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  • Things to have in the barn?

    My barn is now completed! The ponies moved in tonight, and I have all the bare basics, I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for things I should put on the "to buy" list? Any and every suggestion is much appreciated So far my friend has suggested a clock, thermometer, and radio.

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    Advil. B of B Eventing Calendar. Small microwave. Small refrig.
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    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by tcgelec View Post
      Advil. B of B Eventing Calendar. Small microwave. Small refrig.
      it has a fully equipped kitchen! with an apartment theres just no furniture yet! advils a good idea, thats going on the list!


      • #4
        and umm do you have something to hook your tack cleaning hook up to?
        and your tack room looks SOO cute btw.
        just 8 more days!!! =)


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by Liebe-ist-Krieg View Post
          and umm do you have something to hook your tack cleaning hook up to?
          and your tack room looks SOO cute btw.
          just 8 more days!!! =)
          yes bahaha i strung it down from the loft so its dangling in the wash stall
          annnd yes all its messy cuteness!
          eight more days! if tehres no furniture we'll get sleeping bags!! haha


          • #6
            Fire extinguishers inside the tackroom, by the tackroom door, and at both ends of the barn aisle, preferably near an exterior door for easy access. Additionally, one inside the apartment and by the apartment door leading into the barn (if that's how you access apartment).
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            • #7
              speaking of prudent suggestions (thanks to the above poster )
              idk where your outlets are, but i hope you have a ton, with those little cover thingies on them... get like at least 2 flashlights that you can plug up near the doors, with the little light squares on them so you can find them in the dark.
              ha you rigged it like i did! i'm so proud.
              and i know this is not correct safety wise, but i love having my nail with the knife i can hang on it near the shavings and hay. at least put one in the hay loft.
              get lots of knives and scissors lol. they run away.
              ooooooo you should buy a horse first aid kit.. or do you already have one?


              • #8
                Extra gloves tucked here and there (near the hay, near the pitchforks/shovels)
                Some basic tools that you can reach easily: shovel, hammer, crowbar, hatchet
                Dry erase board and/or bulletin board

                Have fun!
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                • #9
                  The Not-so-fun stuff...

                  A LARGE PRINT listing of emergency phone numbers {Ours has large animal vet, small animal vet and (sadly) the rendering company}

                  Extension cords

                  Spare keys to truck and trailer if you're the type to lose/forget/lock yours in somewhere. (Shh, we keep ours in a ziplock bag up in the rafters).


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                    Originally posted by glfprncs View Post
                    Fire extinguishers inside the tackroom, by the tackroom door, and at both ends of the barn aisle, preferably near an exterior door for easy access. Additionally, one inside the apartment and by the apartment door leading into the barn (if that's how you access apartment).
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                    • #11
                      Multiple pairs of scissors with BRIGHT color handles hanging in several locations. It never fails....I have a bale o'hay, need to cut strings and CAN'T FIND THE DAGGUM Scissors because someone didn't put them back where they belong ....and now they're probably lost in the hay barn.

                      An extra wall cellphone charger, because (naturally) your phone dies when you're at the barn.

                      Flexible Tubs AKA Tub Trugs - I have five of these babies and adore them! http://www.horse.com/Tubtrug-Flexible-Tub-BSA70.html They've been flung, driven over, stepped on and otherwise abused without a crack or split, even in the cold.

                      Lastly, a Rubbermaid Farm Tough Cart http://supplyhero.com/Search.0.9.htm...ext=rcp5642gra - I use that puppy everyday for everything. Pushes, pulls, turns a 360 on a dime and can all be done with one hand if/when needed.
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                      • #12
                        I wouldn't be without:

                        Stepladder - invaluable for getting to things just out of reach

                        Spare house key - for when I lock myself out, or petsitter needs to get in for housecat

                        Flashlight - for times power is out and feeding in the dark is just too much fun

                        Basic toolbox with claw hammer, screwdriver with interchangeable heads, visegrip pliers, wire cutter, small hacksaw, assortment of nails, screws &
                        DUCT TAPE!!!!!

