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        10-07-2010, 09:26 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    We have cross ties in the aisle with each cross tie on the post to the corner of the stall. If we want to get by the horse in front or behind, we just ask the person to move their horse over.

    Wash stall should be cement or have rubber matting. The cement should have a drain or have a slight slant to it so that it runs off and doesnt pool on top....preferably to the back so that you arent having to walk through the puddle when you are done. Whether or not you have heated water is up to you. How cold does it get there anyways? Hot water is nice, but some people use more then they need too.....

    I like a barn that has a lot of natural light if possible. My favourite barn ever was my grandparents 20-24 stall barn, two rows of stalls. They had stall partitions that they could roll into the aisle so that they could just drive a tractor right into the barn the whole length for a once/twice a year cleanout...two large doors at the each end of the row of stalls. The only downfall to those stalls was that they were solid partitions so the horses didnt have neighbourly interactions and less air flow.

    I also like barns that have two large doors at either end of the aisles. It lets light and air in, and then you have two entrances into the barn.

    The barn I ride at just uses those rubbermaid standup storage things....2 doors...5+ feet tall. If you have the ability to put in wood ones, they look way nicer then a clutter of mismatching ones. Lockers should be tall/deep enough to store one saddle, a bridle/halter, grooming brushes and maybe a shelf for rider stuff like their helmet/crop/gloves. The door should have a small mesh opening though so that nothing gets stinky! Lol. For a the school horse tack room, make sure that all the saddles are within reach of the shortest kid, or have a step ladder around. Extra girths are always a plus. We have a laundry basket for saddle pads and towels that need washed in the school tack room, as well as a small pail for water to wash bits when we are done.
         
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        10-07-2010, 10:18 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Maybe I had misunderstood. When I thought of cross-ties in the aisle I thought of it going across the WHOLE aisle. Like one cross tie per side. Velvet yours makes sense. Doing it in a stall doorway. I still prefer just tieing the horse to the stall bars.
         
        10-08-2010, 03:54 PM
      #13
    Trained
    If you can, go see "The Acres". It's Jan Ebeling's facility and it is just beautiully laid out for SoCal.
         
        10-09-2010, 11:28 AM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by countmystrides    
    automatic waterers are also a hassle because you never know how much water your horse is drinking. It's always good to keep a watch that your horse is drinking a regular amount and remaining hydrated.
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    Are you referring to outside or in stalls w automatic waterers?

    As if for outside...not sure how moniter a horses water intake unless they are housed alone. As when you have a group of 3 or more horses together, its almost impossible to know who is drinking what. So auto wateres outside is a good investment IMO, saves time, you know the horses will never run out ( as some staff can be a little slow at checking and filling them as required. Not too mention some horses wont drink stagnant water)

    I live in Canada and temps in winter can get as low as -40c, I've only had a line freeze on me once, and that was because it wasn't installed properly to begin with.
    If you have the line insulated, and have a heat trace tape on your lines, and your lines are below the frost line (at least 3feet down)...they wont freeze.

    As for in the barn....yes I do not like auto waters in the barn, as a barn I once worked at had them. They were a PITA. As often the horses would just play with them, and the stalls were always a mess. Also the area we live in has hard water, so they always looked so messy, as they turned a nasty brown colour both on the outside and in the bowl. Plus if you did get a pipe leaking etc.....then you had a nasty mess to clean up.

    So I do buckets in my barn, but have auto waterers in the paddocks.
         
        10-09-2010, 11:54 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Beau--we do have a cross tie on each side. We use quick release snaps just in case a horse gets in trouble, but we have never had a problem. We have a narrow cement aisle for the boarders, and a wide aisle for the lesson horses. Both sides have cross ties. People just have to figure out that when someone needs past with a horse that they unclip the one tie and move their horse over.
         
        10-09-2010, 02:42 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Hmm yea velvet I just find its easier to not have them in the aisle like that. My barn is always busy so you'd be forever unclipping and reclipping. You'd never get your horse done and ready to ride.
         
        10-09-2010, 03:25 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    My old barn was just perfect
    Ok long gravel drive ways well maintained then have a safety rail at the top of the drive to ensure horses can't get out.
    All up the drive we had paddocks(no gates near the drive) and theses posts were painted white.
    Also the stables were all in a kind of opens quare so each horse could see what was going on and didnt get bored there was a large rain block kind of thing going around the whole yard.
    Each stable was large with bucket feeders that could be removed for cleaning auto waterers a ring tie with string attached.
    On the door was a plaque stating horses name owners name feed requirements and extras such as boots,rugs,breastplates and the grooms name.
    Then the tack room is in the middle of the row so its easy to get to for liveriess. There is a saddle rack for each horse with there bridle beside it there is also a shelf below each saddel which holds boots and a grooming box.
    There is also lockers that hold all riders equitment etc and a lockon the door,

    For the yard tack room there is each ponies saddle and bridle nummnahg and extras all positioned together. There is also boxes filled with extra equitmet a wall of headcollars and leadropes.
    Beside the stables is the arenas one outdoor arena and one indoor both with an area just outside the arena for jump stands and a bucket of cups.

    There is then a large paddock for stabled horses to get a bit outdoor time there is also one at the other end of the yard then there are 5large outdoor fields with a cross country course going through,

    Around the side of the the yard is a muck heap and hay storage parking for trucks and boxes.

    #the office has a noticeboard outide it which has a list stating whne the arenas are in use who has vet etc just so you can see where is availabl to ride etc
         

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