hinges with Delron bushings will keep your stall functioning and feeling smooth for years. Whichever stall system you choose, you can be sure that we will be with you every step of the way. Our trained staff is here to answer your questions and provide decades of experience with finding the right horse stall, stall supplies, and other equine products for your barn, facility, or equestrian center. Our team includes some of the most skilled horse stall designers and builders in the world, that’s the System advantage.
How much will it cost to ship?
We work with many different freight companies to find you the best rate for your location. Our stall and door systems are shipped all over the world. Your location, type of truck used, and the total size of load along with current fuel surcharge rate will determine the cost of your freight. Please give us a call and ask to connect with one of our account managers to arrange a shipping quote.