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post #11 of 18 Old 06-15-2012, 02:08 AM
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I can't give a picture, but will a computer drawing work?

ETA: Dad called them Grandpa bins. After we lost a horse to some molded grain we put galvanized trash cans in the spaces inside so they could be removed and sanitized. He capped the corners along the bottom with metal to keep the mice from chewing into it. He used decorative nail heads to secure the metal, some nice hinges, old leather harness piece for a handle, and sanded it and stained it to match the stall fronts.

Inside, the shelf folded up on hinges and a chain on each end kept it from falling all the way down. The casters were heavy duty with the lock down tabs on them. They swiveled so it was really easy to unlock, pull out and sweep behind.
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thats awesome rascaholic. i will have to build something like that. seems extremely efficient and easy for clean up and feeding while keeping everything together
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You got me interested in all this, so I started doing my own little research and found this! Thought it might be helpful. :)

http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/ub036.pdf

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very very interesting will have to read over that :) thank you
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I can't give a picture, but will a computer drawing work?

ETA: Dad called them Grandpa bins. After we lost a horse to some molded grain we put galvanized trash cans in the spaces inside so they could be removed and sanitized. He capped the corners along the bottom with metal to keep the mice from chewing into it. He used decorative nail heads to secure the metal, some nice hinges, old leather harness piece for a handle, and sanded it and stained it to match the stall fronts.

Inside, the shelf folded up on hinges and a chain on each end kept it from falling all the way down. The casters were heavy duty with the lock down tabs on them. They swiveled so it was really easy to unlock, pull out and sweep behind.
Oh before I forget again... inside the "lid" put an eye hook dead center, then on the wall behind the bin place a length of chain, cable, rope with a small hook on the end to hold open the lid. It hurts if it falls while you are bent over inside it.
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I would not want a loft at all. I would keep everything on ground level. Have large doors where feed, hay and bedding can be unloaded straight from the delivery vehicle.
Surely the expense of building a loft would be cut if it is on one level?
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There is no way in hell I would store hay or bedding material in the same building as the horses. I've seen two barn fires in my life and never want to see another. In one fire the flames had to be 200' in the air. Nothing survived as in both instances they went up too fast. Because of those fires I can't even leave horses locked in a stall. My small barn has two open doorways and the horses can leave at any time. I also don't have an electrical wiring. My hay shed shares an end wall and lots of air moves through there. There's never more than a hundred bales at any time. If spontaneous combustion occured the horses could easily get out.
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