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    01-10-2014, 03:05 PM
  #1
Yearling
Questions about a boarding stable

Okay someone was asking my opinion on a small barn they are setting up for a boarding stable, its only 6 stalls, two for her horses, four for boarders.

The questions, the stalls are 10 by 12, because we live in a area that is a swamp 80% of the year it's difficult to have good grass turn out, no stable does, only a few private places do. She wants to put runs on the stalls instead of square paddocks for easy and better use of space (runs means she can make the arena bigger). The 10 foot size is the width of the stall, can runs be 10 foot or should she put the posts at 12'?

Also because hay is kind of difficult or varies so much around here, she wanted to offer "rough" board, she does all the work, but boarder supplies hay and feed. She was thinking of making hay cubbies? That can fit 15 or so bales for each person. Would that be okay, is it heard of? I know as long as my hay was going to my own horse that I would be okay with that.

She already has the stalls in place, a 10 by 12 tack room with five tack cubbies and new stairs to the loft in place. So just trying to decide about the door placement for the runs off the stalls. And putting the fencing up.

Let me know what you think? It will be interesting to see what she does either way, the outside is nice for a 90 year old barn.

Any other suggestions or tips I can pass along is fine too.
     
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    01-10-2014, 03:13 PM
  #2
Weanling
Is it a shedrow style with all 6 stalls in one row? Or 3 stalls on either side of an aisle?
     
    01-10-2014, 03:18 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I can comment on the hay thing. I board with six or so other people. We have one "hay room." Basically just one big room with pallets alongside the walls. Each boarder is supposed to get two pallets to put their hay on. I was lucky and got a corner next to a little shed and I can fit four pallets back there. I can fit at most 50 bales there, and that's pushing it. Fifty bales will only last me not even three months. I would go through 15 bales in less than a month in the winter(mild Texas winter, but still) so it would be a HUGE pain in the butt having to bring hay in every single month. That would be a big con for me. Could she just make one big hay room, buy the hay herself, and just charge each boarder their share? She'd be the one feeding it anyways, so won't have to worry about one boarder using more than another. That'd probably be the easiest way to save space too.
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    01-10-2014, 04:29 PM
  #4
Yearling
The barn is a old 40 by 35 two story barn, the end is lower in the ground with two large stalls with runs already that her two use. She put in four stalls along the long side opposite of the door, and the tack on the left of a large sliding door, to the right is her two stalls. She had the wood floor replaced with hemlock? A few years ago, and the loft reinforced for hay. The problem is, she uses 500 bales a year (buys all at once with me in the summer) and the loft only holds 700 max not the (1200-1500 for a year). So she figure she doesn't want to use the wrapped rounds? I would have to ask, about how much hay a person could bring/size, that was just my guess really.

The barn is hard to explain because it's had two additions in its long life time and those do not have a loft over them. One is to the right where her stalls are (10 by 25), and one to the back where the four new ones are (12 by 40).

I'll admit I am just curious if anyone else thought this is a okay set up, it doesn't seem horrible, diffidently no worst than what's around here.
     
    01-10-2014, 04:48 PM
  #5
Weanling
The reason I asked about the configuration of the stalls was to see if it would be possible to stagger the runs so they could be a little wider. With four, it could be done to some extent at least. If the space allowed, you could have the two runs on the ends extend past the barn and then have the two in the middle go a little wider then their own stall width. See the attached image. My reasoning would be that 10' doesn't really give the horses a chance to get away from their neighbours if they want to.
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    01-10-2014, 05:27 PM
  #6
Yearling
Yeah I think your right, hopefully she'll end up doing that, make the 12', I guess the runs are suppose to be 40 or so feet long.
     
    01-13-2014, 04:48 PM
  #7
Yearling
Figured I would up date, guess she decided on the runs are 14' wide and 40' long, there is going to be a room 12' by 10' ?? That everyone has enough room for 20 bales each, each person has a 2.5' by 3' tack/feed locker which open up into the center of the barn (15' wide or so) where the cross ties are. She is keeping the loft for her hay and bedding. The changes were made because she made her horses a run in instead of two stalls so only one door from the barn in was needed for cleaning/feeding proposes.

Wish I could post pictures it is a cute barn, once the new siding goes on.

She's just trying to decide on the board fee, around here is $200 for a small paddock, five horses each with wrapped round. To $325 with stall, limited turnout and a indoor, small bales of hay.
     

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