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    01-29-2013, 07:55 PM
Barn Makeover, Would Love Some Tips!

I keep the three of my horses on my grandfathers farm. It's a pretty old farm, belonged to my dads' great grandparents. The horse barn is an old draft run in shed that had been converted into a barn with three stalls and enough for some stack by my aunt many years ago when she was keeping her horses there. Since then, the chinking between the logs has all fallen out, leaving the barn freezing cold during the winter and very hot in the summer. Storing our hay is also very difficult, it's constantly being tossed through a hole between it and the barn beside it. My parents and I have been discussing how much easier it would be to turn the old dairy barn into a stable, it's bigger, warmer in the winter, cool in the summer, and has a water pump inside, and the loft if big enough to store all of our hay.

The barn already has a few small box stalls for when the pregnant cows are birthing, but I don't think they'd be big enough to for the horses. In which case, the entire barn would have to be gutted. It also has a manure gutter in it, along with all of the stanchions. I would love some tips and design ideas!!

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the barn right now, I'll get some the next time I'm out. For now, just imagine an old, dusty, dairy barn with a few box stalls in the back!
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    01-30-2013, 01:19 PM
... Bump?
    01-30-2013, 03:36 PM
Over the years I've learned that the best things you can do when laying out a barn are to think of all the things that can save you time or effort based on your routine.
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    01-30-2013, 04:00 PM
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For me, it's hard to comment until I see pictures. How many horses will there be? How big is the barn? Where are the support beams in the barn? How big are the currents stalls? If your horses aren`t gigantic and are just going in over night or for feed, you get by with 10 ft x 10 ft stalls if you had to (I know some of the older barns aren`t really wide). A quick fix is portable corral panelling - it goes up fast and can be taken down later and reused in another project or sold. The standard panels where I am come in 10 ft, 12 ft and sometimes 15ft lengths and can be anywhere from 4.5 ft to 6 ft high; matching gates can also be purchased. The light weight ones (suitable for horses) cost about $80 for a 10 ft section; a gate panel costs about double that. A quick fix for the manure gutter is to pack it full of clay even with the rest of the floor. If you have cement floors, rubber matting would be a good idea for the stalls.
    01-30-2013, 04:42 PM
I'll try to get pictures ASAP. There will be only two, possibly three horses. There is a support beam at either end of the barn, with a row of about twenty stanchions between them. I'm pretty sure the stalls are small than 10 x 10.
    01-30-2013, 05:03 PM
turning barn in to stables

Hiya if you have some pictures I will help you and give you some idears we had a small yard we stored our hay in the loft of the stable it use to belong to the rail road it housed the horses that deliverd the coal for the houses in the roads thay were stalls and we put fronts on them and converted them in to stables we had running water and electric as well.
    01-30-2013, 05:06 PM
I don't have any pictures from the inside at the moment, I might have some from the outside ...
    02-03-2013, 12:45 AM
Do something about the gutter!

I'll also be waiting for the photos, but years ago I used to take lessons at a place that used an old cow barn for the horses. At least one of the horses broke a leg, stepping into that gutter (there may have been more, this was around 30 years ago). Therefore I'd highly suggest filling it in. Or covering with with something that can take the weight of a horse.
    02-03-2013, 12:55 AM
I've seen many converted dairies. Fill in the trench for sure. You can mix your own concrete in a wheel barrow and voila. Remove all the old milking stalls. These have been some of the coziest hand-made barns I've been in. I do it in a heartbeat! Maybe keep the two stalls you mention, if you have the room. One barn I worked in converted a smaller stall into a great feed area, very bright and great circulation. And you just may end up with a small enough horse... Could store tools/smaller implements in the other?

Fun fun! Post lots of pics, before during and after!
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    02-03-2013, 01:22 AM
I'm FINALLY going to barn tomorrow and will definitely get pictures of the barn!

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