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.