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    03-01-2011, 11:44 AM
Smile Show and Tell: What Do You Like About Your Barn

I love to see other people's barns and hear about what works and doesn't work for them. It's always great to find a new idea or two to incorporate into our own set ups!

If you'd like, please tell us about your barn. Photos would be great if you have them! What do you like about it? What works well, and what doesn't work so well?

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    03-01-2011, 12:07 PM
It's laid back and not much drama. I don't like that it doesn't have an indoor arena so I can't do a lesson when it's raining and real muddy. The people are great, and I love my trainer/BO
    03-01-2011, 12:16 PM
Originally Posted by Katesrider011    
It's laid back and not much drama. I don't like that it doesn't have an indoor arena so I can't do a lesson when it's raining and real muddy. The people are great, and I love my trainer/BO

What do you like or dislike about the setup? Stalls, tack storage, anything really nifty you'd put in your own barn if you had one? (The whole lack of drama is worth its weight in gold! LOL!)
    03-01-2011, 12:29 PM
It's pretty much just a basic barn. The setup is nothing fancy. It has a room that stores all the tack, as well as hanging it in certain areas, wash rack, and such. Has everything I'd put in my own barn.
    03-01-2011, 12:45 PM
I love my barn. But, of course, we just had it built so......

I like the open setup because I can re-arrange the pens as I need to, the open south side allows good air circulation. Once we get the tack room finished and the lights done, it will be perfect.

So far, the only thing I can think of that isn't perfect about it is that when we were having snow and 60mph north winds, some of the snow would get sucked up through the open side and so everything inside had a light dusting of snow. That will be a quick enough fix before next winter though with some of those plastic curtain things.

This was just after they finished construction and we hadn't started to move stuff in yet.

The concrete slab in the back left corner is where we are building the tack room now.

    03-01-2011, 02:15 PM
The last barn I boarded at had cross-tie stalls that had a drain in each. There was no wash bay but the 4 cross-tie stalls could be used as a wash bay. As there was only 4 and no where else to tie (new barn owner decided that you couldn't tie the horse to the outside fence anymore) it was really awful when the place was busy. Especially when some people got snooty if you took "their" cross-tie stall while they were riding.

This barn also had a very small tack "room". Really it was just a wall when you walk into the barn. They had little box lockers about 4 feet high, one row on the ground and one row on top. It really sucked when the english girls had to have the bottom lockers as they couldn't reach and I was stuck with my western saddle on a stand 6 feet in the air. I also had to keep my tack locker locked at this barn. Sadly, the only one who ever tried to take anything out of it was the barn owner when she threaten to throw all of my stuff away for not showing up at the barn that day. (I was away at a weekend horse show, with my horse. And she knew full well I was gone)

Now on to the "less nice" barn I board at now. (old barn had a superiority complex). They have two cross-ties that are in the aisle that leads into the indoor arena so you do have to deal with un-tieing a horse to let someone by, but there are only 6 of us that ride, 3 regularly, so its not bad. You can also tie and tack up in an empty stall or the wash bay.
The tack/feed room is actually a full room, with a arena viewing area and a sink. They do have tack lockers that are stacked on top of each other, but actually start on the ground so the top saddle stands are chin level. I also don't have to lock up at this barn.

ALL of the outdoor pens have shelters, unlike the old barn, who still charged the same amount for a shelter and non-sheltered pen. This barn also has trees around it and is well sheltered from the wind.

I'd like to add, that the most annoying thing about the old barn was that the only 'human' doors led straight into the indoor arena. It was a huge pain in the butt to be riding along and some clueless visitor would fling open the door into an on-coming horse. Of course they swung inwards.

But no matter how nice the place, I go by the staff more than anything. I'd take the care at my current place over any fancy place any day.

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