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  • Adding row of stalls and aisle to arena barn
  • Indoor arena house

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    11-06-2011, 06:34 PM
  #11
Yearling
A few things I'd change if it were my design would be:

1. Easier access to the bathroom. I wouldn't want people going through my office to get there.

2. Central location for the feed room and the tack room equals less steps for your boarders and for your staff to feed.

3. Since this barn is very long, more access in and out in case of fire. You only have two and one is narrow. I'd have three access points.

4. At least two access points for your indoor arena. One bigger one directly to the outside so you can bring in your tractor to drag the arena.
     
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    11-06-2011, 06:39 PM
  #12
Banned
You could instead put 6 stalls where the tack room is, and put the tack room in the middle of the isle of stalls. Then there isn't a long walk from the tack room to some stalls. Although my show saddle weighs a LOT and I carry it from my house down to my barn every time I use it. So I wouldn't have a problem with the tack room being far away. I like the exercise anyway.

Great barn, by the way! I would love to build an indoor arena at my house, and somehow connect it to my existing barn. I just hate that I can't ride whenever I want in the winter :/
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    11-06-2011, 06:45 PM
  #13
Super Moderator
You definitely want big sliding doors at BOTH ends of the barn. It is a safety thing. Also, I agree that you need a tack room at both ends too. Sacrifice the last stalls for another tack area. You might consider the front of the indoor having a viewing area so I can come teach clinics there. The auditors need an area to watch from.

As for no windows on the inside rows? No problems. Many barns I have been at have this. Just put ceiling fans all along the aisle to keep air moving.
     
    11-06-2011, 07:15 PM
  #14
THN
Foal
I like the barn. There are a few things I would change if it were mine but most of it is personal preference. Here are some things in my Dream Barn.

Versatility - I want stalls that can be mostly free standing that I can take apart. Yup I would probably have to design them but I think I have it worked out. This way if I have 20 stalls and 10 horses I can take apart stalls and store them and have more open space.

No Tack Room - I don't want a tack room. Instead I would have nice wide halls with large wooden bin in front of each stall that is big enough for tack and any other belongings the owner would like to store. Each one would have a lock.

If I were to have an arena I would have multiple short halls with doors at the end coming off one of the longer sides of the arena and directly across the arena I would have huge doors to pull a tractor in. Above each hall there would be a trap door in the ceiling to easily toss hay from the loft. The hay would be above the stalls only and the arena would have natural lighting for the day then lights for night time. Access to the loft from in the arena as well as from the outside of the barn.

Yah, it's getting complicated... I better draw a picture and start my own thread... THN STOP THREADJACKIN!

Anyway, enjoy thinking about your dream barn. May it be a constant work in progress as you come up with new and great ideas and layouts.
     
    11-06-2011, 11:52 PM
  #15
Foal
What about a cross tie/tacking up area? :)
     
    11-07-2011, 12:23 AM
  #16
Weanling
Why do you want such a large loft? It seems unnecessary for it to cover almost the entire barn. Lofts generally mean low ceilings, which makes barns feel clausterphobic. It also tends to make barns darker and reduce ventilation. They are also a fire hazard. Personally, I'm very happy that the barn I board at stores their hay & shavings in a seperate building...
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    11-08-2011, 05:02 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
The people with horses in the stalls at the back will have LONG way to walk to the tack room. Plus half your stalls have no windows, and if you add a loft too the ventilation won't be great. Is there a reason why you wanted your barn this shape?

Yeah, I didn't really think about how long it was :/
I had windows planed but then I had to redo the whole layout for some reason and forgot about the windows.
I had it a different shape at first. With only one row of stalls on each side of the arena, but I changed it for some reason.. I'll redraw it and post it to see what barns you guys like better :)
     
    11-08-2011, 05:05 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Red Gate Farm    
A few things I'd change if it were my design would be:

1. Easier access to the bathroom. I wouldn't want people going through my office to get there.

2. Central location for the feed room and the tack room equals less steps for your boarders and for your staff to feed.

3. Since this barn is very long, more access in and out in case of fire. You only have two and one is narrow. I'd have three access points.

4. At least two access points for your indoor arena. One bigger one directly to the outside so you can bring in your tractor to drag the arena.
I don't know if I would mind having people walk into the feed and office to get to the bathroom. Would anyone else mind?
Yeah, I didn't think it would be a long walk lol
Ahaha I actually forgot to draw in the other two doors. I was supposed to have two sets of doors at the front of the barn but I forgot when I did the second drawing.
     
    11-08-2011, 05:08 PM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SarahAnn    
You could instead put 6 stalls where the tack room is, and put the tack room in the middle of the isle of stalls. Then there isn't a long walk from the tack room to some stalls. Although my show saddle weighs a LOT and I carry it from my house down to my barn every time I use it. So I wouldn't have a problem with the tack room being far away. I like the exercise anyway.

Great barn, by the way! I would love to build an indoor arena at my house, and somehow connect it to my existing barn. I just hate that I can't ride whenever I want in the winter :/
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I am going to draw a new barn and I will have it somewhere up farther, either in the middle or too the side.
Thanks :) Yeah, I was pretty set on having an indoor ring because it would mean people can ride whenever, rain or shine or extreme wind and snow lol
     
    11-08-2011, 05:13 PM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
You definitely want big sliding doors at BOTH ends of the barn. It is a safety thing. Also, I agree that you need a tack room at both ends too. Sacrifice the last stalls for another tack area. You might consider the front of the indoor having a viewing area so I can come teach clinics there. The auditors need an area to watch from.

As for no windows on the inside rows? No problems. Many barns I have been at have this. Just put ceiling fans all along the aisle to keep air moving.
I had doors in the first drawing but forgot them in the second :)
I was thinking of a sitting area but couldn't decide where and especially not in the actual arena like my trainer does. I think when I draw the new barn I'll have a viewing room that you would be elevated to over look the whole arena and have storage underneath.
Fans are soo on my want list! :)
     

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