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post #1 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question What do YOU want in a barn?

What would make or break the deal?

Just say that the barn is really new and doesn't have anything good or bad said about it.

What would you like to see when you visited the barn? Tack room? Lockers or trunks? Windows in every stall?

Anything at all!

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post #2 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 06:00 PM
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eh i like nice stalls with nice feed and large pastures with an arena. as long as the people are nice i dont care if its top notch. with a tack room and wash area.
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post #3 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 06:02 PM
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Lots of light and fresh air are important to me. I don't board but if I did I would probably prefer tack lockers, as I did have a saddle stolen once years ago. Also a warm lounge to hang out in would be nice, with a sink, fridge, coffee machine, fully-stocked bar, etc. etc. (well you DID say anything at all!).
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post #4 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 06:09 PM
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First off, the people looking after my horse would have to be real passionate about making sure he's getting the best care (my last BO could care less, and it was infuriating).
Also, clean stalls and paddocks (I'm not talking perfectly clean paddocks, just ones that are not covered in feces and tons of mud).
Decent sized arena (lighting for night riding is always a bonus!!)
Decent feed unless it was a buy your own type barn and a good feeding schedule.
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post #5 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Do you think 12x12 Stalls big enough?
DO you want a tack area or a specific tack room?

Ahaha a fully stocked bar would be nice! If only it would stay stocked!
Windows in each stall?
Do you want tack lockers or tack trunks? Or just space for your own tack trunk?

For stalls would everyone be okay with it being concrete with stall mats and shavings/sawdust?

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post #6 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 07:08 PM
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I love where I board right now. I have my tack trunk outside the stall next to the crossties. I also have 2 saddle racks and ample room for storage bins under them in the tack room. 12x12 stall which is great for my 14.2hh horse, bit small for a 16hh horse though.

One of my favorite things is the fridge that my trainer keeps stocked with bottled water. She provides the water, I generally toss bottles of juice and whatnot in, very convenient to have a fridge!
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post #7 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 07:40 PM
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Accessible restroom. Before the lounge potty got set up, you had to hope the BO was home to let you use her bathroom or go in the woods. I drink a lot of fluid so having nowhere to go would have gotten old fast
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post #8 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 08:01 PM
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I currently lease, so dont have a say in where I board. But, we will be purchasing in the next year to two years, and I do know what I will be looking for in a barn: (my current barn has most of this, so I feel pretty lucky)

- Full care with daily turn out to decent size pastures
- Stalls cleaned every day
- Indoor arena is a must for me
- Outdoor arena a nice to have
- I wont store my tack at the barn...ever...so a heated tack room is not important for me
- heated wash area
- someone on site 24/7.
- restrooms!

A barn need not be new or flashy, but does need to be clean.
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post #9 of 26 Old 11-14-2011, 09:49 PM
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Clean stalls, no ammonia smells, prefer 14X14 or 16X16 for stall size if the horses are in for any length of time and I'd pay extra for size, heated barn. A covered or heated indoor arena (depending on where the barn is) and a couple of outdoors. Trails, miles and miles of trails. Personal Tack room a MUST, not shared with anyone, tired of supplying the entire barn with fly spray only to find I never have any for MY horses.

I'm spoiled now, I have my horse at a show barn and never have to tack up, groom or do anything but ride, so ......Hot & Cold Running Barn Help would be lovely.

Large turn outs a must, not shared with other horses.

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post #10 of 26 Old 11-16-2011, 12:51 AM
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Turnout is most important to me. Either stalls of at least 14 by 14 with great ventilation with a window they can look out, or smaller stalls that have a run at least 21 feet long. Regular cleaning stalls, at least 8 hours of turnout, of course weather permitting, but if the run is over 50 feet then less is ok, and feeding at least every 6 hours or a small mesh hay net, but not when in grass pasture obviously.

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