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It is so nice to finally have a barn!

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  • It is so nice to finally have a barn!

    For those of you who don't know my barn saga. In 2008, Hurricane Ike destroyed the pole barn we had south of Houston. We rebuilt a much nicer barn but right before we finished it, we found out we had to move (because of a job). So I enjoyed the barn for a few months and then moved to the Waco area where we bought a property without a barn. We decided we could build one - a 7 stall barn with a center aisle and tack room. Because we had helped build the one south of Houston.

    So we started. And then it rained and rained and was windy and we couldn't work for so many weekends. Then we had a tornado that destroyed a little two stall shelter I was using and did damage to another 3 stall shelter I was using. So I had no barns/stalls. And we kept building.

    About 18 months later, we're nearly done! We still have to paint, buy stall mats for 3 stalls and part of the barn aisle, and finish sealing up the tack room...

    But I have a BARN. Right now, four stalls are usable, the cross ties are usable, the tack room is usable. I have NEVER had a tack room before, and it so nice to get my stuff organized and unpack boxes of horse equipment that have been in storage!

    I've got horses in four stalls this morning for the first time - waiting for the vet to come float teeth.

    I think I am giddy.
    Visit us at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society - www.bluebonnetequine.org

    Want to get involved in rescue or start your own? Check out How to Start a Horse Rescue - www.howtostartarescue.com

  • #2
    congrats! yes, it is worth getting excited over. us horsey peeps have some weird 'want' lists and when something get fulfilled, it's totally reason to celebrate. a few years ago i had been wanting to rearrange the lights in my barn aisle (when it was first built, i just went with what the builder suggested, but after living with them for a few years, i wanted them moved). it was like waiting for christmas or my birthday when the electrician showed up. my husband finally came down to the barn when he saw that the electrician had been gone for 1/2 hr but the lights were still turning off and on and off and on. yup, i was giggling while flipping the switch, i was mesmerized. so, go on, whoop it up, we can all hear you and most of us are joining in!
    R.I.P. my sweet boy Tristan
    36 years old, but I was hoping you'd live forever


    • #3
      Where are the pics? You can't share news of a new barn without pics!
      Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
      Witherun Farm


      • #4
        Congratulations! So happy to hear the good news!
        Originally posted by The Saddle
        Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.


        • #5
          Yes, I want pics~!!

          I am so excited for you that your barn is up and usable~!! I just got electric in my pole barn a few months ago and I'm STILL ecstatic about it~!! Next step will be plumbing so I can roll up all the hoses I have laying across the property and then individual stalls. I have pipe stalls under the run in and cross ties. My tack room is a 9x38' trailer that's pulled up to the end of the barn but I'm happy with that. It has electric and loads of room for all my stuff.

          I can't wait to see your pix~!


          • #6
            Oh, we need pictures, the painting can wait.

            It is so nice to have room to work under a roof, is it.
            We don't know that until we do have a roof.


            • #7
              SERIOUSLY!? You can't post this without pictures!!!

              I'm very happy for you, btw.
              DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/


              • Original Poster

                I know, I know. I need to go get new pictures. I will do that this evening and post.

                No electric yet - we did all the work on this ourselves (the two of us - my dad came down two weekends and helped, but the rest was us). We've run out of money and energy for now.

                I am POSITIVE that when I do finally get electricity, I will be flipping the lights on and off and on and off!
                Visit us at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society - www.bluebonnetequine.org

                Want to get involved in rescue or start your own? Check out How to Start a Horse Rescue - www.howtostartarescue.com


                • #9
                  When your ready for a Painting party lemme know and I'll bring the kid, husband and beer/juice. I'm not an artist but can round up the troops for the painting. We should have a Texas get together
                  Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                  Originally Posted by alicen:
                  What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


                  • #10
                    My blue eyes are turning green!!! Congratulations! There is nothing like having your own barn, where you can do what YOU want, when YOU want it, and HOW you want it!!! It is so worth all the aggravations and work!!!

                    She may not have changed the stars from their courses, but she loved a good man, and she rode good horses….author unknown


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cowgirljenn View Post
                      I think I am giddy.
                      Yahoo! Contgratulations!

                      Yeah, it's nice to have a place to put your stuff. So you can collect more stuff, and know it's ok to collect more stuff because you have a place to put it so it's not like it's going to get ruined or anything.

                      Plus, you have to have more stuff because you built a 7 stall barn - and if you built it - horses will come.

                      I'm really happy for you and I can't wait to see pictures.
                      Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                      Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                      -Rudyard Kipling


                      • #12
                        Congratulations and pictures pictures pictures!


                        • #13
                          Many, many congrats!


                          • #14
                            YAY, right there with you, still a work in process, got the barn up early winter (after 3 years of longing for a barn) and stalls are in use, waiting on well drilling permit as we speak, and some of the rough-in for the electric is done!!!!!!! It's so exciting like a kid on Christmas morning. ENJOY!
                            "They spend 11 months stuggling to live, and 25 years trying to die" my farrier

                            "They are dangerous on both ends and crafty in the middle"


                            • #15
                              Congratulations! Not only do you get a barn, but you get a great sense of accomplishment every time you look at it.
                              You can't fix stupid-Ron White


                              • #16
                                I am really excited for you. I think it's a HUGE achievement! You took a risk and it has paid off. I am sure that every day you go into that barn your chest will swell and you will think "damnit - WE did this!" - and so you should!

                                (Now, we are looking to build one - as you've done one, you could be way more efficient on a 2nd one - when can you start?)


                                • #17
                                  No electric yet - we did all the work on this ourselves (the two of us - my dad came down two weekends and helped, but the rest was us). We've run out of money and energy for now.

                                  I am POSITIVE that when I do finally get electricity, I will be flipping the lights on and off and on and off!
                                  lol, trust me, you will be flicking those lights. We built our barn too and it took 6 years before we got around to running electricity to it. It's been almost a year and I still go into the barn and flick the lights. The other night I was standing there flicking them and grinning away. My husband asked why was I flicking the lights? I just smiled bigger and said, cause I have lights to flick and I think it's totally cool.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Photos (as requested). Hoping the link works:

                                    Visit us at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society - www.bluebonnetequine.org

                                    Want to get involved in rescue or start your own? Check out How to Start a Horse Rescue - www.howtostartarescue.com


                                    • #19
                                      Congratulations on both the barn and tack room!

                                      When I was young, our barn did not have electricity. It was all wood with a tin roof and very cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

                                      It's amazing how barns have changed. Now so many even have a washer/dryer room.



                                      • #20
                                        HUGE congrats Jenn! It looks awesome, I can only see the first photo (site requires you to join to see the rest) but it looks beautiful.

                                        So happy for you!
                                        You jump in the saddle,
                                        Hold onto the bridle!
                                        Jump in the line!