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    10-06-2011, 08:34 PM
  #21
Weanling
Here are the best pics I have. I tried to take some close-ups of the floor today but they came out too dark. As you can see we're still building, and the board on the floor in front of the saw is not part of the floor- it's just lying there.
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    10-06-2011, 11:33 PM
  #22
Started
I am not a big fan on wood floors.. But I actually really like yours!! The ones I have experienced (not had, just seen) were older worn ones, and got really smelly... They kept there horse in there for about 30 minutes, and he went lame (no bedding, but keep in mind the horse was 25 years old) so use LOTS of bedding!!
     
    10-07-2011, 09:57 AM
  #23
Weanling
Thank you! I think the whole thing is turning out quite nicely considering what we had to start with (an old, rundown shed used to house a rotten old school bus!). I am going to post an album here somewhere with before and after pics, as it has been quite the project. And it was almost all done with recycled or free materials.
     
    10-07-2011, 10:46 AM
  #24
Weanling
QUOTE=KatieQ;1194003] And it was almost all done with recycled or free materials.[/QUOTE]

Good for you! That must be quite the undertaking. But will be very satisfying once its all built!

Our wood floors are like yours, run from front to back off stall, the only difference I can see from your pictures, is that ours are flush together (you seem to have a small gap between the boards?). We also did not biuld them directly on the ground or concrete.
Our main alleyway and barn area is cement, then we had the biulders leave an area where our stalls would go w out cement, we level ground put quatre down on ground to act as a drainage, and then attached our floor boards over top using planks running long ways underneath as brace to attach our floor boards to.

I don't use LOTS of shavings, I use what I would consider a normal amount as any barn. We scrape the wet spots and add lime and or stall dry to help draw out any moisture left behind, this helps perserve the wood, and ensures there is NO ammonia smell. This would go for any barn w any type of footing, if you're not removong urine soaked bedding on a daily basis, you're going to get ammonia smell. I have been to many barns tht use rubber matting, and they smell awful! Its generally the cleaning process that will cause stinky barns :)

We did coat our boards w a water seal prior to install, but we just used plain rough cut boards no pressure treated.

I have had no issues w the boards. They are not slippery, in fact find some rubber matting to be more slippery.

Good luck w your project! I'm excited to see pictures :)
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    10-07-2011, 11:29 AM
  #25
Trained
KatieQ, that is a really nice setup. It looks as if you have sand underneath and also leading up to your stalls/loafing shed. That WOULD give you good drainage, which is what I have read that you must have with a wooden floor. VERY nicely constructed! =D
     
    10-07-2011, 04:54 PM
  #26
Weanling
Yes it does have good drainage- the whole property is sand underneath the topsoil, which we have scraped away around the barn. There is also a drainage line around the entire pad with Big O about 8" deep, covered by drainrock. We filled in the excavated area with more sand, as there will be no chance of grass growing there anyway. But we do get a huge amount of rain here, and because the shelter doesn't cover the whole pad water sometimes pools on it. This way it can run off underneath the wood planks, as the pad is sloped slightly to the outside. Anyway, we are kind of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear!
     
    10-16-2011, 04:12 PM
  #27
Foal
Just my opinion but I hate wood floors in stalls...they get the slightest bit wet and they are very slippery. If you have wood floors put down rubber mats..I like rubber mats on dirt personally (works on cement too..less joint stress, less hick rubbing..less slippery..)..but like I said that just my opinion...
     
    10-17-2011, 09:48 AM
  #28
Weanling
Well its very close! The horses will probably be in their new stalls tonight or tomorrow night. The other side of he barn is not sided yet but the stalls are done, paddock is fenced and just a few last touch-ups to do. We'll see how they like the floors. I do actually plan to get mats very soon, but for now they can use them as is. They do not have doors yet, so it will just be a loafing shed/feeding station for now but I'm looking forward to the convenience of feeding them indoors and just tossing their hay over the wall rather than lugging it all the way across the yard. They even have automatic waterers- a convenience I have always longed for but never had. Woohoo!
     
    10-17-2011, 02:58 PM
  #29
Foal
Well it certainly does look nice. I am sure they will be happy in there.
I would LOVE water out to the stall...(electric wouldn't hurt either!)
     
    10-19-2011, 11:03 PM
  #30
Weanling
So the guys are finally in the new paddock and they LOVE the stalls- especially the automatic waterers which they keep drinking from again and again. They must have had them at the last place because they seemed to know what they were right away, and they love the fresh running water. None of that brackish, stale trough water for these princesses! They've apparently been trying to tell me that all along, because they both kept sticking their feet in the water trough and pawing madly- I had to change the water constantly because they made it so dirty! I am still waiting for them to choose a stall- they keep switching back and forth, and often hang out in the same stall together which can get quite silly at grain feeding time! But the convenience of feeding them indoors more than makes up for it- especially when the crappy weather starts.
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