I will be putting in a small 3 stall barn in the next month or two, and as I've never done this before, I have a few questions.
1) Proper base for the stalls: I plan to put mats down in the stalls, but was wondering what would be the ideal base to put underneath.
2) Run-outs: Each stall will have an attached run-out off of it, so the horses can (almost) always be out if they want, without killing the grass all the time. But, with this being CT, I know mud will likely be an issue. What is the best way to create better drainage for the run-outs? The barn will be on a relatively level area (as it is now), and the way that the barn has to be oriented, part of the run-outs won't get much sun.
I'm sure I have more questions, but I'll leave it at that for now, as I can't think of the others.
Last edited by Nestor; Apr. 9, 2013 at 05:12 PM.
When I installed my 4 stalls I loaded in road gravel as fill. The last 2-3 inches I graded out stone dust. If you have access to a compactor(simple rental type unit) that would be even better for packing the stone dust flat. You will want to wet the stone dust too; it will pack better. There are a few spots where the larger stones from the gravel have made appearances under our mats>>lumpy! So some sort of sand or stone dust top layer is needed for the mats to lay upon. Easier grading/levelling too.
Under the eaves I would go to the trouble of installing perimeter drainage pipe and some stone around it for good drainage, covered in some more sand where the horses will be walking, especially if the run outs are facing east or north east.