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    12-17-2011, 12:57 AM
My barn is realitivly new so there hasn't been any need for improvements. But having been to other barns I LOVE our big, open crossties and the paddocks are the same part in side and partly outside (with the option of closing the door) there are bars far enough apart the horses can easily stick their head through to say hi to their neighbour or to greet a passing human
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    12-17-2011, 10:41 AM
My barn owner right now is working on fixing up the stalls. He added lights to each stall (not just the aisle-way), which has helped with mucking at night!

I also LOVE what he's doing with the stalls. The bottom is dirt, and then he puts a layer of... lime? I think down on the bottom, and crushes it up. Then he puts ONE large layer of matting cut to fit the stall perfectly, and seals the sides. This way there's no worry of stall mats curling, or when all the shavings go underneath. He's done it to a couple stalls, and I love the way it looks! I can't wait for mine to be done!
    12-17-2011, 10:50 AM
Lots of good info, I don't have boarders, just my own and a handful of training horses so no advice on the 'hotel' side of it.

A few things I couldn't live without:
-Hot water in the wash rack, we didn't want to spend a fortune with a hot water heater running so we installed an on demand system, all said it ran about $250 for the system. It's great because it doesn't add too much to the utility bill, kick it on 15 minutes before bathing and it's good to go.

-Lights in each stall as well as one on the outside of each stall. Each one has a tie ring and electrical outlet on the front as well. No need for extension cords to clip :)

-I just got an early Christmas from my hubby and it's something I wish I'd have had for years! A heated hose reel - keeps me from draining & walking out hose or carrying buckets, fantastic!

-Good sized stalls, with full walls. We have stallions & I get colts in for training, it's nice that they can't reach one another. Fronts are wood with wire panels so they can all see what's going on though.

Sounds like a great place to set up what you are planning. Good luck and be sure to share pics of the process when you get going!
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    12-17-2011, 11:43 AM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
-I just got an early Christmas from my hubby and it's something I wish I'd have had for years! A heated hose reel - keeps me from draining & walking out hose or carrying buckets, fantastic!

I would kill to have a heated hose reel! Where did he get it? All I can find are the heated hoses, which is fine for a 50 ft hose but I have some areas where I need to stretch out a 100 or more ft of hose to reach some remote stock tanks.
    12-17-2011, 11:47 AM
Here ya go Dreamcatcher. It holds a 100 feet. I'm super excited about it, now to see how durable it is ;)

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    12-17-2011, 12:25 PM
Thank you! I'll be ordering that here in about 1 minute. WOOO HOOO!
    12-21-2011, 01:29 AM
I would just do gravel under mats, not gravel then dirt. Also, a must for me is to have stalls that the horses can look out of, and if there is going to be no run for the horse to be able to go out, the stalls should be extra big, rather than 12x12, 14x14.
    12-21-2011, 11:08 AM
Green Broke
These are all great ideas. Metal mesh stalls seem like the best for ease of cleaning & maintenance. Well fitted mats over any level surface would be good. The stalls don't have to be super huge as most of the visiting horses are worked & only need the stalls during down time.
Most people traveling & staying overnight bring their own supplies so all you would need is a water supply & hose, at least to start. Maybe a small supply of for sale shavings would come in handy.
A wheel barrow & stall cleaning tools are a nice touch & encourages people to use them if readily available.
    12-21-2011, 11:21 AM
Originally Posted by Samstead    
there are bars far enough apart the horses can easily stick their head through to say hi to their neighbour or to greet a passing human
Actually these are NOT a good idea. Horses can end up biting or getting kicked for trying to bite a horse walking by.
    12-21-2011, 12:20 PM
Green Broke
We overnighted at a barn in Humble, Texas that we really liked. Huge indoor arena and covered pens. Stalls were in two rows, two of them were back to back and another was across from one side but a single row. Bricked pavers made up the wide walk ways. Bathrooms and tack rooms. The stalls were metal with bars on the top so the horses could sniff each other but that was it. The feed buckets rotated out into the aisle for easy feed delivery and a hay rack was above the feed bucket. I can't remember the water situation at this moment! It was all very clean and it was enjoyable to stay there.

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