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post #1 of 7 Old 02-17-2010, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Calling all barn owners .

Okay , so my barn owner gave us a project to do on owning a barn on paper. We have to think about EVERY DETAIL of owning a barn. Like lesson plans , feed , hay , horses and what the months bring and every thing else. What are some things you have experienced and some general barn owner tips and stuff . Its due in the summer. So she wants lots of pages filled.

BTW ; the best notebook gets 100 store credits. Which mean we get to get 100 dollars worth in her tack store. And it sells everything !

Thanks for the help in advance.

Lola Luffnangle. <3 Heres to forever!
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-18-2010, 10:24 PM
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Fun project! One of the first things I did before starting my barn was actually do an excel spreadsheet of how many horses, what a single bag of feed cost, how much a bale of hay cost on average, sawdust, sweet pedz (the deodoriser) all that kind of stuff. I also did a diagram on there of the rough layout of the barn with each stall allocated, cost of each stall, etc.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-18-2010, 11:06 PM
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Here's a quick view at what the months bring from Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac:

January-
-Set up Records
-Establish baseline vitals
-Prepare foaling kits
-Tractor Maintenance
-Deworm
-Rhino #2 for broodmares
-Annual barn cleaning

February-
-Re-stock first aid

March-
-Immunizations
-Rhino #3 for broodmares
-Deworm

April-
-Pasture walk/check
-Spring clean
-Truck/Trailer maintenance
-Review in-hand work

May-
-Deworm
-Take hay inventory
-Update feed board
-Review trailer loading

June-
-Monitor pasture for optimal grazing
-Monitor horses so they don't get overweight
-Organize fly sheets/masks
-Put out fly traps
-Fence upkeep
-Purchase hay supply
-Make sure winter blankets are washed/repaired

July-
-Deworm

August-
-Dental Exam
-Clean sheaths

September-
-Deworm
-Ready sheets/blankets
-Prep pastures for winter
-Check for bot eggs
-Allow horses to gain winter weight
-Wash and store fly sheets/masks
-Winterize truck and tractor
-Winterize barn water pipes
-Oil hinges and latches

October-
-Further winterize the barn
-Request winter shoes if the horse needs them

November-
-Deworm
-Monitor water intake
-Increase hay intake
-Complete tack cleaning

December-
-Winter clip

These are just a few things from her book, there's still loads more you have to do arounf the farm.

-Melanie
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-20-2010, 11:48 AM
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The whole idea is for you to think of what is involved not us doing it for you. You will learn more also, challenge yourself and see what you can come up with.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-20-2010, 12:36 PM
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Spread sheets are great. I like to do a best and worst case secnario of costs.

You need to be very coordinated
Worming
Vet/farrier visits
Hay/feed
Lessons
Maintenance
Advertising
Shows/events at the farm
Employee schedules/including sick/vacation abcenses

Maybe ask your BO what she's doing when she's at the barn on day x. It may give you an idea. Also check out some books in the library.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-20-2010, 04:59 PM
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The whole idea is for you to think of what is involved not us doing it for you. You will learn more also, challenge yourself and see what you can come up with.
That is exactly what I was thinking too!

Horses are like chips...you can never just have one
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-20-2010, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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I already have alot of stuff . All the basic things and a journal as me being a BO and all the months. I know im supossed to do it on my own. I was just wondering from any actual barn owners what they do at there farm. Thanks for all th ehelp guys !

Lola Luffnangle. <3 Heres to forever!
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