Stable Grilles and Doors
Everything you need to know about buying horse stable doors
A stable should be a place where your horse, or horses, feel most at home; where they are safe and protected from the elements, and can relax, unwind, and simply enjoy life.
A critical component of achieving the above goals is a robust, reliable stable construction that meets - if not outright exceeds - all the needs of your horse. There are many factors to consider in this regard, but arguably the most important of these is the stable doors. In this post, we have sought to highlight absolutely everything every horse owner needs to know about the doors they choose for their horses stable.
Focusing on weaving
It is impossible to discuss horse stable doors without addressing one of the most well-known stable vices in existence: weaving. Weaving involves a horse swaying their legs, head, neck, and upper body from side-to-side; the behaviour, which may sound innocuous at first, has been associated with physical conditions ranging from lameness, weight loss, and uneven muscle development. While a horse can weave in any part of their stall, weaving near stable doors is particularly common, which is why many owners choose to install anti-weaver grills which make it nigh-on impossible for a horse to engage in this vice. If your horse has a history of weaving, or you just want to take preventative action to ensure they do not develop the habit, anti-weaver grills should definitely be included in your horse stable doors.
The importance of durability
Horses are incredibly strong animals; for example, some large horse breeds have been found to pull three times their own weight, and the term “horsepower” is recognised throughout the world as a reference to immense strength. As a result, horse stable doors - and all associated fittings, such as hinges - have to be able to withstand the sheer power of the horse they will seek to contain. Not only does this requirement mean selecting the correct horse stable doors and hinges to begin with, but also regularly inspecting these items when fitted for any signs of damage - and, if damage is found, taking action to restore the strength necessary to secure the stable.
Finally, the last aspect to consider when looking to install horse stable doors is security. Essentially, as well as ensuring your stable doors are durable and robust enough to ensure your horse cannot exit alone, it is also helpful to think about protecting the stall to ensure limited access from the outside. A solid, trustworthy lock is perhaps the most important necessity for achieving this goal; a good padlock on the bolts of the stable door is an absolute must. With the right padlock in place, your horse will be completely protected - and you will be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with this certainty.
To provide the secure, reliable stable that all horses require, choosing the right door is absolutely essential. We hope you have found our tips for choosing horse stable doors helpful, so that you are able to make the best possible choice for any horse under your care in the future.