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  • Modular barns with living quarters new hampshire
  • I want to live in my barn

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    07-07-2012, 03:57 PM
I've been shopping around, and comparing apples to apples, and i've talked to a couple of different builders. I really just want to get what I need, nothing really fancy, I mostly will need it as hay storage, and if a horse gets injured can be separated from the group, and it would be nicer for my vet and trimmer to work under compared to nothing now. Its a little difficult, and i'm really working on saving and having everything ready before I sign anything. I learned a lot from my mom, she knows alot about this stuff too. The most reasonable company i've found so far is from Altglen Pa, Horizon structures. I really like some of there barn floor plans too.
Thanks everyone for the input!!! :)
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    07-12-2012, 06:08 PM
Something you could also do is build 2 run-ins (Openings facing eachother) with a 10-12 ft space in between, and later close it in, turn the two run-is into stalls, and then hay storage above the middle part. I'm not sure if that makes sense.. Haha
    07-14-2012, 10:02 AM
Ha ha that's a good idea!! Thanks
    07-16-2012, 10:19 PM
Another option is to have a barn built with living quarters on the top story, about the size of a 2 bedroom apartment. Two of the stables I've worked at had the owner /manager living above the horses and it was a great arrangement! :)
    07-17-2012, 11:39 AM
Stephshark I actually thought about it, but my husband was kind of weird about the whole idea. I liked it though i've always wanted to live in my barn!! I will keep it as an option!! Thanks :)
    07-22-2012, 09:32 AM
I would so love a barn house, but sadly, with my husbands alergies to hay dust & horse hair, that wouldn't work
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    07-22-2012, 12:05 PM
Ooh, living quarters :3

Anyway, I'm assuming this from your post -
- Your horses live on Pasture 24/7
- You need a dry place to store hay
- You'd like somewhere to tie the horses in the shade, that way you/farrier/vet can work in a safe dry place
- You'd like a space to keep an injured horse.

Okay, below I've done a rough sketch and general picture of what I think would work well for you :)

The outside. It's very simple, really. It would be a bit bigger than this in the closed off part, and there would be a horse-sized door leading to the closed part as well, accesable from the open area.
You would put the building in the field, so the horses have a spot to get out of crus weather as well. There would be 2 tie chains in the open part to serve as a crosstie. I'll show you what I mean in the sketch.

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    07-22-2012, 12:49 PM
Hey that's not bad xJumperx. I have 4 horses so the run in area would need to be a little bigger, since my one gelding is very dominant and keeps the others out when he chooses to be in a certain area.
Not a bad idea at all!! Thanks
    07-22-2012, 02:28 PM
Originally Posted by Elizabeth Bowers    
Hey that's not bad xJumperx. I have 4 horses so the run in area would need to be a little bigger, since my one gelding is very dominant and keeps the others out when he chooses to be in a certain area.
Not a bad idea at all!! Thanks

My pleasure :) Yep, you could adjust anything to however you want. Could add more stalls, more hay storage, bigger tack room, bigger run in ... everything is adjustable when your building :) Just keep in mind that if you make the open area bigger, you need longer crossties. I recommend making a clipping mechanism so that you can clip the crossties to the wall when not in use, but that's something easy that your average joe could do.

Best of luck!! Let us know what you decide :)
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    07-22-2012, 07:36 PM
No way I'd store hay right beside a stall and tack room. But that's just me.

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