My family is thinking about building a barn at our RV park. It is located across from one of the biggest horse show facilities in Georgia and we have a lot of overnight traffic go through with horses.
What I wanted to know from y'all is what is your favorite thing about your barn and what is your least favorite?! Favorite/least favorite stall front? Steel, aluminum, etc. What floors you like/dislike? I don't want concrete. I was thinking gravel then sand/dirt then matts. Favorite/least favorite stall waterer? Whether it be automatic or just a bucket, Easiest to clean, etc. Favorite/least favorite hay rack? Is it just a hay net (they would bring their own that way) or should we put racks in? How your barn is built with the air exchange, the way it is facing (North, South, etc), the height of your barn, how your wash rack is built, the list goes on....
Anything else you can think of!
I want to make all the people that come through GA with their horses that stop at our barn facilities happy and we want them to come back! Your input would be great seeing that you may have a barn of your own or may be boarding somewhere!
The people we are targeting are those traveling with their horses or those that are going to the show grounds and are early arrivals, etc.
There is a barn down the road from us that does nightly boarding and from what we have heard they have anywhere from 12-24 horses a night... and that place is a DUMP. I have been there before when I worked for a vet. We use to float teeth out there and I would nevvveerr let my horses step foot on that place. So we are hoping to get a little business of our own and possible do short term boarding.
We are looking at building a 12 stall horse barn with tack room, tool room, feed room, wash rack, and a round pen. There will be trailer parking and riding trails! We are excited about it. I think that it will be a lot of work, but will be fun in the long run. The only downside is there will be no 'pasture' so this is an extreme short term boarding place, unless the horse doesn't know what a pasture is like many of the high dollar horses that come through here.
Thanks for your input!!!