Future planning for our little farmette
Hello, all. Hubby and I found the farmette of our dreams in the location of our dreams, and we now have the fun task of planning a small barn, an arena and paddocks. A little background:
We are located on a small foothill ridge and have 10 acres of tillable land that is currently farmed by our neighbor. the other 10 is where the house, garage/barn and woods are. We plan to turn the tillable area into the horse/farm animal area. My wants are: a 4 stall barn with tack/feed room and wash stall. Sand/all weatherish arena for jumping and dressage.
the land has some mildly sloped areas that may be suitable for grading and use as the arena/barn area, and then some more moderately sloped areas for the paddock/grazing areas.
I would like to keep it as simple as possible, and plan on doing extensive research to select the best drained spot for the barn/arena. I'd love for them to be connected, but if that doesn't happen, oh well. I'd rather walk to a well drained area to ride rather than force them together.
The area where we will be is in SW wisconsin, and there are tons of Amish who routinely build barns, so I am hoping to go this route. Our garage/barn was built by the Amish 25 years ago, and it is still gorgeous.
Inclement weather/long winters make me think that a small covered/enclosed arena would be helpful for letting horses move and buck a little when it's icy out. Also, it would be nice to be able to handwalk an injured horse inside, although we do have a very long, very flat driveway that could be used for this purpose.
Okay dreamers, after that novel -- here are the questions...
1. Selecting the best spot - what do you wish you knew now? Do you just put the arena and barn on the highest area? How close do you go to the house? (hubby seems to want the barn close to the house.
2. Building a barn - I don't want a big one - I'll just fill it with rescue OTTBs. I have one already, and I suspect they are like Lay's potato chips. Besides. Hubby needs a horse. And a cow. And a goat. What are the basics? Books to read? Websites to surf?
3. Cost. We're trying to save up as much of this as we can to be able to pay for it in cash if possible. that means lots of ramen. I suspect with our land that grading will be a signficant expense.
4. This little attached walking area - am i crazy to want this or is this just going to be almost as expensive as building an indoor arena?
ok- have at it! I would appreciate any and all advice! We're at the ideas stage, so nothing is written in stone except for the farm we own. thanks in advance!