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post #21 of 36 Old 04-06-2011, 12:01 AM
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Always plan for expansion! When we opened our little 10 acre, 6 stall barn in the fall of 2008 to boarders we NEVER figured we would have grown to a 62 acre facility putting up a 72'x300' indoor arena/barn.

A bathroom is a must! We are just putting ours in now. For the last 2 years we've told boarders they can use the one in the house.. 1/2 of them took us up on the offer.. and although I didn't mind, it sucked having to keep my house spotless!

10 stalls is a good size especially if you will be cleaning those stalls by yourself which will happen even if you have hired help.

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post #22 of 36 Old 04-06-2011, 12:06 AM
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PS.. your little girl is adorable! Good luck building and running a barn with small children. My son just turned 3 and it's been an adventure, that's for sure!!

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post #23 of 36 Old 04-06-2011, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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PS.. your little girl is adorable! Good luck building and running a barn with small children. My son just turned 3 and it's been an adventure, that's for sure!!
Thank you, i will def. be keeping room for expansion :). I'm pretty sure were only going to start with a 10 or 12 stall barn, just to get us up and going. I dont want to take one more than i can handle so quick :).

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post #24 of 36 Old 04-06-2011, 11:32 PM
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Unless you can afford hot water & heated stalls I've never seen the point of having a indoor wash area. My friend has a barn with a wash area and has never used it because the water and barn are unheated, so you still have to wait until warm weather to bathe the horses... And if it's warm enough for that... Its often easier to just do it out in the grass. That just my opinion though.
Actually a wash stall serves more then the purpose of bathing horses.

My barn is heated, and I have hot water in the barn, but in winter I still don't use my wash stall to bath, as it still is too cold for bathing IMO, as w people coming and going through doors, it lets in a blast of cold air, and a wet horse even if in heated barn and w cooler on could get a chill....not to mention how long a furry horse takes to dry!!

But we still use our wash stall almost everyday for other things such as, washing and hosing off buckets and feed tubs, washing brushes, hosing off blankets.....its very handy to have, not just for bathing horses.

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post #25 of 36 Old 04-07-2011, 02:14 AM
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You make a great point about the wash room having multiple purposes! I bet in the winter months it's a life saver for keeping things tidy. I didn't even think about that!! But as a boarder I am spoiled. I'll admit it! Another idea I had today as I was sitting in the laundry mat. Big washers for blankets and such. Man if I had unlimited money.... *sigh*
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post #26 of 36 Old 04-07-2011, 09:00 AM
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^^^^ This is exactly why I don't have washers in my barn. It would last a month! EVERYone and their dog would use it and put their giant horse blankets in them. (like I did with my mom's washer and dryer hehe)

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post #27 of 36 Old 04-07-2011, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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You make a great point about the wash room having multiple purposes! I bet in the winter months it's a life saver for keeping things tidy. I didn't even think about that!! But as a boarder I am spoiled. I'll admit it! Another idea I had today as I was sitting in the laundry mat. Big washers for blankets and such. Man if I had unlimited money.... *sigh*
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lol i think we'd all do some amazing things if we had the money

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post #28 of 36 Old 04-07-2011, 04:52 PM
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^^^^ This is exactly why I don't have washers in my barn. It would last a month! EVERYone and their dog would use it and put their giant horse blankets in them. (like I did with my mom's washer and dryer hehe)
Haha. I bet the owners of the laundry mat cringe when I roll in with big blankets full of dirt (and prolly poop) and stuff em into their washers! But at what they charge to do an oversized load! Geesh! One of the BIG laundry mat washers bought at an auction or going out of business sale would be soooo cool though.
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This thread is dangerous. Haha. It's got me in fantasy mode. My fiance and I are building a house (the land has a nice horse barn already) and while he's planning the house. I'm talking nonstop about fencing... Stolen laundry mat washers... Roundpens etc. He always has to bring me back on task. I'm redoodling my plans with the ^^^ padlock feature... Shouldn't I doodle his last name with mine? I think that's what I am suppose to do... I'm odd.
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^Too funny! The laundromat lady here is already giving me the stink eye before I get out of my truck lol!

I have an entire notebook of doodles :) Eventually, one by one doodles become the honey-do list....after 10 years my hubby just shakes his head when he sees me sketching horse stuff
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