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Mom2ThreeGyrls 10-20-2009 04:49 PM

About to build loafing shed for horses
We are about to start building our loafing shed for the horses this weekend and while we have plans already, I want to ask everyone that IF you had it to over again, what would you insist be done in your shed/barn?
Our shed will have 5 stalls but will only be used during mealtimes and when a horse is sick or injured. They will have free access to come and go. We will have a tackroom and an area at the end that will be covered for hay.
We are also going to use screws instead of nails so there isn't any unnecessary injury and it will be easy to replace a board when one breaks.
So, what do you think is a MUST?
Thanks so much!

Walkamile 10-20-2009 09:52 PM

Sounds great. The only thing I wish I had done was put my Shedrow on a frost wall. It is moving and now we'll have to push it back somehow. Well that and I wish I had a water supply there. Have to haul water when temps freeze the hose. Long winter = strong arms and legs! :lol:

Mom2ThreeGyrls 10-20-2009 10:24 PM

I thought it was winter in Maine 12 months of the year! You need a heater in their water.

Walkamile 10-20-2009 10:29 PM

LOL! Sure seems like it! I do have a heater, only when I use it my mare refuses to drink out of the tank. The gelding has no issues with it. My mare is super sensitive to electric current, will check the fence often to see if it is charged. Not sure if she "senses" it , hears it or whatever. So sadly, I haul warm water , often, to them to get them to drink a lot. Hence the strong arms and legs. :wink:

Production Acres 10-21-2009 09:06 AM

Minimum height of lowest board 10'. Minimum width of stalls - 12' on center. I much prefer full width gates on stall fronts - easier to deal with mares and babies, unbroke horses, scared horses, much easier to clean/strip stall with skidloader, much easier to use empty stall for other purposes(hay, shavings, lawn mower parking, etc.) Concrete the whole floor! Slope the stalls to the rear 1" in 12 ft for drainage. Put french drain at rear.

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