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  • #21
    Ahh, Long Island. Yes, land is definitely at a premium there. Only so much land on an island. In New York. Near the city.

    I also love those retaining walls. Not just functional but they look so nice and tidy too. And the sand/loam is a *huge* benefit.

    Shedrows are great. They save tons of room and they're very useful. Maybe an overhang in the future? Keeps them shady in the summer and cuts down on rain blowing into the stalls when the doors are open and keeps snow from blocking the doors in winter. I'm still kicking myself for not adding one to my aisle barn.

    You can do an easy layout in a Paint program on your computer. I'm not very computer literate and I figured that one out somewhat easily.

    Here's an example, my property:


    Here's a satellite view:


    I'm not overly accurate with those...my property line in the second one is a bit off and in the Paint drawing my driveways don't just end for no known reason. But there's a bit of an idea.
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
    ...Belefonte

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    • #22
      You did an outstanding job on all accounts!!

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        #23
        didn't get a chance to draw something up yet...but I will!

        I do have a few more pictures of the layout of the property thought....I'll try and set it up like a virtual tour



        This picture is taken from our back porch...our property runs long west to east....this is facing east

        The building you can see is our garage/which will eventually partially house my husband's music studio

        http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...e/DSCF2609.jpg

        This picture is taken walking down our narrow driveway toward the back of the property....that fence is exactly on our property line

        http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...e/DSCF2610.jpg

        This is what you see when you get to the start of our turnaround....the turnaround basically goes all the way around the garage....the barn area doesn't start until well after the turnaround

        http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...e/DSCF2611.jpg

        If you continue straight down the driveway, past the garage you come to our shed and behind that is the chain link fence that encloses the front of our "horse area"

        http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...n/DSCF2612.jpg

        The main gate into the horse area

        http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...n/DSCF2615.jpg

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          #24
          Here are a few more of the barn area

          This is the part of the barn facing south with the attached turnouts...the picture was taken from outside the chain link fence
          http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...n/DSCF2614.jpg

          This is the "walkway" space we left in between the barn and the chain link

          http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...n/DSCF2616.jpg

          Head on view from the back of the ring...this is the east side of the barn

          http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...n/DSCF2620.jpg

          this is our "gate row" that allows us easy access to the stalls and turnouts for cleaning and for moving the horses around...the smaller turnout (the far one in this pic) also has a gate that opens directly into the ring so we can leave it open when we want and allow free access to the ring

          http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...n/DSCF2619.jpg

          last picture is coming around the far side of the turnaround going back toward our house (facing west)

          http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...e/DSCF2623.jpg

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          • #25
            This is so interesting-

            I have a question- Why did you choose stockade fence ?

            I have a small property that I intended to bring my guy home to but have had issues with land. I thought about running stockade across the back as I have a dropoff there.

            Thanks for posting all of the pictures, its motivating !

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              #26
              Originally posted by Trees4U View Post
              This is so interesting-

              I have a question- Why did you choose stockade fence ?

              I have a small property that I intended to bring my guy home to but have had issues with land. I thought about running stockade across the back as I have a dropoff there.

              Thanks for posting all of the pictures, its motivating !
              nasty neighbors mostly...the guy directly next to us has stated more than once that he hates horses.....so......this way he doesn't have to look at them if he doesn't want to....meanwhile the barn is set so far back from his house it really isn't an issue, but I'll sleep better with the stockade in place. If we had had more money I would have done more of the beautiful fencing we have running the length of the driveway, but it was too expensive.

              Actually what I would have loved to do if we had had more money would have been to do the stockade directly on the perimeter and then post and rail around the ring....the stockade that is in place now is 5-10 feet from our property line as per the variance we received from the town. If we could have afforded to "double fence" I would have done the stockade directly on the property line and then designated the post and rail as the "horse" fencing and done it 5 feet in.......but we would have had to do that in the entire horse area and that would have meant double fencing the entire thing. We just didn't have the $$ for that......maybe down the road though......

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              • #27
                Beautiful job Houdini! I think you made great use of the space you have and I certainly wouldn't apologize for the size!

                I hope you get the same satisfaction I do from having my horses at home!
                "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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                • #28
                  Dear Houdini1220;
                  Please send exact address as I will be arriving with my 2 horses ASAP.
                  Hope you don't mind the imposition, but I'm certain my 2 will be thrilled and I know I will.
                  Sorry, your DH will have to give up the music studio so I'll have a place to live........