                        Basic First aid box for horses & you - Triple Antibiotic ointment, gauze squares, vetwrap, bandaids, thermometer, etcetera

                        Amen to the radio - I keep up with news as I do chores, Saturday evenings are reserved for Prairie Home Companion

                        Extendable-handled microfibery duster thingy - great for cobwebbing and keeping stall grills clean

                        Small fridge is great not only for keeping meds cool but stashing drinks for me & visiting farrier or vet in hot weather (I get tired of drinking from the hose)
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                        • #13
                          Small Refrigerator - get some cold packs from your vet - put some in refrig and some in freezer for human and equine injuries

                          Fire Extinguisher


                          First Aid Kits - human and equine

                          Flash Lights

                          Duct Tape, Scissors, hammer - if these can't fix the problem, then throw it out and start over.

                          Bucket heater - even if you have a hot water heater

                          Blanket racks - you can never have too many.

                          And finally, if you are going to have anyone in your barn for any reason, put up the Equine Liability Warning for your state. It won't stop them from suing you, but it makes people more aware of where they are and what they do around horses.


                          • #14
                            Either an intercom or TV cameras to keep an eye and/or ear on what's going on in the barn. I'd be lost without my intercom as my one horse has decided at 3 AM that it's time to start to get a case of gas colic. He's also done it to me 10 minutes after I left the barn from doing the post dinner but not late night check. If I hadn't heard him over the intercom I'd have never caught it early. Also, intercom should be in or very near EACH room you frequent. I have a reciever in the bedroom, LR/DR area and family room. \

                            A suggestion for the driveway leading to the barn and/or the house is a driveway alert that lets you know if a METAL vehicle has passed the sensor. Forget the motion detector sensors as dogs, deer, etc will set it off.

                            I don't know where you are located but your tackroom and FEED room should have both heat and AC. AC especially if you are south of the Mason Dixon line and heat if north of it. I emphasize FEED room because if it's a hot muggy summer, your feed could spoil. I'm in the NE so while I don't do AC in the feed room, I do have a window and a ceiling fan to keep air flowing.

                            Along the lines of equine liability from the above poster, you probably should consider an Equine Liability Insurance policy if you plan on ever having anyone else come and ride at your farm. If an accident happens, even though they may not sue for any injuries, you can be certain that their health insurance firm will to cover any costs that they have received.

                            Good luck and enjoy your new barn/farm.

                            I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                            • #15
                              A bucket dedicated to fence/stall repair supplies. Hammer, pliers, nail puller, nails, insulaters, wire, string, duct tape. WD40, gloves, and glue.

                              A head-lamp type of flash light.

                              Digging iron, heavy hammer and sledge.

                              Hair dryer (for frozen sigots).

                              A couple of heat lamps with appropriate extension cords.
                              "Where knowledge ends violence begins." B. Ljundquist


                              • #16
                                Scale! Doesn't have to be fancy. We have a cheapo fish scale from Wallmart that does the job.


                                • #17
                                  Bolt cutters located near the pasture door, for emergencies such as for cutting wire fences, cross-ties, etc.

                                  WIND UP or SHAKE UP flashlights and radio, which will operate without batteries.

                                  LED head lamp.

                                  Small stash of emergency cash in mouse-proof container.

                                  With thermometer, a list of normal ranges of pulse, respiration rate and temperature for equines (dogs and cats, too).
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                                  • #18
                                    We cut off about 2 feet from an old hose and used an adapter to fasten it to the end of our waterhose. The adapter has an on-off valve and it really makes sticking the hose thru the bars to fill up the water buckets easy.


                                    • #19
                                      Extra screw eyes and double ended snaps.
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                                      • #20
                                        Are you somewhere that it snows? If so, get a sled for taking hay out to pastures. Ours is from Fleet Farm and it's for dragging deer out of the woods. We stacked 5 bales of hay on it Saturday. Best $30 I ever spent!
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