Originally Posted by iamanequestrian
If you would like to add on to your barn or stables then just think about what you would expect at a stable you would choose to board at.
I would like an indoor ring and an outdoor ring. Several extra stalls. Easy access to shavings, hay, grain, water. Obstacles availible for boarders like barrels and jumps. Having a batheroom and lounge is very nice. I like a big and non-scary parking area trailer parking/storage away from the main buildings. Plenty of pasture room individual 24/7 turnout or runs connected to stalls and several small round pens. Hot walkers are just a plus Not unless supervised. Wash stalls are a must hot water. A building or two is a good thing for obstacles. You are going to want a spacious and organized tack room with name tags lockers you can lock. Cleanly painted. Extra helmets. Etc.
That's what I would like to see in a barn if I were to board. What would you like to see/have?
Prominent Fire Extinguishers and sprinkler system
Emergency contact numbers posted at every exit and on the tack room door
Appropriate and VERY well maintained fencing
Clean feed and water sources
Free choice hay 24/7 if stalled and when needed if not stalled
Well ventilated barns
Irradiate heaters for those 0 temp nights
Blanket hangers at each stall
Lighted arenas including the outdoor
SUPER clear and concise:
Turn out schedule posted clearly so I know what pasture my horse is located in at any given time.
Pasture rotation (so my horse is familiar with all the fencing boundaries)
Trainers/Instructor of my own choosing
Geeze I am picky!