                  Lovely layout!
                  You certainly made great use of the space!
                  Too bad about the fly-in-the-ointment horse-hating neighbor.
                  Maybe he'll change his mind once he sees how nicely-kept your farmette is?
                  One can always hope.
                  *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                  Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                  Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                  Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                  • #29
                    Love it!
                    Barn rat for life

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                    • #30
                      Your neighbor may become a lot less horse-hating when he realizes you'll keep a tidy place that doesn't smell and looks really nice. Many times neighbors are worrying about their property values...and those not familiar with horses will assume a stinky, fly-covered, manure making animal and all the barn/fencing/stuff to go along with it will ruin the re-sale value on their own home.
                      You jump in the saddle,
                      Hold onto the bridle!
                      Jump in the line!
                      ...Belefonte

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                      • #31
                        I LOVE IT!!!! What a fantastic job. You have me thinking about doing a turn-around around my detached garage instead of in front of it now too. Mmmm.
                        DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/

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                        • #32
                          Thanks for sharing. I think you have done a great job with the space you have available. It all looks so neat and tidy (and bright, shiny and new). I feel spoiled with my acreage and I certainly haven't optimized the space as you have.

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                            #33
                            Thank you so much everyone. I really can't tell you how happy the compliments make me. I really, really struggled in the beginning with whether or not the space was even worth trying to turn into horse property. This project almost didn't happen. We had an architect drawing up plans to do an extension on the house instead and I literally just could not get excited about it. I realized what I really wanted was the barn.

                            My father has been a huge help through the whole process emotionally and financially. I could not have done it without him. And my husband has been very understanding and tolerant of all the time/money/energy that has gone into making my dream come true. We have five people living in our house and I am the only horse person. The fact that they all supported this project makes me feel very blessed. My family is really amazing.


                            2DogsFarm.....

                            MistyBlue..I wish I could post a picture of what his house looks like.... Sadly, I think he just needs things to complain about so he can feel important.

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                            • #34
                              Fellow Long Islander. PM sent.
                              HorsePower! www.tcgequine.blogspot.com

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                              • #35
                                Houdini1220

                                You have a very nice farmette. a suggestion: If one of your horses lives up to your screen name I would look at your gate hinges. From the pictures, if a horse lifted the gate, it would fall away from the hinge pins. A better installation would have the top pin facing down, capturing the gate between the pin openings
                                Equus makus brokus but happy

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                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by hosspuller View Post
                                  Houdini1220

                                  You have a very nice farmette. a suggestion: If one of your horses lives up to your screen name I would look at your gate hinges. From the pictures, if a horse lifted the gate, it would fall away from the hinge pins. A better installation would have the top pin facing down, capturing the gate between the pin openings

                                  Not necessarily, that just makes it harder for the humans, if a horse is hung in a gate, to get it off.

                                  We add a baling wire around the upper pin and hinge, so a horse can't push the gate off the hinges by pushing on the gate or picking it up with it's head in the gate or a knee on a lower pipe.

                                  Nothing is foolproof around horses, but we have been glad the gate could be lifted in a hurry when needed.
                                  The wire can be untied in a hurry if there is an emergency.

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                                  • #37
                                    Wow! Very nice, and you should be so proud! Wish I had your organizational skills around here for a re-design...

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                                    • #38
                                      Lovely job Houdini! Very well planned out and not a bit of wasted space. You're little walkaround area around the barn can also serve as a mini paddock paradise to give them the occasional change of scenery.

                                      Makes me feel like I've really wasted a lot of space on my 3 ac., as I still haven't figured out where to put a ring.
                                      Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                                      Witherun Farm
                                      http://witherun-farm.blogspot.com/

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                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                                        Not necessarily, that just makes it harder for the humans, if a horse is hung in a gate, to get it off.

                                        We add a baling wire around the upper pin and hinge, so a horse can't push the gate off the hinges by pushing on the gate or picking it up with it's head in the gate or a knee on a lower pipe.

                                        Nothing is foolproof around horses, but we have been glad the gate could be lifted in a hurry when needed.
                                        The wire can be untied in a hurry if there is an emergency.
                                        I've never heard this recommendation before and it makes perfect sense!! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

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                                        • #40
                                          Why not add no climb fencing to the gate, rough ends away from horse. Then no heads, legs can get horse hung up in gate? With so few gates it's not a big cost.

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