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post #1 of 5 Old 12-31-2012, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Suggestions on barn / shop

We are planning to build a barn/ shop this spring and are just now getting quotes on the building, but are still deciding on some of the specifications. We have 4 horses who are pastured with run in shelters. I don't intend on stabling my horses, but wanted a space where I can bring them in during bad weather, for illness or injury, for vetting or farrier services and to tack up. I have other hay storage, but would like to store 20 or so bales in this building for convenience plus tack and possibly a few pieces of yard equipment (skidoo, garden tractor). Since we are building from scratch, we want the building to look good and add as much to our property value as possible. Below are some of the specs I was thinking of. If you have any additional suggestions, please post them!

Concrete foundation with full concrete slab and rubber stall mats or 24 x 36 concrete and 12x36 dirt floor for stalls.

36x36 or 30x40 insulated metal walled with metal roof 10' side walls

Front and rear 10x10 doors, plus one 36" man door on the front

Two or three 12x12 or 10x10 box stalls (thinking of using puck board portable stalls)

6x12 or 8x10 tack room

Power, lights, no water, no heat (the water line is a very long ways away and has to be trenches down at least 8 feet so we will continue accessing water from the house)

I don't know if it is worth having stalls that open both to the centre aisle and to the outside. I like this look, but don't know how functional it is.

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-01-2013, 01:55 AM
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I would have stall doors opening into the aisle and outside. In the case of an emergency, it is always a good idea to have two escape routes in case one gets blocked. If a barn fire blocked the aisle entrance, having the outside door is much quicker than cutting through the side of the barn to get the horse out. Also, I would recommend having bars or mesh between the horses' stalls. If your horses aren't the best of best buddies, you don't have to open up the whole upper wall. In my barn I have the hog-wire mesh on the upper 4 feet of the walls between my horses and there is 4 feet of solid wood for eating privacy. My horses would rather stand out in whatever weather in their runs and see each rather than be in their solid walled stalls.

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-01-2013, 09:58 AM
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I only have two stalls, but I love having them open into the aisle. I let the horses hang out in the aisle, and in bad weather I can access everything without traipsing through the snow or rain. I also like 12x12 stalls, even for smaller horses, as they are easier to clean, and i feel like I go through less shavings.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 09:14 PM
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Your plan sounds like my plan for a 36'x48' barn/storage building, we have decided to do a 12'x12' tack room (not water either) 3 10'x12' stalls with wood flooring and matts, brick alleyway and the rest is gravel for the lawn tractors, trucks or equipment. We have windows up high at 8' height for extra light - an they do open to allow airflow, but have florescent lights, no heat, two 36" man doors and two 10'x12' rollup manual doors on either end with a few windows in them for light too. We will have a tie rail outside to tack up at, plus we can use the alleyway or stalls to tack up in. Our horses will be outside most of the time too, expect for the situations like you've stated. Add a few horses to the building and it will be nice and warm on a chilly night in no time. It's been great fun to build and we are looking forward to using it for all it's use's - I'm sure you will too, happy buidling!
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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GoingGirl - do you have pictures? I'd love to see some!
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