Grooming Stalls And Wash Racks

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Grooming stalls can be wet to combine it as a wash rack or dry with a separate wash rack either next to it or outside.
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  1. Hi Doc T,

    We would like to utilize a space in the middle of our barn as a grooming/wash rack. The area used to hold a breeding structure, but this was removed. The space is too wide to cross-tie the way its currently configured. Could you tell me the ideal dimensions for a grooming stall for larger horses (16-17.2 hand Warmbloods primarily)? I’m so excited about this site and all that’s available in it. Thanks for taking the time to provide this.

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      Thanks Wendy for taking the time to find the little things in this big website.

      The usual space for a cross tie area is 12 feet based on the fact that most barns create stalls that are 12 x 12. I don’t think there is a rule to follow here but if a horse can turn around on himself while in the cross ties then the space is too wide. Maybe a rule of thumb is to make the space as wide as the horse is long.

      Another factor is having enough comfortable space for you to work around the horse including squatting down to wrap a leg. Then the rule of thumb would be the width of the horse plus 2 times the space you need (for each side). The goal is to be safe.

      I personally don’t like anything in the area like shelves and “stuff” but recessed shelving giving a smooth wall is OK. Never place a light over the head of the horse (see “dangerous things”). Not only is this dangerous but it will cast a shadow all around the horse. See the lighting section.

      Grooming areas can be wet or dry. Be sure to isolate the plumbing so the horse stays safe and the plumbing remains intact. I prefer the drain out the back wall to eliminate pooling of water around the feet of you and your horse.

      This is more than you asked but hey, there was a lot to say!

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