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    10-27-2011, 09:20 PM
What do I need for my barn?

A little background info... If you're feeling lazy you can always skip the boring part and jump straight to the questions.

I just recently bought my first horse. I'm not new to horses and have been around them all my life and my family has had them. Now that I am out of highschool and working (getting a taste of the real world), I decided to buy a horse of my own. I bought him in April of this year and just sold him two weeks ago. I hated to sell him because he was such a great horse, but the cost and time was just too much for me! Don't get me wrong, he was being fed and taken care of, just not as much as I knew he needed to be. So now I have decided to take a step back and some time off to get everything in order before I buy another horse.

I want to finish building the barn my dad started years and years ago. The frame is up and the concrete aisle and tack/feed room is poured but some boards need to be replaced due to wethering and it needs a roof and walls! But I want the barn finished and some fencing repaired, water and electricity run to the barn, etc, etc...

I want everything to go right this time, so I am gradually fixing up the place and I plan to have everything finished (barn and all) and all the supplies I need and enough money for a year or two of upkeep and horse care.

I know it sounds like a lot, but hey, Rome wasn't built in a day.

So what I'm looking for is sugggestions, advice, tips, etc...

What are some things that you love about your barn? (old-school tricks and modern-day conveniences)

What are some things that you think every horse owner should know?

What should every good barn be stocked with?

Any advice, encouragment and answers will be noted and appreciated!
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    10-28-2011, 02:38 AM
Hot water and paper towels would be wonderful. Lmao! Two things my barn lacks ;)

Ohh and mats in the stalls helps oh so much!
    10-28-2011, 02:54 AM
A really good basic first aid kid- horse and human.
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    10-28-2011, 11:10 AM
@MoodIndigo, we are running water and electricity to the barn before we continue building. Hot water would be a plus. Thanks for the suggestion. As for paper towels.. I use them for everything already so they will for sure be a part of the set up!

@jumpingrules92, That is a wonderful idea. Anyone have any suggestions on things that every horse owner should have in their first aid kits, or something you wish you had in yours?
    10-28-2011, 11:12 AM
Also @MoodIndigo, do you have stall matts in your barn? The barn I work at has rubber matts and about an inch of shavings. It makes clean-up a breeze. I'm not sure what we are going to do with our stalls once the barn is built. Maybe stall matts would be a good idea. But I've heard they can be so expensive! What is everyones opinions on stall matts?
    10-28-2011, 11:22 AM
My barn didn't have hot water for years. It was impractical for me to put in a water heater and pay to have it all the time. We installed a wall mount hot water on demand system, it only heats when we are using it and saves a bit on the utility costs.

One of my favorite things about my barn is having electrical outlets on each stall front a few feet from the tie rings. No extension cords needed when clipping :)

My stalls are matted as well. We dug holes in 5 spots in each stall, dropped in 50 gallon drums with the ends open and filled them with limestone. On top a good amt of sand and then the mats. We use shavings and they drain very well. The only concrete in my barn is the wash rack and tack room.
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    10-28-2011, 11:45 AM
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My true luxury is one water hydrant between every 2 stalls. No more dealing with dirty or frozen hoses. The other is the barn is fairly well insulated, only on 0 degree days does the water freeze slightly.
I have a water heater but the down side is it either has to be drained in the winter or an oil filled radiator heater needs to be in the area with it so it will not freeze. I also have mats, love them, but I ued to have the 4 x 6 mats and they would move all over the place and about once a year we would get them out clean underneath and replace them, a major pain. When we redid the barn 6 years ago we got mats that were 3/4" thick but were custom cut to the stalls. I have never touched them in 6 years.

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