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    08-30-2010, 04:36 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your barn! I know that a loss of any kind warrants thre grief process.... let me know if I can help.
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    08-30-2010, 08:06 PM
Thanks you guys. Now that the initial shock has kinda worn off, I am starting to get a bit excited about the new barn. Turns out that the tack room got it a little worse than I thought and some of the older saddles that weren't really being used but were stored against the wall are likely beyond what a little wash and oil can fix :(. 3 of them are for sure okay and 2 are for sure goners. The others, I will wait for dad to determine what he wants to do with them since those are his. I hate feeling selfish like this but my 2 saddles were the ones that seem to have suffered the least amount of damage, just some discoloration from the soot and nothing else. I don't know if it was because of their location in the tack room or the fact that the leather is newer and better cared for. I spent all day washing and oiling the saddles that I think might be salvageable and washing out some of the saddle pads so we can at least get back to riding. Hopefully the green horses won't be freaked out too bad by the lingering smoke smell on everything LOL.

Some of those saddles that are ruined were custom made for Dad when he was still big into showing and roping. I might hang onto the trees out of them and when I have enough cash to swing it, have a new saddle or 2 made on the old trees. He sure could use it, even his good saddle is so beat up and worn from so many years on horses every day and breaking colts that it needs replaced anyway.
    08-30-2010, 11:17 PM
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I'm glad everything is ok smrobs. You are one of my favorite people on this forum, I love reading your posts. And drooling over your horses. Lol. I think the idea about your dad's saddles is wonderful. I'm sure he'd really appreciate it. Our barn is kind of like what yall are planning on building. Our actual barn area is used for storage and tack and tractors. There's a lean-to attached across the long side of the barn where we have 2 stalls for when a horse or cow needs to be stalled. The stalls attach to a turn out as well.
    08-31-2010, 01:58 AM
OMG!! I just saw this thread! I am so sorry for the loss of your barn. What a scary event. I am glad no one was in the barn at the time and I can imagine how scary it was for the client horses because they were right next to it...closer than any of the others. Wow I am in shock...I guess because I have been that sucks. Well I will be thinking about you guys and let me know if there is anything I can do!
    08-31-2010, 02:09 AM
Thanks, Stacie. Yeah, it was pretty scary for the poor guys. Dad tried to catch the big sorrel gelding and got run over by him . Thankfully, it was really simple to take the panels apart.

At this point, there isn't much that anybody can do. I am working on getting the tack cleaned up as best I can while we wait for the rubble to stop smoldering. I got back into town about 10 tonight and just because, I swung by. There were still some flames down at the far end of it so I got to play fireman again with the water hose LOL. I guess that's just what happens when fire gets down in those 8x8 posts that were all over the place in there.

Maybe next time you come up, we'll have a new and improved barn that will be much better.
    08-31-2010, 02:18 AM
Oh wow he is a big gelding too! I would love to come and see the new digs when yall are done :) I am just glad yall are safe and of course all of the horses. Were any of the dogs hurt?? Do they know how it started yet?
    08-31-2010, 02:26 AM
We have no idea how it started. We can speculate but that would be all it was because it is so demolished, even a fire marshal wouldn't be able to pinpoint a starting point. All it would take was one little spark to send the whole thing up as dry as it was inside there, especially all the wood there was inside. For now, we are just accepting it as a "Well, shoot. Sometimes things just happen" type deal. Fortunately, we had taken all the dogs out and had them either in the big stock trailer or chained around it. It gets so hot in the barn in the summer, we often take all the dogs out so that they can get some air flow that just isn't there inside.
    08-31-2010, 02:38 AM
I figured they weren't around because when I picked up Lucy they were more interested in laying around in the dirt around the house ;) Can't say I blame them. That is so true about how quick they start. We have had a lot of grass fires lately and the VFDs around here have been working so hard. I am glad things are looking up with the new plans and insurance.
    08-31-2010, 08:23 AM
Sorry, missed this thread until today.

I am so sorry about your barn. What a blessing that there was no loss of life.

Glad to hear that the insurance company is cooperating too.

Do you have before barn photos? It is hard to imagine what the barn was like before when all you see is a pile of burnt wood and metal.
    08-31-2010, 10:28 AM
I'm so sorry this happened but I'm glad everyone is ok. I've had 2 friends lose barns & animals to fire and it is so horrible. This is absolutely my worst fear.

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