I'm loving this thread. We have started our barn (for personal use only). We currently do not live on our land where the horses are.. we are about 6 miles away. We hope to begin building our home later this year.
Barn will open on far end to small pasture, and close to round pen.
I also have a small dry lot for my (laminitic mare) next to it.
(right now barn is only the large posts up for the main part/we will add the side extensions to each side later. Want to finish the main part first and husband is not ready to spend too much on the barn. (He keeps saying "Honey, the barn is going to be bigger than the house. we can just live in it!) :)
three 12X12 stalls down one side,
10 or 12 ft aisle (I can't remember)
then 1-12X12 stall, tack room, concrete wash area on the other.
We plan to add a 14ft wide section on the tack room side, storing/driving thru w/horse trailer. (trailer's have to be out of sight in our neighborhood when not in use) Plus, I wanted to be able to take a horse thru the wash area (door on the back side) straight to load in the trailer in poor weather.
We will have a 24 X36 ft. space above for extra storage/hay/whatever.
There will be a small shower stall and toilet in tack room.
Sliding doors on each end, and my husband wants the main aisle to remain dirt.
*in our area, in the last couple years, there have been several break-ins. I lost a good saddle last January to a thief. I want my husband to build me a "hydraulic lift/locked cage-saddle rack" (I know it sounds nuts, but I refuse to lose another good saddle) I want it to lift into the upstairs storage section of the barn. : ) It would probably cost most people lots of money but not my husband... he has so much 'stuff' he said he probably has just about everything to make it now. He needs some good caging material to make it. It would have to be in the tack room he says, to allow it to come down enough to get the saddles off of it. Basicly, saddles would store in the space above the tack room, in a locked cage. out of sight and not accessible.
1. If we aren't foaling and I have no plans to do so- is there any other reason we would need a sliding door between two of the stalls?
2. I could use a small storage closet for tools. Our biggest horse is 16h/1200 lb QH, can I utilize any 10X10 stalls. (lots of people in our area use them)
3. How to best store feed and supplements. tack room will have a locked door, is there a better/more convenient way to store feed? I have a friend that uses an old freezer, it sits in the corner of the barn. Has gaskets that keep
out and is large enough to store all the bags of feed.
Is there anything I haven't considered or should do. This is our first barn, I want it to be right.