Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
No, a large sliding door, a normal barn door. It would also be a good idea to have a door of somesort closing the arena from the barn. Frank said it before, but I will say it again...it helps to keep some of the heat in the barn, and the cold air out.
My grandparents had a barn before that had sliding doors at the one end of the barn, that gave them access to both rows of stalls. All the stalls had a sliding partition, so that they could come in with the tractor and do a big clean out a few times a year. We would then roll a round bale of straw out, close the partitions, and put the horses back in the stall.
Frank....my barn has a large custom "bucket" on the front of the tractor. Its a big rack thing, and they muck out of the stalls right onto it. It holds about an aisles worth of stalls, which for us is about 20. Since its still on the hydrolic (sp?) system, they just tip it forward to empty it, just like a bucket. I wish I had a picture of it to show you. When the horses have been in for a few days, it may not hold as much, but then it is still only 4 trips to the manure pile, rather then 80ish.
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