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    10-11-2013, 04:01 PM
Powder room , to powder what ever needs powdering (and it might not be your nose)
Shoe shine to buff your boots, or hooves on show days.
Hair dryer to get rid of "helmet hair"
Hot tub, for after ride aches and pains
Wetbar, for after ride aches and pains
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    10-11-2013, 04:04 PM
I disagree on the smoke detectors. I thought it was an obvious item but I ended up having to pull them all down b/c the dust in the barn kept making them go off. No matter how much I tried to keep them clean they would always go off and spook the horses. Also there would never be anyone in the barn or close enough to hear them at night.

The best we could do is:
Have a no tollerence no smoking policy.
Clean dust and cobwebs as often as possible
Keep hay area clean.
Add baby proof plugs or covers to all electrical outlets.
Keep fire extinguishers prominent, maintained and plentiful.

Farriers, that use furnaces and hot shoe are limited to a specific gravel area and must hose down the area when they're done. No matter what.
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    10-11-2013, 04:21 PM
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    10-11-2013, 04:55 PM
Hmm, yeah, I can see the problem with smoke detectors. On the boat they go off all the time too, so we just take out the batteries. I didn't think of dust and spooking the horses.
    10-11-2013, 05:26 PM
You forgot one VERY important item....


Congrats, girlie!! I'm so excited for you!

Shovels. Lots. They grow legs and/or all congregate around one muck bucket at the furthest point away from where you need them. Actually, put them on retractable lanyards.
Big manure forks. Not the dinky little ones.
Flat feed pans.
Duct tape.
Toilet paper and towels for the bathroom.
Washing machine. A pay-per-use washing machine!!!
Large oversize sink with hot water faucet.
Pressure washer.
Brooms. Lots of them and good quality.
Cross ties or straight tie rings.
Lockers for boarders? Go as big as you possibly can. Space for people to bring in their own lockers.
Blanket racks/pegs. Lots and lots.
Hoof picks at arena doors.
Large hanging calendar whiteboard for shows and lesson times.
Jump poles/standards/fillers?
Traffic cones for directing various stuff.

But seriously.. I need to convince Rich that we need to move out east!!!
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    10-12-2013, 10:15 AM
How fun! Spending someone else's money! Can I play too?

A radio!! I love listening to music while doing barn chores and I think it relaxes the horses
Flashlights and headlamps
Extra water heaters
Large ziplock bags for bandage and leg wrap storage
Extra work gloves for chores
Mouse and fly control (a barn cat is your friend)
A posted vaccination and worming schedule

I bought some IKEA towel racks for my blankets. They are fairly heavy and have 4 stacked bars that swing outward. These are awesome!
GRUNDTAL Towel holder with 4 bars - IKEA

I agree on having doubler triple the number of bridle / halter hooks you think you need.
    10-12-2013, 05:19 PM
Originally Posted by Koolio    

I bought some IKEA towel racks for my blankets. They are fairly heavy and have 4 stacked bars that swing outward. These are awesome!
GRUNDTAL Towel holder with 4 bars - IKEA

I agree on having doubler triple the number of bridle / halter hooks you think you need.
So weird! I bought the Ikea Gruntal drying rack for my English saddle pads. It keeps them organized and compactly stored. Http://

For my western pads I bought the Abetta Saddle rack with blanket bar, it stores the pad separately so you don't need to move the saddle to get to it. :

For my horse blankets I bought the Dover blanket rack with swing arms. It's a little more expensive but you can add a ton of swing arms to the single compact frame, and best of all the square swing arms allow the blankets to keep their shape which let's them dry faster. I hang blankets from it inside out and hung a heat lamp above them, for in the fall and winter to help them dry out but also make them toasty warm. And who doesn't like a warm blanket when it's snowing outside!

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    10-13-2013, 05:39 AM
Wow this sounds awesome!!! Honestly I have nothing to contribute, but I'm just super excited for you!

One of these days I'm going to have my own barn too -- specifically catered to re-training and rehabbing Ottbs. It also WILL have a cross country course.

Anyways congrats, good luck and have a ton of fun buying and planning! You know you will absolutely HAVE to post pictures once it is done, right?!!
    10-20-2013, 07:06 AM
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    10-20-2013, 07:23 AM
I built my barn 4 yrs ago and am still working on it. My 72' x 110' covered arena is due to go up next week!!!

I want to agree with the suggestion of the HoofGrid or other flooring grid. Mud/footing can really make or bread a facility.

Good luck! Have fun!!
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