door jam

A board placed at ground level at the entrance of the stall, between the inside stall and outside paddock, reduces dirt from getting tracked in and helps keep stalls a little cleaner.

Horse life at home is all about chore efficiency, and sometimes the simplest solutions are best.

One small thing we did recently at Sweet Pepper Ranch, our horse motel and guest ranch in southwestern Idaho, has made our rainy season horse chores just a little bit easier. Our horses have 24/7 accesses to their outside paddocks, so we were getting a lot of dirt and sand tracked in. We installed a simple stall guard (or door threshold), which I refer to as a stall door jam. This is a board (preferably treated wood so it’ll last) placed at ground level at the entrance of the stall, between the inside and outside.

The purpose of this “door jam” is to stop or reduce dirt from getting tracked in and help keep stalls a little cleaner and easier to care for. If you use bedding it’ll help hold that bedding in and not allow as much to get tracked out.

Steps to install your stall door jam:

door jam

To begin construction, rake footing away from in front of the stall door in order to clear a good working area.


1. Rake away footing from in front of the stall door in order to clear a good working area.
2. Take one or two pieces of 2 x 4 or 4 x 4 treated wood, which is longer than the door width.
3. Measure the size of your space where you want the board (keep in mind the old adage “measure twice – cut once!”)
4. Cut the board to fit snugly into the space.
5. Secure the board into the door frame with either screws or by toe-nailing it in.

Good luck and happy jam’n!

Alayne