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sliceoflife 03-22-2013 01:19 AM

Stables in sheds?
Okay, so the property we are moving to has LOTS of big sheds. I'm wondering if I could build stables in there? What would the best materials be to use? How big would I need to make them, would it be best to line the bottoms with rubber?

Any advice you could all give me would be great :D

sliceoflife 03-22-2013 07:37 PM

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Phly 03-22-2013 07:59 PM

Describing the sheds would really really help. Pictures are even better. Gotta know what you're starting with to be if much real help. IMO.
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sliceoflife 03-22-2013 08:02 PM

Only photos I have are ones from the ad for the place, but I will post them in a sec :)
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alexischristina 03-22-2013 09:37 PM

Define 'really big'. Do you know the dimensions?

sliceoflife 03-23-2013 01:13 AM

I have no idea of the dimensions, as we haven't been to the property. But here are some photos from the advert for the place. I can get some better photos when we arrive there on Thursday.

This photo I imagine, you would need a ramp at the door - which I think I would leave open maybe for light - for the horses to walk up.

This is another shed, you can find of see how big it is. Again, doors could be left open.

Can't really see this one well. So not sure how big it is, but again, will get more photos on Thursday.

Here is photo showing the same sheds in the 3rd photo I put up :) the shed to the left I think I might make into my feed/tack shed :)

Chevaux 03-23-2013 01:45 AM

Your buildings definitely look like possibilities. The building sizes would be needed for a good discussion. The size of your stalls will depend on how big your horses are and how much time they'll be spending in their stalls. In my barn, I have 10 ft x 10.5 ft stalls (with rubber mats that I certainly would recommend) as my horses aren't that big (15 hands is the biggest) and they don't spend a great deal of time in the stalls other than their daily grain feed and going in over night in the winter months. A lot of people will put 12 ft x 12 ft stalls in. And, of course, a tack room and/or feed room in the same building as the stalls is always a bonus.

sliceoflife 03-23-2013 02:39 AM

I will most likely have horses of all sizes. I foster sometimes :)

I will measure it once we move in :)
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oobiedoo 03-23-2013 03:55 AM

Lotsa good possibilities but I wouldn't use the one off of the ground for horses. I'd geuss it was maybe used for grain storage? Never did any farming so not sure but I think I would maybe use that building for a combination feed/ tack room. Anything ground level just check out really well for any exposed edges of tin that anyone could get cut on.

Speed Racer 03-23-2013 06:50 AM

Second and third ones would make excellent run ins or stalls. The first one? No, just no. As oobie stated, you never want to house horses off the ground. They could break through the flooring.

I have 3 utility bays I turned into stalls. Mine are 10'X24', and I added 10' gates to the entrances. You don't have to get fancy. If the floors are dirt you won't need rubber mats, just keep them bedded down with shavings or sawdust.

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