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    03-05-2011, 08:46 PM
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Foal
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We are tearing down our old POS barn this year and building a new, larger one. I was wondering if you have any tips, like thing people commonly don't think of. Also do you prefer stall dividers where the horses can see eachother(bars) or completely solid ones? Any cool ideas for the tack room? Is aluminum too weak for horses who rub alot?
     
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    03-05-2011, 11:55 PM
  #2
Weanling
The solid dividers are generally cheaper to buy. As for cool tack rooms ideas - I think a sink would be nice, shelves, loads of storage ( you can never have too much, especially if your a tack hoarder lol). Keep a fully stocked first aid cabinet, and I think it would be useful to have extra buckles, latches, etc. A washer & dryer would also be helpful, but really that's just for convenience. Have an area for tack cleaning supplies, and, as always, loads of hooks, and a few saddle stands might be nice =) If your in the mood to decorate, maybe add a few horse posters, a hang-up book on braiding, anatomy posters, etc. As far as aluminum, I can't be of help, but i'm sure someone will answer your question sooner of later =) best of luck to your barn building!
     
    03-06-2011, 12:12 AM
  #3
Showing
Agreed, the solid partitions are cheaper, plus they help alleviate stress on horses, especially if you have an aggressive horse or a stud. That way, they can't see the horses next to them and cause a commotion. However, they also block a lot of light so a solid partition barn will be much darker than an barred partition. We had both solid partition and bar partition in our old barn.

Aluminum on what? What will the horses be rubbing on that might be too weak if made from aluminum?

As for tack rooms, I like a pretty basic room. A sink and cabinets would be nice, not to mention a small refrigerator for medicines and such, but that isn't a necessity to me. If you opt to put in a sink, then you have to think about insulating and heating the room in the winter time (or at least putting heating tape on every single pipe) or you would spend the entire winter with frozen pipes and time in spring replacing the ones that busted.
     
    03-06-2011, 09:56 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Agreed, the solid partitions are cheaper, plus they help alleviate stress on horses, especially if you have an aggressive horse or a stud. That way, they can't see the horses next to them and cause a commotion. However, they also block a lot of light so a solid partition barn will be much darker than an barred partition. We had both solid partition and bar partition in our old barn.

Aluminum on what? What will the horses be rubbing on that might be too weak if made from aluminum?

As for tack rooms, I like a pretty basic room. A sink and cabinets would be nice, not to mention a small refrigerator for medicines and such, but that isn't a necessity to me. If you opt to put in a sink, then you have to think about insulating and heating the room in the winter time (or at least putting heating tape on every single pipe) or you would spend the entire winter with frozen pipes and time in spring replacing the ones that busted.

Price isn't an issue. Rio is very attached to the mare next to him, and when he can't see her he freaks out(why he jumped a fence and got stuck)...so that's why I wasn't sure about the dividers. Is it better for him to force him to get over his attachment?

I noticed the stall bars come in aluminum or galvanized steel. The climate is always wet here, which is why we just got an aluminum trailer(the other one rusted after a few years) but the contractor said he tried aluminum and his horses bent it. So I was wondering if other people had that problem.
     
    03-06-2011, 10:48 AM
  #5
Showing
I think that ours were steel and the newer ones on one end of the barn never did rust even after being in there for about 28-30 years. We did have a bent bar in a couple of places, but then again, we sometimes had some real outlaw horses coming through there . I doubt most normal folks would have that problem.
     
    03-12-2011, 05:03 PM
  #6
Weanling
I have most my stalls w solid partions, but I do have a few w just bars, so horses can see each other,
It works well for horses that get upset if they can't see another horse, or weaning a foal from mom.
So if you could have both would be benificial.

Ours are steel as well, never had issues w rust.

A bathroom is a huge bonus for any barn, a good sized tackroom, and I also think a feed room is a huge asset, it keeps feed secure from horses, rodents, and keeps barn looking much tidier.
     
    03-18-2011, 01:36 AM
  #7
Foal
Is this just your barn, or do you board? I think it makes a difference if the tack room is shared with other people. Or, if you like to keep each horses stuff separate. I know some people who have a full groom kit for each horse, and they nearly never share between their horses.

Where I used to board had shelves. I loved it. I will find the pic I took & post it. Only complaint was that the saddle racks should, in my opinion, be with the shelves, so there was like a complete station per boarder.
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    03-18-2011, 09:52 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by RitzieAnn    
Is this just your barn, or do you board? I think it makes a difference if the tack room is shared with other people. Or, if you like to keep each horses stuff separate. I know some people who have a full groom kit for each horse, and they nearly never share between their horses.

Where I used to board had shelves. I loved it. I will find the pic I took & post it. Only complaint was that the saddle racks should, in my opinion, be with the shelves, so there was like a complete station per boarder.
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This is just our barn, the only other person using it will be our barn manager with her horse. I never thought about having seperate grooming kits, I guess it makes sense. Yeah if you have an idea, please post pics(i'm a visual person).
     

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