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!