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    11-18-2013, 11:24 PM
Dairy Barn

Has anyone successfully converted a dairy barn for horses. Just moved into a new place last year and the barn is in immaculate condition, would require a little work to setup stalls etc but the big issue is the ceiling. It's only about 8 feet and I my guys are 15.2. If it wasn't for that, it would be perfect. My options are to dig out the floor but I don't want to mess with the foundations. I could just raise the ceiling in the stalls or raise the whole thing. Each of these options sounds pretty expensive. Has anyone doe it?
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    11-18-2013, 11:39 PM
Green Broke
My sister and her husband moved into a place that had an old style barn (loft in it which they don't use for fire safety reasons) a number of years ago. The walls are about 8 ft high and the floor is concrete with stalls, at the time, set up for an assortment of farm animals. At one point, they were considering jackhammering and removing the concrete from the stall areas, filling with dirt but leave the concrete in the alley. In the end, however, after further debating and pondering, they left the concrete in place and put rubber mats over the concrete with bedding on top of that. I know one of her horses is a 16 hander but wall height hasn't been an issue to date with this set up. So while your situation may not be your ideal, if you stay away from situations where a horse may rear, you may do alright.

Good luck with the conversion (and dare we ask for photos?).
    11-19-2013, 12:04 AM
I'll post some in a day or so. Can't get at them right now.
    11-19-2013, 12:07 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Degsy    
I'll post some in a day or so. Can't get at them right now.
Good - I just love looking at conversion and renovation projects especially when I don't have to put in the work!
    11-19-2013, 12:20 AM
My 16.3 does fine in a 8,1/2' ceiling, lots of headroom. When in there he's usually snoozing with his head low anyway, altho he can go in and out at will.
    11-19-2013, 03:35 PM
My neighbor has a dairy barn converted to horses. There is a stall with 2 levels, the top is about 8ft from the ceiling, and the bottom is about 10ft from the ceiling. The horses never have had problems
    11-19-2013, 08:49 PM
Here are the pics.
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    11-19-2013, 09:21 PM
Green Broke
Oh my gosh, my heart skipped a beat when I saw your photos!
What a barn!

I want to have my next birthday party in that loft.

I would try not to do anything to the ceiling if possible.

The next barn I am going to build will have a stork's nest on the roof too.
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    11-19-2013, 09:37 PM
Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
Oh my gosh, my heart skipped a beat when I saw your photos!
What a barn!

I want to have my next birthday party in that loft.

I would try not to do anything to the ceiling if possible.

The next barn I am going to build will have a stork's nest on the roof too.
And that's the other problem, would seem so wrong to change such an awesome barn. We haven't had a party up there yet but the people we bought off used to and it's wired to the sound system in the house. I have a pole shed as well which is currently setup for horses though in a little rougher shape, hence my thoughts about other options.
Pics below. I am grateful to have the options but the barn is currently just used for storage and if I could get the horses setup in there it would be perfect. They are out most of the time anyway, I just need somewhere for the worst weather which is why I'm concerned about the height, if they are ever going to throw a wobbly, I would think it would be in a major storm.
What would you do, stay in the pole shed or move to the barn?
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    11-19-2013, 09:38 PM
Btw, I put an automatic waterer in the lean too and added walls so it's now a three sided run in with stalls.

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