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    03-18-2010, 04:08 PM
Question Barn Sugestions???

Ok, so aroung late-summer I may be purchasing a horse. (My First) But first we have to remodel the old barn on the property. Some workers are hooking up electric,painted it...ya know. So I was wndering if anyone had any tips on stalls,pasture fences,doors,mats?
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    03-18-2010, 05:56 PM
I got all my stall mats (3 - 12x12 stalls) off of craigslist. Normally it would cost about $300 per stall new, but we paid about $250 for enough for 3 stalls. The only thing we did was powerwash them, scrub with bleach and let them dry in the sun. They were good as new :)

For fencing we used 6" round locust posts and 16" oak boards. When you nail them on, stagger the boards. Also nail the boards to the inside of the posts, so when horses lean on them they can't pop out nails.

Install more gates than you think you'll need and make them big enough for a tractor/truck. We originally only had 4 gates. Now we're adding 2 more and it's a pain to have to go back and cut boards, pull up posts and resink larger ones for the gate to attach to.

For stalls get whatever style you like, but I would make sure the metal parts of powder-coated. Contact a stall company, they can help with installation :)
    03-18-2010, 07:54 PM
    03-19-2010, 09:15 AM
Old barns are notoriuos for having old rusty nails hanging out of the siding, and in the soil around the barn. Go around the barn looking carefully at the siding. Remove any nails that no longer have any 'grip' in the structure behind the siding. Renail in a different place.

Find a strong magnet to look for nails in the soil. I mean a BIG industrial magnet 5" x 10" and several pounds. Rake the surface around the barn, and drag the magnet over the soil to pick up any nails, screws, and hardware. It only takes one small nail to create one very big vet bill. The contractors recently working on the barn may also have dropped nails.

Look for tell-tale signs that barbed wire may have been used on the farm, and remove it. Old insulators nailed to trees or the outside of the barn are good indicators that you need to look farther. You might find one tiny piece of it, but when you gently pull on it, you find a long strand buried in the soil.

I would visit several boarding facilities in the area, and other private barns to look at the construction details. You will get ideas of what is useful to put in your barn. Touring other barns will help you come up with a plan to divide up your barn so that it makes sense for the way you want to maintain your horses.

And...keep asking questions.

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