While hay is one of the dustiest forages available for horses (even good-quality hay), measures can be taken to limit dust levels if that is the only option available. Upon delivery, thoroughly check a number of randomly selected bales for excessive levels of visible dust and any mold that may have developed during storage. Hay should be stored as far away from stalls as possible. Although it may be convenient to store hay directly above the stalls, this practice results in a constant source of new and, potentially, harmful dust. If a storage trailer or separate weatherproof building is available, it is beneficial to store the majority of hay outside the barn. Finally, soaking the hay for a short period of time prior to feeding can reduce dust. Studies have shown that soaking hay for 15 minutes versus half a day doesn’t make a major difference on dust levels. Merely immersing the hay before feeding it to a horse can provide some benefit. Care should be taken not to soak the hay for too long, because soaking overnight can begin to drain some of the nutrients from the hay. Another management consideration is whether to keep barn doors open or closed. Depending on the circumstances, open barn doors can help reduce levels of dust. The stack effect of natural ventilation relies on fresher, cooler air being moved into the barn near the ground level, as warm air is expired through the ceiling or various vents. Opening the doors provides a way for outside air to circulate through the barn, helping remove stale air through other ventilation mechanisms such as fans and vents. Closing the doors reduces the amount of fresh air able to enter the barn and limits it from moving through cracks in the walls or smaller windows. While the tendency might be to wait to open all the doors until a spring day, consider opening them even when the temperatures are a little chillier outside. Doing so can help reduce dust and ammonia levels and make the stable a more pleasant environment for both horses and humans.
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|Heavy duty Galvanized Horse stall
|Other key words
|horse stable /horse house/horse feeding house/indoor safety horse house
|Each panel Size (w*h)
4*2.2m,3.6m*2.2m,3m*2.2m ,other sizes on request
|40*40mm, or 50*50mm
|Hot dipped galvanized
|Easy connection, NO need of support post
|Horse safe, no sharp edges
|Any other requirements, please feel free to contact us .
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