Sometimes we need something, and sometimes we want something. And sometimes what we need and want are the same things. In this article we'll look at some stall accessories that are pleasing to your horse, and helpful to you.
Don't you hate it when a stall door won't stay open? That’s why Innovative Equine Systems has stall door magnets that hold your doors safely out of the way until you give a gentle tug and release the door from the magnet. With a simple wall attachment to your hinged doors, this magnet works well with shutters, dutch doors and stall fronts. You can keep yourself and your horses safe and add these great magnets to all of your hinged barn doors. They are 3" deep with a 2 ¾" diameter.
In your stall (or trailer) you want to make sure your horses are securely fastened, but with a safe way to release in case of accidents. Cut Heal Animal Care has a safety release that can be attached to existing leads, trailer ties and cross ties. The company states that it will protect the horse, rider and property, and it will prevent breaking halters and lead ropes and damaging property. "It will turn your leads into a very effective training system allowing you to teach a horse after a bad tying experience to tie again; teach pullers to stop pulling and halter break young horses," noted the company.
The Horse Houdini, also from Cut Heal, is a must-have for anyone with a horse that is an escape artist. This stall latch guard prevents horses from leaving the stall of their own accord. It is quick and easy to install. When closed, it locks the tongue of the door latch into position. Pressing the hidden release button opens the guard and allows the stall latch to function normally.
Feed and water buckets are regular stall fixtures. Fortiflex makes an aluminum bracket specifically for flat-backed buckets that holds them securely against the wall or post and locks the bucket into a tip-free position. This is particularly helpful when you have a horse that likes to play with his buckets.
Bucket Buddy’s bucket hook, made from hard plastic, won’t fall off nor is it obstructive or intrusive, making it a safe choice. It screws directly into the wall, and it’s fairly easy to get the bucket in and out of the hook. Plus, it’s inexpensive and easy to install.
TackRack is designed for complete customization of your tack storage. TackRack's open design promotes maximum air movement for faster drying. Above-floor mounting makes cleaning underneath easy by eliminating floor clutter. Modular components allow you to assemble as many sections as you need, and mount them wherever it will be most convenient in your stable.
To decrease the chances of a horse casting itself in the stall, you might want to install anti-cast safety strips from America’s Acres. These strips help the horse get leverage to push away from the wall, thus decreasing the chance of injury to horse or human.
Made from a pliable, durable material, the 3-foot strips can be installed in either temporary or permanent stalls.
Similarly, kick pads from FarmTek offer economical, coated vinyl pads that are ideal for horse stalls, vans, and trailers. The pads are made of heavy-duty foam, which is covered with white coated vinyl. These are a good solution for horses that frequently kick stall walls.
For a horse that cribs, try an anti-cribbing coating from Woodstar Products, Inc. This liquid can be brushed or sprayed on to deter wood chewing. It comes in clear or brown and also serves as a wood preservative. Yet it contains no toxic chemicals, penta, arsenical or creosote.
Another option for wood-chewers is to cover wood with something less tasty, such as Armour Companies’ all-aluminum Chew Guards. These help prevent chewing and can also be placed over areas that have already been chewed. The strips are sold by the foot and can be cut to any length.
Innovative Equine Systems offers a variety of materials solutions for stalls. One is high-density polyethylene lumber, extruded with a wood grain so that it looks like real wood. But it has some advantages over the real thing: the slippery texture means horses can’t chew on it, and it’s nearly maintenance free, as it resists splintering, cracking, insects, moisture and rot.
Hinged feeder doors offered by many companies make feeding time easier. Innovative Equine Systems’ feeder door opens out instead of down, and can also act as a yoke.
A similar product is the rotating feeder door. This is built into the stall wing and made of hard cast aluminum. It rotates a full 360 degrees so it swings out, you drop the feed, then keep turning it until it reaches its original position.
Innovative Equine Systems also offers a low profile stall light. This light is easy to install and is power washable, with no parts to rust. It mimics daylight with just one fixture per stall and, according to the company, lasts up to 13 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs.
Barn shutters fixed to the outside windows allow you to close up the barn in the event of inclement or very cold weather. Classic Equine offers sliding or hinged shutters. The sliding shutters feature the same high-quality track and trolly system used for their stall fronts. Hinged shutters mount directly to the face of the barn and are made from adjustable stainless steel hardware. When coupled with a window yoke, shutters make an excellent addition to a barn in warm climates.
Adding any number of these convenience and safety features can improve the efficiency and aesthetics of your stalls and barn. They will help both you and your horses, and that’s always welcome.