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post #41 of 43 Old 10-07-2015, 06:51 PM
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Talking 100+ Year Barn

Hoo boy, be ready for probably a page about what I love about my barn. Now, the caption says 100+ year old barn. And yes, it is over 100 years old. My great-great-grandpa Otto built it when he traveled over with his mum, siblings, and dad from Prussia, Germany, still it's own country then. Anyways, it is very old and I'm constantly finding surprises. My family has always loved horses, so much that a back in the old days someone of my relation got killed trying to help a sickly horse (he got kicked in the head and there were no docs). It has four big stalls, with wooden beams supporting the roof. The other half of the barn is clear, space to be turned into more stalls, feeding rooms... etc. I haven't decided on what to do with it, yet, so why don't you help me out and give me some ideas! There is also a cow milking stall, which is vacant as of right now, and I'm not sure what I'll do with that either, since a horse can't fit and I don't have a milk cow. There is also a fairly large tack room, with stairs leading up to the hay loft beside it. Now, I have a small paddock leading out from stall #1, a small pasture that has many trees surrounding it, and a big feedlot/pasture that I keep my horses in. Overtime I've seen many new barns that were freshly built, but they have stunk with the reek of newness, if that makes sense. My barn is old, has character, personality, and many memories. It was used as a horse barn, calving barn... etc. Many bottle calves have been raised here, horses have lived here, people have worked here, and life has blossomed right here in this barn.
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post #42 of 43 Old 10-07-2015, 07:18 PM
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Well, I have only been with our barn since May, and it's the first barn I've been in regularly since I was a kid. However, here are my favorite things:

Concrete aisles that are always swept clean. You could sit down on them and not get dirty.

Well-cleaned stalls that do not smell.

A glassed-off viewing room (to the indoor) with chairs, a desk, and a refrigerator.

A large indoor arena.

A large outdoor arena.

A wash area.

A laundry area with a toilet (toilets are a big deal, no?)

A tack room with ample room for everyone's things.

It's heated.

My favorite: it's full of happy horses!
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post #43 of 43 Old 10-15-2015, 05:41 PM
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I have a 56 by 54 pole barn, as of right now i have 4 stalls on the far end, and hay at the other with a big door for a tractor to get into. i have a 12 by 12 tack/feed room on the wall with the hay that has a walk through door and a small window. we are adding a lean-to off the small walk through door that will be 14 by 64 to store hay and a 14 by 16-18 foot tack room/ feed room in the front to get the hay and tack out of the barn and the stalls will be taken out this fall or in the spring so i have the whole barn to ride in.

we are building a large leanto outside for them to go into, we will be spliting the lean to in half and making it to two different pastures, so i can feed my easy keeper with out the other two trying to eat his food. but making sure we can open it up to let them all use both pastures.
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