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post #1 of 7 Old 01-25-2014, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Putting stalls on the outside of a pole barn

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We have a 30x30 metal pole barn that we want to put 3 stalls on the outside of, coming off a side. It would also have a metal roof coming off of the existing roof line.
We also wanted to put a reinforced ceiling/floor above the stalls to use as a loft storage space.
Has anyone ever done this before? If so, any unexpected problems that you ran into? We know the logistics of 4 ft kick wall heights and such, as we have made a stall within a small pole building before.
The stalls are not going to be for long term living, as our horses are pasture kept. They would be for those days where someone has a bum leg or the pastures ice up so making it unsafe for them.
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Probably goes without saying but plan a gutter and drainage, and definitely good footing and drainage with the footing right around there. You also want to plan how/if they are connected to the pasture. We have our stalls as run ins in what sounds like a similar situation. I would also suggest doing dutch doors.

Our stalls are cement (don't know the distance, but far underground) then different stuff (maybe gravel? Don't remember I was little when we put the barn up) then lots of heavy sand. Mats over the sand. This works well, there's a little movement with the sand, and you need to have a good boundary at the opening of the stall door so the sand doesn't go outside The only big problem is RATS!!! They tunnel everywhere! This is an issue at a lot of places with any sort of tunnel-able floor, so I wouldn't say don't do sand, just something to be aware of. I would suggest putting in windows too depending on the building, and make sure you have a storage area for feed and anything else (tack, grooming supplies)
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Probably goes without saying but plan a gutter and drainage, and definitely good footing and drainage with the footing right around there. You also want to plan how/if they are connected to the pasture. We have our stalls as run ins in what sounds like a similar situation. I would also suggest doing dutch doors.

Our stalls are cement (don't know the distance, but far underground) then different stuff (maybe gravel? Don't remember I was little when we put the barn up) then lots of heavy sand. Mats over the sand. This works well, there's a little movement with the sand, and you need to have a good boundary at the opening of the stall door so the sand doesn't go outside The only big problem is RATS!!! They tunnel everywhere! This is an issue at a lot of places with any sort of tunnel-able floor, so I wouldn't say don't do sand, just something to be aware of. I would suggest putting in windows too depending on the building, and make sure you have a storage area for feed and anything else (tack, grooming supplies)
Thanks for the reply.
Yep, we have plans for gutters and drainage to go with it.
We checked the height and decided not to do the loft storage area, as it would be wasted wood.
We have hay storage on the other side, 30 ft away, so that is good, grain is in the actual barn, even close, so check there, also. :)
Footing, we were going to to it like our current stall (which would turn into storage)... it has heavily packed dirt and then conveyor mats over top of that, and we use straw as the bedding. My horse was stalled for a month 24/7 with only small hand walking after surgery in that stall and she did great. It had only the bottom door.
As for rodents... we have 4 very efficient barn cats for that- they have even
Taken care of much of our burrowing animals, which is great for the horses in the pastures- not nearly as many deadly soft spots or holes.
It won't be a run in, as it actually isn't within the boundaries of any pasture. The horses have trees in all of their pastures which they use for cover. The stalls would be true stalls and only used infrequently. We recently had a big warm up and all the snow melted down our back hill and then refroze, causing everything to become unsafe for the horses. They were living in our front yard, which while they loved, wasn't ideal. :) It would have been nice to be able to have 2 stalls for them to go to (we have 2 horses, 1 stall currently).

Thank you very much for your reply, Yogiwick!
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You're welcome, sounds like you have a good plan. Hopefully something I said helped. Good luck!
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You're welcome, sounds like you have a good plan. Hopefully something I said helped. Good luck!
:) It was a lot of good reminders. :)
I have a tendency to overthink things frequently, and often it is better to work it out 'on paper' and have someone see it and say it sounds good. :) So it helped. :) And it is always good to hear someone else say it sounds like a good plan. :)
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Yeah don't look to me for carpentry advice or anything LOL! But we built our own barn (with the stalls on the outside) so I know exactly what I like and don't like about it haha
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Okay, 3rd try! I forgot to reload the page properly and lost my reply!
We bought our property with everything on it about 1.5 years ago, so not much choosing on where things went. :) I do love all we have though, but would have done a few things differently... Like the fact that our entire property is on a mild hillside, and the house and barn and buildings are at the base of it... so drainage can be an issue right near the buildings. The back of the barn has almost a foot difference of ground behind it compared to where the footing of the barn was put in, if that makes sense... it seems to cause some issues with the concrete in the barn getting damp, and makes me wonder what that does to the footing and wood of the barn. Something we plan to remedy when we build the stall extension.
I think the digging, leveling and drainage are going to be our big things...

Anyhoo.. thanks again for your input! :)
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