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    02-03-2013, 12:48 AM
  #11
Green Broke
So these small stalls that are there, how many of them are there? I am not sure how its set up but can the divider between two be taken down so each has a double size stall? One made from two?? AHHH, I will wait for pictures, LOL.
     
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    02-03-2013, 01:01 AM
  #12
Yearling
There's three stalls. One on one end of the barn and two at the other, they're all kind of narrow, though, because of the small space between them and the stanchion manger :S
     
    02-03-2013, 01:04 AM
  #13
Yearling
I was in a barn with the trenches and they had a metal grating to cover, when it was time clean they would remove the grating and push the shavings in. A conveyor type thing would push the shaving along and all the way out the building.
That's the only idea I can think, other than filling it in.
     
    02-03-2013, 08:55 AM
  #14
Yearling
That's a good idea. It would certainly make stall mucking easier. I'm just not sure how the system works anymore, it hasn't been turned on for a long time. I'd have to clean the junk out before I turn anything on.
     
    02-03-2013, 09:57 AM
  #15
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I was in a barn with the trenches and they had a metal grating to cover, when it was time clean they would remove the grating and push the shavings in. A conveyor type thing would push the shaving along and all the way out the building.
That's the only idea I can think, other than filling it in.

My barn has that. It's very useful and saves a lot of time!
     
    02-03-2013, 01:14 PM
  #16
Yearling
A word on the 'conveyor thing' (aka gutter chain).. If this is an older barn, make sure you check the chain for any weak spots before using it. We had an old dairy barn (a big (over 50 stanchions) one), dad had repaired some of the links but I guess there was one that was still weak, we were running the gutter and the chain caught on something (not sure what) and a link broke. I watched about 30 feet of chain come flying down to barn to land about 5 feet away from me. It was scary!
We were using our barn for milk cows (just a few for home use), and behind the bigger cows we covered the gutter with a piece of metal. Dad ended up turning half of the barn into a garage for his truck, and in there he put gravel in the gutters (we took the gutter chain out of the whole barn). The gravel worked great except for the cats with thought it made a wonderful litter box.

Good luck with your barn!
     
    02-03-2013, 01:42 PM
  #17
Yearling
I got back from the barn a little while ago. Sorry for the delay, I had an accident involving hot water about an hour ago But I have the pictures off my camera, I have a bunch to upload! Here are the three barns in order 1st horse barn, 2nd hay barn, 3rd dairy barn.
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    02-03-2013, 01:44 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by GallopingGuitarist    
A word on the 'conveyor thing' (aka gutter chain).. If this is an older barn, make sure you check the chain for any weak spots before using it. We had an old dairy barn (a big (over 50 stanchions) one), dad had repaired some of the links but I guess there was one that was still weak, we were running the gutter and the chain caught on something (not sure what) and a link broke. I watched about 30 feet of chain come flying down to barn to land about 5 feet away from me. It was scary!
We were using our barn for milk cows (just a few for home use), and behind the bigger cows we covered the gutter with a piece of metal. Dad ended up turning half of the barn into a garage for his truck, and in there he put gravel in the gutters (we took the gutter chain out of the whole barn). The gravel worked great except for the cats with thought it made a wonderful litter box.

Good luck with your barn!
Thanks GG, no need to worry though! I talked to my grandfather about the chain and he said it has long since been removed, so that plan is out of the question, guess I'll be mucking manually!
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    02-03-2013, 01:52 PM
  #19
Yearling
These two are of the right side and back of the barn.
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    02-03-2013, 02:13 PM
  #20
Yearling
Now, onto the inside. Pictures of the right and left part of the barn.
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