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post #11 of 22 Old 09-17-2012, 05:33 PM
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Like the early igloos that allowed the winds to blow around rather than exert forces against a flat wall, the round barns are ideal in windy areas for the same reasons, out on the prairies. I've seen many an older flat sided barn leaning down wind.
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Like the early igloos that allowed the winds to blow around rather than exert forces against a flat wall, the round barns are ideal in windy areas for the same reasons, out on the prairies. I've seen many an older flat sided barn leaning down wind.
I can understand that for a windy area. What about the pros and cons of bank barns, aisle barns, separate barns (having only a few stalls in each), etc?

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My preferred set up is hard to do in a cold climate and with a large number of horses unfortunately. Individual 10'x30' pens with the first 12' under cover. Pipe rail fencing and pea gravel footing of course. I think this is the best compromise between stall and pasture board: The horses have room to exercise and socialize, but individual feeding is easy and you only need to worry about how well each horse gets along with their two next door neighbors. (Although they would also get turnout of course). Plus, no stall mucking!

But if you really want a stall barn, I would do a central square with wings radiating out from it. Two wings for stalls, one for the arena and one for the entrance, tack room etc. Then you could put your muck pile between the arena and one of the wings and maybe the hay barn at the edge of two others.
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My preferred set up is hard to do in a cold climate and with a large number of horses unfortunately. Individual 10'x30' pens with the first 12' under cover. Pipe rail fencing and pea gravel footing of course. I think this is the best compromise between stall and pasture board: The horses have room to exercise and socialize, but individual feeding is easy and you only need to worry about how well each horse gets along with their two next door neighbors. (Although they would also get turnout of course). Plus, no stall mucking!

But if you really want a stall barn, I would do a central square with wings radiating out from it. Two wings for stalls, one for the arena and one for the entrance, tack room etc. Then you could put your muck pile between the arena and one of the wings and maybe the hay barn at the edge of two others.
I would love to do something like your idea with the individual pens for each horse. Sadly, that's not something reasonable for a larger barn.

I am thinking about two shapes: A round one (as mentioned previously) and a "U" shaped one. Does anybody have experience with either shapes?

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It's amazing how different peoples' ideas and reasonings can be just based on their needs/desires. My main schooling area is right along the fence to my big pasture which currently houses 6 horses and a mini burro and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I agree. However, I would want either an area where I could put the pasture horses in away from the arena, or, even better, another isolated arena. Then, if you had a horse who got distracted easily and didnt have much (if any) training under saddle (or on the ground) you could work with it and teach it basic controls and then introduce other distractions.

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no stall mucking!
Do you not muck your stalls?

OP: I like the sound of a U shaped barn, or, like what ponyboy said with the little aisles going off. One of my dream barns is a u/horseshoe shape with a fountain or miny garden in the middle. Another cool idea is stalls with rounded off courners, like hexagonal stalls. A lot of space in stalls gets wasted in the typical 90% angles.
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Should toss this in, open to air stalls. What my parents did was put solid walls between stalls but used tube gaits front and back. Their horses really appear to be much more comfortable then they were with enclosed stalls. If weather gets really nasty they drop a tarp down on the back side. This also has the advantage of allowing him to open both ends and drive the tractor through to scrape/relevel stalls. Also has a 16 foot wide aisle to make it easier to maneuver the tractor and can easily drive his pickup and trailer right through it.
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I am thinking about two shapes: A round one (as mentioned previously) and a "U" shaped one. Does anybody have experience with either shapes?
Well, a round barn will save you time and labor but it will cost more money to build. Circles are always more expensive to build.
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Well, a round barn will save you time and labor but it will cost more money to build. Circles are always more expensive to build.
That's what I was thinking... I guess that's why there are so many square/rectangle barns.
I wonder if it's just the initial cost of U or round shapes that make the idea so unappealing. Would they be better off in the long run? I could see wind being less trouble for a U barn. The rounded and U shape barns also seem like they would be better for ventilation and for the horses' social nature to be able to see each other.

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I'm not a big fan of round barns, I like the U shaped ones better. I don't like arenas with a arena directly attached because of the dust, so an arena with a roundpen attached does not sound the most appealing. If you took out the roundpen in the middle and made the barn smaller (bringing the stalls in), there would just be a circle in the middle. I guess you could put in tie rails or a tack room in the middle, but I feel like round barns are more expensive and not as space efficient.

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My barn consists of two stalls with a gate inbetween. Aisles are expensive so I don't have one. Each stall has it's own opening into the pasture. When the middle gate is left open the two horses can share either stall. I usually find them in the larger stall, where the fan is, during bug season.
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