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post #1 of 21 Old 08-08-2010, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with barn layout

Hey there, hope this doesn't get too lengthy!

I need some help with a one stall horse barn I'm trying to design. I will be purchasing a Clydesdale cross once the barn is complete. The horse is around 15.2, 1000 lbs if that helps at all.

The layout I have now is attached. The dimensions are 16 x 20. The shell is already complete because it was being used as a shed. A long window will be above the feeding area for circulation and a dutch door leads out into the paddock. There will be lights in the tack room and common area, they just aren't included in the plan.

1. The stall I put in is 10 x 12. Do you think this size will be suitable?

2. I've added a faucet to the water area inside the stall. Is this possible? I thought it would be a neat idea if I could do it so the horse can't hook himself on the faucet. Maybe have a short one or one that pulls out from the wall?

3. Is the cross ties area suitable as in size and positioning? Can I add a window next to the door to get some natural light in the cross tie area?

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated! I feel I really need some help because I don't want to run in to problems if I didn't get someone else's opinion on it. And you can be harsh, I don't want to have a layout that doesn't work, I'm willing to totally revamp the design.

Thank you so so much!
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post #2 of 21 Old 08-08-2010, 11:22 AM
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I think it looks good.
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-08-2010, 12:20 PM
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Do you need room for hay storage?

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post #4 of 21 Old 08-08-2010, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, myhorse.

No, I decided to keep the ceiling open. I'll have a large metal container, like the kind for trucks, with hay in it.

But this leads to a good question, will I need some sort of circulation? I don't know much about hay storage.

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post #6 of 21 Old 08-11-2010, 12:19 PM
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I would like to see the 10' wall bigger but I realize you have limited space. I would have hay water and feed up front so you can access it with out walking all the way in. Also I think you will need to use back wall where sink is for tack as it is too narrow to access the back with tack down both sides. I actually think tack will only fit on i side. If a sink is neccessary put it up in the front of the cross tie area. I think it needs reworking yet. What direction is the dutch door? If it is not installed I would move it more to one edge so it is a good wind block depending on direction.
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is there a post in the way of the sliding door? I would not like to be leading the horse in and out that close to a wall. That also impeeds what can go on that wall.
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A couple of thoughts/questions. Is there any reason the stall cannot be pushed into the corner? I agree that getting in that small area is tough to access hay and feed.
I would only think you need water in one place, not 2. Maybe attach a water spigot somewhere accessible to the cross tie are, so that gives you water close to the stall as well as for washing the horse. Not too close tho, unless you have a floor drain. (esp for winter). I would avoid putting it on outside walls, personally due to freezing more easily.

Don't forget an electrical outlet near your grooming area for clippers or whatever.
If you use a sliding type door on the tack room you will be able to use the wall on the way into the tack room for storage (perhaps metal trash cans for feed?).
A shelf in the tack area with a small microwave is great-for warm water in winter, etc.
I also do not like the post coming right out of the stall. Perhaps one of the posts for the cross ties could be the actual corner post for the stall?
You should be able to add a window in the crosstie area-next to the door-but I would also think about one on the side (20') wall in addition. Good cross ventilation, as well as light. And, if you shove the stall back into the corner, you won't need that window, unless you want a small one in the stall for ventilation on those yukky winter days just for a bit of air.......
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post #9 of 21 Old 08-11-2010, 04:08 PM
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I was working on a floor plan for you and noticed The post do not line up on your plan, so is that were they really are.
What openings are existing and what are you adding?
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Are you going to heat your shed?

With a sink with a faucet you are going to have to at least find a way to keep the pipes from freezing (heat tape, etc).

What do you mean by saying you put a faucet in the stall?

I would not leave a water source in a stall with a horse where they can easily make horse personalizations to it. Not only do you risk the horse getting caught on it, you risk finding your barn flooded when you go out there the next day.

I agree with the suggestion that having the feed, water and hay locations on the aisle side of the stall is far more practical.

You might want to think about having your water and grain that close together too. Dropping grain pieces into a water bucket is a quick way to make a mess. A little space between them goes a long way in preventing this.

With the column shown where it is in the aisle I am not sure your stall door will open far enough to safely get a horse in and out.

Where do you plan on keeping your hay?
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