barn getting done!!
so today we got three of four stalls done today! and the four stall and the tack/feed room should be done by the weekend! we also got 2 acres fenced in for them yesterday.
we got feeders a few years ago for the stalls and my mom and dad want to put them where their head hole is and i dont want them their plus my geldings are pretty tall and can reach into the top and pretty much touch the bottom of it through the top. id rather have them on a wall or not at all! but my dad is set on them to have them right there! id rather have a build in ones to the corner. how do you feed your horses? hay feeder or ground something built in?
and how to organize the tack room with the feed? my bags of feed will go in the four stall (really want another horse but mom says not right now!) i may put a shelving thing in it and keep all the feed and stuff in it and put tack and other stuff in the tack room. what do you all have in your feed/tack room? mine will be 16' by 10' with a deck under it. how do you store your feed and extras?
First off, Harleywood, don`t be a tease -- give us pictures.
Re feeding hay: Outside - in managers that my husband built; Inside - just in the corner of the stall by oat bin (oat bin is plastic corner feed style).
Re feed bags: Ì keep mine piled on a couple of pallets in my feed/work area - nothing too fancy but it keeps them dry and safe since work area is gated.
Re tack room: A vast assortment of stuff is stashed there but not everything as there isn`t room - some stuff that isn`t used often is kept in my basement.
Where I used to board and am back while my guy is on stall rest, we have a very nice feed room.
It's long and narrow so we have a labeled trash can for each type of feed (senior, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, sweet feed and then my guy's grain). A shelf runs the length of the end wall and all the drawers of SmartPaks are on it. A shelf runs the long wall above the trash cans and that is our "prep" shelf. Anything special (so right now my guys, Bute, Antibiotic and a bottle of molasses) is there so it won't be forgotten and then the rest of the shelf we line up the feed pans on so we can easily dish up feed and then take the pans out to distribute.
Tack is in a separate room and we also have an empty stall we use for overflow (all the feed still in bags).
i left my phone inside the house! so i couldnt take pictures! tomorrow i will of the three and a picture of where my dad wants to hang the feeder... i do have one horse ight now on smartpaks and my other will be on it in october when he needs joint help. he also got asprin stuff for pain after ciro, and an allergy supplements. he also has mollasess jars. my horse has joint and calming (calming in smartpaks) plus ACV. my moms horse gets supplement plus ACV. and they all get flax and bitin so im trying to find a better way to store it as the flax is in a big open container with handles. and biotin in in a closed container which is hard to store as its very tall.
No excuses! Pictures!
I feed either on the ground (usually in a tub if I feed on ground which is rare) or in a small mesh hay net hung lower for barefoot horses and higher for shod horses.
I would recommend metal trash cans for most feed, at least feeds with a smell to them, but something like beet pulp (w/o molasses) could go in a rubbermaid. Make sure you have a door that will keep the horses out and always keep it closed. For storing random extra things, get those clear bins made by rubbermaid I believe, they sell them at target. Have places where you can set saddle pads and blankets out to dry, a few metal/wooden rods sticking out from the wall will do. Have plenty of selves, and a place to mix feed. I would not recommend storing hay in the same barn as your horses, but make sure it is on pallets wherever you store it. You will wnat some sort of sweepable surface to get all the spilled grain etc, off the floor to deter rodents, I prefer concrete or rubber bricks or regular bricks, but rubber mats and the like works as well. Good luck!
we are storing it along a wall on pallets, and putting up gates around it and they wont be in the barn area that much anyway. we have rubbermade garbage cans right now. and we have a dog feeder pull down thing where it comes out of the bottom that i may use for plain oats to get more room. my dads putting in a deck for the tack room so its off the ground. and there will be walls up.
black and white is my biggest horse and the stalls still need to be built up. the brown and white is the smallest horse and he can reach in still.. the others are of the stalls.
when we get the rest up ill take more pictures!
Thanks for pics. I eagerly await more.
That's exciting Harley! Congrats!
About the feeder it is a bit of a waste of time having them that low, they are the hay rack kind with the place to catch the lose bits right? They are ment to be at least chest high, with the top above the their head, so they can't pull it out the top. Right now it's a hazard if they get a leg up, or try climbing or pawing at them. Corner grain feeders would be useful below those holes so you just have to walk along dumping the feed as you go.
Really nice stalls by the way.
i know thats what i keep telling them i talked my mom out of putting them in my horses but she still wants it in hers but he paws! so ill tell her that.
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