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    11-11-2012, 07:42 AM
  #21
Foal
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    11-11-2012, 12:20 PM
  #22
Yearling
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If it had an indoor arena then I'll bet set! LOL.
     
    11-11-2012, 07:01 PM
  #23
Yearling
I would like a three stall barn, with access to a dry lot. A heated tack and feed room. A nice all weather arena, and five or six acres of pasture. A muck bunker, and a small shed for bulk bedding would be nice as well as a manure spreader, harrow, and a few other things. I don't mind doing the work myself, gives me something to do. A nice trailer would be helpfully too.

Barn have a good size loft, holes to drop hay through, feeders in stalls, and a hose with running water would be awesome.

Honestly a barn is my dream, a place that is drier and safe fencing would be a great. This is coming from someone with a 10 by 10 running shed, who carries hay, water jugs, blankets, feed and everything else 200 feet one way, three times a day.
     
    11-14-2012, 07:23 PM
  #24
Trained
I have put a lot of thought into mine!!!

I would have around 100-150 acres of pasture... plus around 20 acres dedicated to facilities, stables, and yards. All my pastures would be fenced with very high quality fencing, probably what my boss has [3 strands, elastic, electrified... the horses don't test it and it's physically impossible to get hurt if they did get caught], plus one pasture for the foals [and of course their mothers] which would be fairly large, around 10-20 acres, and fenced with cyclone mesh [small diamond-shaped mesh, small enough for hooves not to get through, around 4' high with the top being one wooden rail per fence 'panel', a gap of about 15cm, then mesh to the ground and buried another 50cm underground]... foals can hit it and bounce off and won't get hurt.

I'd have a big barn, probably not heated as it doesn't get freezing freezing cold here but definitely with lights, and each stall would be a decent size [4m by 4m comes to mind] with a door to the indoor breezeway and a door to an outdoor yard... probably concrete then a good thick rubber mat to absorb some shock then pine shavings as bedding. Be around 20 of those, one for each of my 4 competition horses plus room for boarders.

BIG indoor, large enough to have a 60x60 jumping arena [bear in mind all measurements are in metres] and a 60x20 dressage arena plus about 10m between the two [unfenced, would use the portable plastic poles/markers for the dressage arena and then the same for the border of the jumping arena just without letter markers]. An outdoor dressage arena on good quality green turf, and an outdoor jumping arena on the same, each fenced the same as the pastures.

Two stallion yards for my stallions [top jumping-bred warmbloods of course!] which would be more like small pastures, plus two spare for boarders [facilities for stallions are woefully hard to find for those who don't own their own land]... very good quality 6' high fences utterly impossible to break out of or injure on, and the bottom strand high enough that the companion mini gelding could get in/out/under [border fence same as foal pasture to keep said mini in]. Miniatures make great companions for stallions so long as they have a way to escape if the stallion gets aggressive.

My house would be relatively small and cottage-y because I'm not into housework but would have a nice big kitchen with lots of bench space and storage... and a room dedicated solely to gaming with a HUGE flatscreen, a great gaming computer, and various consoles.

Adjoining the barn would be large lockable tack rooms - one for my stuff one for boarders - and a separate feed room so the mice weren't attracted to near the saddles... a barn cat or two, kept a little bit hungry because an overfed cat won't hunt. As well as an office for record-keeping, and for use as a show office.

BIG fancy cross country course going from bottom grade [here we have unofficial E grade which is only 18" and then the Equestrian Australia levels, and then FEI] to 4****... top quality showjumps with all sorts of kinds of fill, a course designer on-site, the best coaches in the country. In the outdoor [which on show day would become the warmup arena] would be the "work" jumps, more simple, and likely to be rather weathered considering they would live outside full-time.

I would have a prominent breeding operation breeding THE very best showjumping warmbloods in the country as well as wb/tb crosses, purebred TB's [using outside stallions for those, I have no interest in TB stallions] and anglo arabs [again using outside stallions], all for eventing... a band of maybe 20 broodmares roughly equal mix of warmblood and TB... and try for colour as well as quality because I have a big thing for dilutes and pintos!

