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post #1 of 12 Old 03-15-2017, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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What Else Do I Need?

We moved into a wonderful new place. 3 acres of pasture, 2 stall barn. Everything is empty. No supplies, no stall mats, no nothing.

I know basically what I need to have in place before we bring home the horses in August, but I'm interested in what y'all think is indispensable.

What do you wish you had put in the barn before you got started? What do you wish you already had day 1?

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-15-2017, 07:51 PM
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Honestly I don't even really use my barn for anything but storage since my horses are on pasture 24/7. I have a four stall barn. 1 stall for the goats, 1 stall for misc use, 1 for horses, and 1 for hay storage. I have a tack room and a feed room. One thing I will say, in the beginning I had the tack and feed in the same room, and I've since moved it separately. I much prefer them being separate.

I am ALL about efficient storage. If I were you, I would immediately put up some gorilla racks or something similar to give you lots of shelf space, if you don't already have something like that. I keep all my supplies on the racks. Each horses grooming totes, medicine, cleaner, lunging equipment, etc.

Oh, also, I really like a clean barn isle. If you have a concrete floor in your barn, I'd get a blower or push broom. I brush mine out every day. I hate when there's a bunch of dirt, shavings, hair, hoof trimmings, etc on the floor.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-15-2017, 07:53 PM
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Also, I wanted to add, I am in and out of my tack room a LOT, and the door is really really crappy. I have to slam it to shut it because my gelding broke into it one day and dented the track, so I would invest in good doors that open and close/lock easily.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-15-2017, 08:09 PM
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Walk your pasture and at before the horses come home. I know that sounds simple, but I kind of jumped in feet first and only after mine got home, did I realized a couple of fence repairs needed to be made and that there was a weed all over that I can't figure out if toxic!
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-15-2017, 08:09 PM
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Well, I have a patched-together system on someone else's property so my advice comes mainly from daydreaming . . .

So, my dream includes a 12' aisle, a hayloft with stairs, well-drained matted stalls, a heated, well-lit, airy, mouseproof, roomy tackroom with a sink (ditto the not keeping feed and tack in the same place), excellent ventilation and light in the stable, and horse-proof latches on the stable doors.

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Do you plan on putting shavings/pellets in the stalls? What I wanted, but did not get, due to my Husband, that, "I'm the man and I know better crap." I was still working and 300 miles away, so I could not supervise. Any way, what I wanted was DG packed, with a vibrating plate, in the stalls, then stall mats. I put pine wood stove pellets down first, for absorption, then pine shavings. The two horses I have now are pretty neat.
Since said Husband, did NOT put DG and mats in the stalls, all 6 stalls now have nice big holes in them where everyone use to pee, and gradually the stall floor has been picked up, making the holes larger, along with the pee and manure.


Hay Storage, do you have an area to store 100+ bales. Do you have 2 horses? If you're going to get your hay for the year you'll need a place to store that much hay. And storage for shavings/pine pellets, if you are going to use them.


In my old barn, where we moved from, we had a hot water heater, sure was nice to bathe the boys with warm water. Electricity is nice too, have a fridge in the tack room, to hold cold drinks and carrots, etc... and like Avna said, a sink, had one of those at the old place too, sure was nice, hot water went to the sink as well as the washrack outside. I'm sure I'll think of a few other things after I hang up........... Have fun!
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Well, I have a patched-together system on someone else's property so my advice comes mainly from daydreaming . . .

So, my dream includes a 12' aisle, a hayloft with stairs, well-drained matted stalls, a heated, well-lit, airy, mouseproof, roomy tackroom with a sink (ditto the not keeping feed and tack in the same place), excellent ventilation and light in the stable, and horse-proof latches on the stable doors.
and a wash stall with on demand hot water (heaven) and a flushing toilet
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-16-2017, 04:19 AM
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Well, I have a patched-together system on someone else's property so my advice comes mainly from daydreaming . . .

