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Finally broke ground on our new barn!

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  • Finally broke ground on our new barn!

    Just really excited, so I had to share. My boyfriend and I bought a small, old house on 8.5 acres this past winter. We had made plans to build a small 24' x 32' 2-stall barn for my horse and another horse we plan to get.

    Well...the shell is finally starting to go up! It finally is starting to look like something, lol. I really can't wait until we can bring my Vinnie home next spring! My boyfriend and his friend have been working hard on it, and it's finally coming along.

    I'm just so excited I had to share with CoTH!

    Pictures:

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    <3 Vinnie <3
    1992-2010
    Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred

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    How exciting to see it begin to take shape - and in a lovely setting.

    Nice to see the dogs helping in the last photo.

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    • #3
      How exciting!!!!
      Love your bf's work crew!
      You jump in the saddle,
      Hold onto the bridle!
      Jump in the line!
      ...Belefonte

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      • #4
        ENVY you for the ground up build! I'm sharing your excitement, as my first one too, has just been completed, but it was in an existing outbuilding, and therefore, has its adjustments! But I DO feel your excitement in finally (!) having and building your very own!

        (I agree, your BF's work crew is sooo cute!) have a ball, looks like you have a very beautiful spot, and a nice barn going up!
        ayrabz
        "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
        --Jimmy Buffett

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        • #5
          Congrats! I can't wait to see the finished product.

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            #6
            Thanks!! Our dogs have been more problems that helpful (constantly getting their football stuck in the footers!), lol, but they are loving being outside all day while the barn gets worked on.

            Will continue taking pictures as it comes along!
            <3 Vinnie <3
            1992-2010
            Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred

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            • #7
              Congrats!! Sounds like a perfect set up. 8.5 acres, a small house and a nice new barn.. Your boyfriend sounds like a real gem too!
              MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"
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              • #8
                Pretty place, deserves a neat barn.

                Looks like all of you, two and four legged, are having a grand time building your barn.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Huntertwo View Post
                  Congrats!! Sounds like a perfect set up. 8.5 acres, a small house and a nice new barn.. Your boyfriend sounds like a real gem too!
                  Haha yeah...he's definitely a keeper. We met when we both worked full time on a horse farm; he was the Farm Operations Manager, I was the Barn manager. He's always at least liked horses, but he never really wanted much to do with riding until we bought this place....now he wants to go trail riding with me! My 17 y/o TB Vinnie had to be semi-retired this fall (knee issues came back), so I plan on getting a younger event prospect & he will have a new trail buddy w/ Vinnie, lol.

                  <3 Vinnie <3
                  1992-2010
                  Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred

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                  • #10
                    Oh you lucky lady! He can run a farm, build a barn AND wants to ride????
                    You jump in the saddle,
                    Hold onto the bridle!
                    Jump in the line!
                    ...Belefonte

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                    • #11
                      Congrats. We broke ground for ours yesterday, too. So far, we have put in all the holes for the upright supports and have over half the supports into the ground. Going to go out and finish putting those in after a few more minutes of a break.

                      I am WORN OUT. But it is a good and much needed distraction for me right now!
                      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

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                        Oh you lucky lady! He can run a farm, build a barn AND wants to ride????
                        Haha, yeah! When I first met him, his way of "flirting" was coming to the barn I worked at and offering to help clean stalls. Lol, I knew then he was a keeper!

                        cowgirljen, congrats on your barn as well! How big is yours going to be?
                        <3 Vinnie <3
                        1992-2010
                        Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BoysNightOut View Post
                          cowgirljen, congrats on your barn as well! How big is yours going to be?
                          Ours is 36 x 48 - 7 stalls, 12 foot barn aisle, and a tack/feed room.

                          We built a very similar barn a little under a year ago after Hurricane Ike knocked down our old one. Then my husband got a new job and we moved. I'm hoping this is the last one we build for a while. All uprights are in, some of them are cemented in, and then it rained and rained so work will be postponed until it dries up a bit. I feel bad for my poor horses who have no place dry to go until the barn is done!
                          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

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                          • #14
                            How exciting!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                              Oh you lucky lady! He can run a farm, build a barn AND wants to ride????
                              And he's cute, too.
                              Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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                              • #16
                                Must ask

                                Why didnt you prepare the building site BEFORE building--ie drainage for stalls/lifted up off damp ground ect--isnt it about impossible to do this with the barn constructed over the un-prepped floor?

                                We're currently engineering the building site for our future barn so it can settle over the winter--but its coldcoldcold and wet here--maybe you live in a dry place?
                                klr

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                                • #17
                                  I think we used the same barn plans because I have the same pictures as you!
                                  http://gallery.impulz.net/barn

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                                    Originally posted by klr View Post
                                    Why didnt you prepare the building site BEFORE building--ie drainage for stalls/lifted up off damp ground ect--isnt it about impossible to do this with the barn constructed over the un-prepped floor?

                                    We're currently engineering the building site for our future barn so it can settle over the winter--but its coldcoldcold and wet here--maybe you live in a dry place?
                                    klr
                                    It has not been very rainy here this fall, and the site is on the top of our hill, and hardly gets really wet...it all drains down.

                                    Our fill is coming next week for the floor. My boyfriend has been planning everything out all summer, and since he's pretty experienced in this type of thing...I trust his judgment. He has everything mapped out as far as drainage for the stalls, etc. Between himself & his friend, they both know what they are doing.

                                    Great pictures tigger! What a beautiful barn! Can I ask you how long it took you guys to build it?

                                    I have this entire week off of work...just came in from outside, helping him work on the barn. I'm pretty tired, but the thought of Vinnie being home makes it all worth while!
                                    <3 Vinnie <3
                                    1992-2010
                                    Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by BoysNightOut View Post
                                      Our fill is coming next week for the floor. My boyfriend has been planning everything out all summer, and since he's pretty experienced in this type of thing...I trust his judgment. He has everything mapped out as far as drainage for the stalls, etc. Between himself & his friend, they both know what they are doing.
                                      I'll add that we're doing things the same way - AND this is how we did them for the barn we built last fall/winter, and it seemed to work well. Fortunately, there's more than one way to accomplish most things!
                                      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

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by cowgirljenn View Post
                                        I'll add that we're doing things the same way - AND this is how we did them for the barn we built last fall/winter, and it seemed to work well. Fortunately, there's more than one way to accomplish most things!
                                        Glad we aren't the only ones doing it this way..this is our first barn we're building. We spent months reading up, learning.

                                        You'll have to post pictures! I'm so sorry about the Hurricane...that must have been horrible! At least your horses will have some new digs to enjoy once you guys are finished! Let us know how the barn building goes!
                                        <3 Vinnie <3
                                        1992-2010
                                        Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred

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