I would only need, oh, a cool $30 million to set it up? And then a lot of money every year to keep it running... oh dear... better marry a mining mogul!
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    11-14-2012, 08:59 PM
  #25
Foal
Luckily I have the barn where I board but we haul water up from the creek they didn't put the thought of electricity when they baught the big fancy water pump so we haul and wait for the days when we will have water and lights haha!!!
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I would like a three stall barn, with access to a dry lot. A heated tack and feed room. A nice all weather arena, and five or six acres of pasture. A muck bunker, and a small shed for bulk bedding would be nice as well as a manure spreader, harrow, and a few other things. I don't mind doing the work myself, gives me something to do. A nice trailer would be helpfully too.

Barn have a good size loft, holes to drop hay through, feeders in stalls, and a hose with running water would be awesome.

Honestly a barn is my dream, a place that is drier and safe fencing would be a great. This is coming from someone with a 10 by 10 running shed, who carries hay, water jugs, blankets, feed and everything else 200 feet one way, three times a day.
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    11-15-2012, 12:52 PM
  #26
Weanling
My ideal facility would include:

Large indoor arena
Large outdoor arena
Hay storage barn
Individual, dry, large paddocks with shelters, free choice, slow feeder hay, automatic waterers
Large grass turnout area, fenced in to two or three seperate pastures (enough for year round turnout with management).
Individual, lit, small locking tack rooms (maybe 6' x 6') for boarders, plus a larger one for me
Large covered area with several sets of cross-ties for grooming
Hot & cold wash stall(s)
Bathroom and lounge area
Access to trails
Maybe a small 2 or 3 stall barn for stall rest etc.
NO MUD!

I'm not big on stalls in general, I'd much rather see horses in turnout as long as they have access to shelter but I do recognize that not everybody wants their horses turned out with other horses, thus individual paddocks with option to turnout on grass daily. Bonus is no need to buy shavings, or clean stalls, just pick paddocks.
     
    12-09-2012, 04:54 AM
  #27
Foal
My dream barn is as follows. Would be 8 stalls in a big red barn 4 on each side being 10x12 stalls. In between each side big enough area to get a truck (possibly dually) and horse trailer in with comfort this way easier to load up the horse. Openings on both sides. At the end of the barn a tack storage room about 12x12 on one side and and a small hay loft about 12x12 big enough to hold hay close to the horses. All with the exterior red with white trim. Then have a round pen outside of that for ridding and training horses. Behind the round pen a huge Hay loft that is enclosed that I can store lots of hay in that I can get to wih ease of my pickup and behind that 4-5 acre fully fenced pasture. All of this behind my 40x40 garage and the garage behind my huge house. Would be perfect on the acreage I am on now if my neighbor behind me moved out unless I did it to the north for my barn and all that which we own that property. Also my horses would be turned out in the day and corralled at night for wildlife reasons out here.
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    12-09-2012, 12:38 PM
  #28
Green Broke
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    12-09-2012, 02:50 PM
  #29
Weanling
My dream barn? Heated barn with 8 stalls with the doors that can be a full door or the top can slide to make a half door! There would be a small window between the stalls so the horses could still see each other when the top part of the door is uphere would be a wash stall and and 6 cross tie stall things. Then there would be ties on the wall if there isn't enough room for the cross ties. There would be a huge tack room and everyone would have their own cubby or locker idk they would have their own room for their stuff. There would also be like a lounge room that would have a fridge and microwave with couches and a tv and stuff. THEN there would be 10 outside 1/2 acre runs with a shelter so the horses can be out side too. THen there would be a big 1.5-2 acre pasture for the horses. There would be a grove where you can make trails. There would be 2 outdoor arenas. One that would have like barrels and poles in it, then the other jumps and stuff. There would be a round pen also for misc needs. Then a nice big heated indoor. Yup that would be great! I would also live on this farm in a ranch styled house! :) haha I would LOVVE this but I could never afford it!
     
    12-09-2012, 02:54 PM
  #30
Weanling
Oh and a hayloft in the barn. Then a separate hey shed to store more hay.
Then a bathroom in the lounge room.
     

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