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post #11 of 23 Old 11-19-2013, 08:53 PM
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That's a lovely barn - it has character and style.
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post #12 of 23 Old 11-19-2013, 10:45 PM
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Whats wrong with the pole barn? It looks like it is fine condition. The stalls may be a little rough, but the wood looks fine and you could just replace the wire on the top. I would go for that instead of the old barn.

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post #13 of 23 Old 11-20-2013, 03:30 PM
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I will have to measure but I don't think my barn ceiling is over 8 feet and I have never had any problems. Even with the Clyde.
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post #14 of 23 Old 11-20-2013, 03:50 PM
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You have a lovely barn. You do have your work cut out for you. The only problem I see is to fill in the drainage holes. I guess you could cement them in. I have a cement floor in my barn and I just use 3/4" rubber mats in the stalls.
You are SO LUCKY bc your barn is wood. So is mine, though much smaller than yours. Still, I can store up to 500 bales in my loft, so I'm not complaining. Wood buildings breathe AND hold heat bc the wood insulates. I I STILL have to go through another winter with my chickens in a stall--their summer quarters are too cold--and the heat generated by several horses and 30 chickens usually keeps the horse's water from freezing. I've been in some metal buildings in the middle of the winter, and I wanted to go outside to get warm!
I say, first, get your hay, straw and bedding in the loft!! Then, clean up the trash in the barn, plan and make your stalls.
AARRRGGGHHH!!! I need a new roof on MY barn and the first estimate is $10k !!!!!!!

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post #15 of 23 Old 11-20-2013, 04:00 PM
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A thought on the drainage channels. You could fill them with gravel and put those rubber bricks on the top and keep it as a french drain when ever you need to hose out the barn.
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post #16 of 23 Old 12-14-2013, 12:09 AM
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I would strangle someone if they messed with that barn. It's got lovely character. The stalls under my main loft are about 8 feet high. And the side loft won't be much higher - in fact it could be lower and that is the side my husband's 16.2 hand Shire mare has her stall.

I would also try and work with the drains. There has got to be some way to keep them and use them without having to keep stepping over them. Because if they were build in, they are going to be functional and easily cleaned out. Priceless if you ask me.

I can't tell from the angle of the pictures, but the metal posts look like they may be good markers for the stall wall dividers. I think my old barns wooden support beams are about 12 feet apart. The divider walls are about 9 or 9.5 feet long. There is no way I am going to rip out my loft to raise it up a couple of feet. Gotta work with what you got sometimes. I think if I had pulled up and seen a barn like that on my place, the house and everything else would never have been looked at - SOLD!
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post #17 of 23 Old 12-14-2013, 02:06 PM
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You'll have to keep us updated with pictures of what you decide to do with it
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post #18 of 23 Old 12-14-2013, 07:10 PM
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It looks like the trenches held a barn cleaner (angle iron on chains) which carries the manure out to a waiting wagon or manure spreader.
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post #19 of 23 Old 01-04-2014, 07:57 PM
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We have a bowtop barn very similar to yours and love it. Our ceiling is similar to yours in height and is working out fine for us (we have horses here from 14-18 hands) but would like to eventually raise the ceiling. They jack up the ceiling/loft, add on to the walls (for us that would mean concrete blocks) and reattach the ceiling. It has worked well for people around here.

We are filling in the gutter as we go - I'm not up for maintaining a barn cleaner and emptying a spreader every day ;) We put rubber mats over the concrete floor, but our floor is sloped due to the cow stantions, so the mats tend to curl up every so often. I'd like to add stall mattresses eventually. We are building our own stalls too and they are working out well. I love having a barn with tons of character!
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post #20 of 23 Old 01-06-2014, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of getting a metal grid insert for the trough, really don't want to make any permanent changes to such a nice building. It' won't get too dirty as the stalls won't cover them.
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