Originally Posted by ponyboy
Forgot to add: Because of the way fire/smoke spreads even a loft is safer than storing hay *beside* your horse.
Hmm, now there IS a good point! Keeping hay in a loft will also keep it dry from flooding, come to think of it. Now we is coming to a consensis
So, maybe keep your hay in a loft above the stall and tackroom, with a built in ladder in the crosstie area? But if you were to do this, trust me from experiance, I HEAVILY reccommend you put a big window and a pulley system up on the top floor, on the side of the barn where the hay is. This is so that you can pull your truck w/ hay next to it, and send the pulley up and down to get the hay going around. ;) Lifting/throwing hay up onto that second story gets *exhasting* after about 40 bales ...