If you own a horse stable, you probably want to keep your horse as comfortable and secure as possible. Locking your horse in a stall with a closed door prevents good air flow in the stall and also worsens the claustrophobic nature of many horses. Horses need open spaces to thrive and be happy. So, you should use a stall guard instead of a door or gate. A stall guard lets your horse know his boundaries while giving him the air he needs and also the freedom to peek out the stall from time to time. Making your own stall guard is much easier than you think, and this how-to guide will show you what you need to know.
Step 1 - Measure Stall Entrance
Take a measuring tape and measure the width of the stall entrance.
Step 2 - Cut Belts to Length
Take the two canvas belts and cut them to a width that is about the same as the entrance of the stall. The measurement doesn't need to be exact; however, it should be within an inch or two. The extra allowance is possible because you will be using the D-rings and snap rings to make up the difference.
Step 3 - Cut Material
Take your heavy material and cut two pieces that are approximately 20 to 34 inches high, and also cut them to a width that is about 4 to 6 inches shorter than the two pieces of canvas belt that you cut earlier. This section will make up the body of the stall guard. If you'll be adding a piece of embroidery with the horse's name or another piece of material in the center of the stall guard, you may want to go ahead and cut that as well.
Step 4 - Sew Material
Take the two pieces of heavy material that you cut earlier and lay them one on top of the other. Then, use your sewing machine to create strong stitches along with all four edges. You may want to double-stitch the material so that it won't come apart if the horse pushes on the stall guard or tugs on it with its teeth.
Step 5 - Sew D-Rings into Belts
Slip the D-rings over the ends of one of the canvas belts. Next, loop the belt back over the D-ring and create a strong stitch with the sewing machine. Repeat on the other end of the belt. Once you finish with the first belt, do the other one the same way.
Step 6 - Sew Material to Belts
Align the canvas belts along the top and bottom edges of the heavy material. Then, take your sewing machine and stitch the material to the canvas belt. Place one belt along the top edge of the material, and stitch the other along the bottom edge.
Step 7 - Insert Eye Hooks into Stall Opening
Have someone help you hold the stall guard up in the stall entrance. There, choose four positions to insert the eye hooks. Screw the eye hooks into the sides of the stall entrance.
Step 8 - Install Stall Guard
Now, all you need to do is to clip the snap rings onto the stall guard and the eye hooks on the sides of the stable stall entrance.