Using a "barn" with no electricity?
I recently moved to a beautiful farm (leased, not mine). I love being able to live onsite with my horses again! It's a fabulous place to live and ride. However, there is no "barn" in the sense of a normal horse stable with stalls. There is a building with two stalls in it, run-in shed style. It is adequate enough for my 3 horses, two of which live outside 24/7; only one horse comes inside at night. However, it does not have electricity...I have to plan all my work cleaning/feeding etc during daylight, which is getting shorter as winter approaches. I have several flashlights and a headlamp, which work ok to throw some hay after dark or top off a water bucket.
Does anyone have suggestions on how to cope with no electricity? I have always been at a "proper" stable (even when horses lived out) with lights, outlets for fans, hot water, etc. There is a tobacco barn 100yds away with electric; if I have to use clippers or something portable I can lead the horse over there and have someone hold it (no available stalls in that barn). It's a PITA, but doable.
My real concern is the occasion of an injury or some emergency where the horse needs to be stalled, but I need real light for treatment at night. And I do worry about next summer, being able to bring horses inside but having no fan?
After horse-keeping for 15 years with access to a hot water washrack, aisle lights, stall lights, fans, stall outlets, heated tackroom/feed room, and windows/doors that close to the elements... I feel like I'm permanently "roughing it" in the wild. I know it's possible-- but what can make it better? I'm not trying to sound spoiled or whiny; I don't mind breaking ice and hauling water. But little things, like where my blacksmith plugs his truck up, or my vet to work when he arrives late... I'm trying to plan ahead and make this easier.