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    10-31-2012, 07:55 PM
Question Tips, Tricks and Hints: Building our First!

We are building our first barn next week, well the Amish are doing the framing and roofing and we are doing the siding and stalls. It's a very small barn for my pony and mini for the winter, 12x16, just enough room for two 8x8 stalls. I don't plan on putting tack in there because of the size being so small, also we thought putting an 8ft sliding door on the 16ft side of the barn because it would allow more room for when we let the horses out so that we don't walk them down a 4ft aisle as I worry they will spook. The floor is going right on the dirt and we are using wood shavings for bedding, is that okay? What is all of your opinions? Should I use something else for bedding being that its on dirt? Also, I'm wondering how to make the stalls, at first I was thinking of using just a corral panel in the middle with two 8ft corral gates for the fronts, but I'm wondering if using wood would be cheaper and easier but then the corral panels are simple and easy to do on our own and less work and maintenance. Pros and Cons? Any other ideas? My main objectives are keeping costs way down, maintenance down, and saving space being the barn is so small.

My pony is 13.2hands and the Mini is a 23yr old 34'' tall, both get along great so I even thought of one stall of 8x12 or 8x16, or leaving it one large stall of 12x16 and not have a sliding door but two 4ft dutch doors. Also know they are not going to be stabled on a regular basis, winter is coming and I have blankets for them so the main point of the barn is for bad weather like freezing rain or blizzards or extreme temperatures, I'd say maybe once a week or less so if they are a little cramped for one-two nights at a time I think it'd be okay, right? Or is that not fair to them?
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    10-31-2012, 08:09 PM
Sounds good. I like the idea of panels. You can either make one stall or 2.
I would consider getting rubber mats for the floor and use shavings on top, other wise you may have to be replacing the dirt, cause pee soaks through the shavings.
panels are overall handy to have :)
    10-31-2012, 08:31 PM
Green Broke
8x8 stalls are very small. I'd just do a single 12x16 stall as long as the two get along well.
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    11-01-2012, 10:44 PM
I agree with Delfina.. I have a 13.2 pony and have an 8x12 tractor storage area off of our barn and I have brought her in there and there is no way I would lock her in there regularly.. She fits ok, but the 8 foot wide part is way to narrow, she would get cast when she rolls. The very smallest I would go for the pony is 10x10 but 8x8 would be fine for the miny, but with the size of your barn that wouldn't be possible, so I would go for a big 12x16 stall. Dirt floor is fine but be prepared to be filling in lots of holes from horses pawing, rolling, and just walking around.
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    11-01-2012, 11:19 PM
Make it bigger than you think you will ever need it...............shortly it will still be too small

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