Help me put together "the list"
DH and I are house/property hunting right now and we are going for a loan/grant to start our own facility. We are doing a 15 stall barn, with focus on a small riding school with a few lesson horses and boarding. Plus my own horses.
I have been asked to put together a list of everything needed to do the initial set up of the barn and i'm not gonna lie, I keep drawing a blank lol. Its sad because I know I know these things but when I need to sit down and list them out I just can't seem to do it.
Outdoor Water Troughs with heaters
Feed Buckets(for in the stalls)
Grain Buckets(for each horses grain to be made up into)
Grain Storage Bins
Round Bale Feeders
Slow feed nets for round bales
Tractor(type to be decided yet, must be able to move round bales)
Fully stocked first aid kit for horse and human(I have the list of items needed for these already)
Bucket Scrub Brushes
Fencing - Electrobraid?
I am drawing a serious blank on this tonight. We are going to start pricing things out this weekend so I need to get a detailed list for every little item. I also have to have quantities for each item as well.
So umm... help? lol
You did a good job, I can't think of much more at the moment, but how about a heavy duty shop broom? And if you go with a bobcat skidsteer, list all the attachments, such as your roundbale spike attachment.
Good idea Karen! Thank you
I also am adding:
White board for communication/worming schedules etc
White board markers
Sexy buff stable boy....
We have decided we are doing the coverall arena and possibly doing coverall for our barn. We are doing two wash stalls in the barn and an outdoor wash rack and separate hay storage as well.
I am so excited that this is finally happening! This has been my life long dream and its going to be happening! Hmm a sexy buff stable boy... since hubby is always away I like this idea :lol:
I feel the need to add unnecessary items to your list:
Horses. More horses.
At last two dogs to chase around and bark at each other in the lesson arena, especially during beginner lessons
Umpteen barn cats
Cool seasonal decoration
Cool horse mail box
Tons of signs to put on the road to let everyone know there is a for serious barn RIGHT HERE
I could think of more but you would probably hunt me down.
Almost forgot, hydrants for outdoors, year round, and 220 amp service (that's the pricey thing!)
Well I have the two dogs :rofl:
I want a four wheeler though!
As for signs... I don't want anyone knowing where my barn is unless they have too :twisted:
Leaf blower and an extra battery if you go electric
Quick hose connectors for all hoses and spouts
At least one pocket hose. Its sooo light weight and compact that have a couple around for random needs.
I've done this before and recently here some suggestions and advice:
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When you have a choice of colors choose black. Powder coated, plastic color, bridle hooks, saddle racks etc, get black. Its usually cheaper than colors, and to get splashes of color decorate elsewhere. The only exception to this are colored buckets for horses that get supplements. everybody has their own colored bucket, or a black bucket with a colored piece of electrical tape on the handle with their name.
However many bridle racks you think you need in your tackroom, double it, and if you have the money, triple it.
In my private home barn where I keep my tack, I have two horses and 17 bridle racks and I still wish I would have bought more and planned more space to accomadate even more. And again this is a tack room for only the two horses I keep at home.
You can seem them in my post here:
If you can't afford a ton of bridle racks, I find the larger cat food cans with a single nail hammered right through the center work just as well, you can even paint them to match the rest of your hardware.
I was REDICULOUSLY excited when I bought my first horse farm, and I wish I would have spent as much time planning my mud and manure management as I did shopping for the stuff I need.
It's not as fun, I've spent 5 times more on mud, manure and pasture management that I did on setting up and equiping a full barn. Plus you set up a barn once, mud, manure and pasture are ongoing and forever.
So my number 1 piece of equipment to invest in is a bunch of hoofgrid or stablegrids installed around all heavy traffic areas
Introduction to HoofGrid™ equine footing and flooring grid systems
Whoa, sounds way cool! Congratulations on the new plans!
So if it was MY barn and my funds were unlimited....
I might add to the list
Barn phone with limited long distance access and emergency numbers programed in
Mixing spoons for feed room
Extra lead ropes
Those legal signs you have to post telling everyone that when they die as a result of interacting with horses, it is not your fault.
Cones or letters for the riding arena
?Mirrors for the arena?
Chairs for lesson watchers
?A way to tape and replay lessons?
Pre-teen girls to muck stalls for you and to help oogle the sexy stable hand
And most importantly... a Keuring coffee machine and a mini-fridge to hold half-n-hal... er, i mean, horse vaccines.
If I think of anything else, I will add it on...
Man, have fun!!! Whoo-hoo!!! Party on at the tack shop!!!
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