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post #31 of 36 Old 04-07-2011, 05:45 PM
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I fourth (fifth?) the bathroom idea. Although I do not have my own horse, I still go to the barn straight from work for lessons sometimes, and use the bathroom to change in. I also normally have to pee before or after a lesson, and would be ok to pee in a stall...but there are too many people there all the time to do it comfortably.

My barn has an enclosed yard, so the horses are turned out and in according to paddock, and go out(and in) on there own, with someone going to open/close the paddock gates, and someone opening/closing stall doors. It makes it go a lot quicker, but it is a rather large barn.

Lockers are a nice touch if you can afford to do them, and they really dont have to be huge.

You dont have to have a heated barn by the way. If you insulate it well enough and the correct way, it should stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


Just as a sidenote....you should price out the cost of a barn kit versus the price of buying the supplies. It could be possible that one over the other could be cheaper.

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I fourth (fifth?) the bathroom idea. Although I do not have my own horse, I still go to the barn straight from work for lessons sometimes, and use the bathroom to change in. I also normally have to pee before or after a lesson, and would be ok to pee in a stall...but there are too many people there all the time to do it comfortably.

My barn has an enclosed yard, so the horses are turned out and in according to paddock, and go out(and in) on there own, with someone going to open/close the paddock gates, and someone opening/closing stall doors. It makes it go a lot quicker, but it is a rather large barn.

Lockers are a nice touch if you can afford to do them, and they really dont have to be huge.

You dont have to have a heated barn by the way. If you insulate it well enough and the correct way, it should stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


Just as a sidenote....you should price out the cost of a barn kit versus the price of buying the supplies. It could be possible that one over the other could be cheaper.
Well i'm not exactly sure how to go about making a supplies list that the barn would need to be built. My father-in-law will probably be able to do that though, i'll have to talk to him. We have looked at BIY kits though, they seem decently cheap :).

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If you got a big chain store like Menards etc you can buy plans that give you a supplies list. You can also buy barn plans online and they come with supply lists. You in turn can take that supply list to other lumber yards for quotes. Also, the economy is bad and alot of contractors
are looking for work (at least in my area). Get your list and ask a couple contractors to quote it out with their discounts/connections. Go with the best deal (if he's not froggy, of course).
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We have a 20 foot by 30 foot barn, with 5 standing stalls, three cattle head holds and an empty stall we use for a storage area. Our stall "walls" for our mares (which have been chewed down) are 3 feet, one stall has a manger, our geldings wall is ceiling high. We have a wood storage area on the side, and a cattle barn connected.
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post #35 of 36 Old 04-07-2011, 10:16 PM
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My barn is 36x100 feet. No stalls, but I have panels set up for 5 runs that are each 10x30 and I have room for 5 more if I were to really need them. I have an enclosed tack room that is 13x13 and the rest of the barn is open inside. I also vote for a bathroom if you are going to be having students or boarders around. With it just being my family at my barn, it's pretty easy to just tell folks you're going around the side of the tack room to visit the little girl's room, though I prefer to walk to the house when I can.

For what I do and what I need, though, the open floor plan is so much more practical. I can move the panels around to make a pen wherever I need it and however big, there is even room to set up a small round pen inside for limited riding in inclimate weather. I have plenty of room for hay storage and I can pull in a vehicle if I need to during a hail storm.


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If you got a big chain store like Menards etc you can buy plans that give you a supplies list. You can also buy barn plans online and they come with supply lists. You in turn can take that supply list to other lumber yards for quotes. Also, the economy is bad and alot of contractors
are looking for work (at least in my area). Get your list and ask a couple contractors to quote it out with their discounts/connections. Go with the best deal (if he's not froggy, of course).
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Hmm i didn't know mernards had pole barn plans, i wonder if they will have any plans the size i need them. I'm just not sure how to go about planning the indoor arena, because i'm not sure if thats something would be a BIY job?..

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