So, my dream includes a 12' aisle, a hayloft with stairs, well-drained matted stalls, a heated, well-lit, airy, mouseproof, roomy tackroom with a sink (ditto the not keeping feed and tack in the same place), excellent ventilation and light in the stable, and horse-proof latches on the stable doors.
I wouldn't want loft storage at all! Separate unit for hay and bedding certainly not in a loft.

The aisle I had between the stables and loose area was 8' and that was plenty of room
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I wouldn't want loft storage at all! Separate unit for hay and bedding certainly not in a loft.

The aisle I had between the stables and loose area was 8' and that was plenty of room
The first is a good idea, although a lot more expensive to build a whole nother building. I want plenty of aisle room, enough to drive a truck or a tractor in.
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Your barn is in place...
The things though I would do to start making it "home"...

*3 acres of pasture....check that entire fence line for strong posts and good fencing and gates.
If money allowed I would also section that acreage so you can rest and grow grass back in and rotate those mouths off as needed...
Yes, I would also be building a sacrifice paddock 50' x 150' immediately with the ability to section it smaller.
Bad, miserable weather or a horse who can't be on pasture all day long...forget the one who is on reduced space for medical needs. To me a sacrifice area to protect the horses and that pasture is a must!
*Then depending upon what the floor base is in aisle and stalls would dictate to me what I was preparing to do.
Concrete aisles are nice to keep clean, but I do like mats where my horse cross-ties for traction and easier on my legs for those long tedious grooming sessions.
*Stalls...I bed heavy with a mix of fine and medium shavings. 8" - 10" deep.
Cleaned daily and scrupulously kept clean.
*A wash stall with either a graded base and mats or a drain system...outdoor is fine with a cross-tie to secure the horse and a wood 2 board railing around the perimeter rear/side to give containment space. I don't "bathe" in winter cold, period. Spot clean yes, soaking bath, no.
*A way to leave the barn open but secured so no "escapees" get out, get in or get into another area they should not gain entrance to...fence posts with fitted hanging board hardware and a 1"x6"x?? across a door opening is a good stopper of a investigative minded horse.
*Well lit stall and aisle area for the days of dreary or stormy weather...nothing worse than not seeing well working with horses or cleaning the stalls.
*Stalls that have working windows but not drafty height and cross-ventilation a plenty.
*Lovely to have a tack room if space allows.
*A separate feed room with a locking door that indeed closes and locks...horses are Houdini's on getting in where they should not be. Steel pails or rodent proof containers for feeds and supplements and to keep out dust and debris.
*Electric, grounded outlets and a few spaced in a barn already constructed so you can clip, use medical equipment as needed, a water bucket heater safely or plug in a fan to cool you or the horse. Please refrain if possible from extension cords...
For warmer months if horses are housed inside a sealed motor fan for cooling breeze and to keep flies at bay...then add a fly-mist system for the stall area if not barn.
*Wheel barrow, pitchfork, manure fork and broom are necessities in my barn. All with a place to be kept out of the way of a loose horse, preferably hung up hand tools.
Ability for my tractor to drive through so I can muck to the bucket or small dump trailer is heavenly.

*A hay storage area that can hold 100 bales or more as you want to stockpile in for "winter time" use. Truly a must...
I feed on average 5 heavy bales per week for 2 horses. My horses do go out to their pasture but nothing is growing well so they browse but not eat and get nourishment from their pickings...
My pasture quit growing well in August and still has not come in where I can depend on it for serious feeding of my animals.
Right now my hay storage area is a empty stall but if space allowed and convenient it would be a separate building with a solid roof and wall system. My hay is on pallets with a vapor barrier underneath those pallets and covered with a tarp to keep dust, dirt and bird droppings off of it.
My hay is a clean today as the day I stacked 110 bales in...

Well, that would be my must haves and were....
Some more ideas to get you started...

Enjoy bringing the horses home...
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