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  • Whats your favorite part about your barn?

    We are renovating a barn and i was curious what cool things you love in your barn, or boarding barn. Also, what extra precautions have you gone through to keep your horse extra safe?
    Any suggestions are great!
    Why walk when you can ride?

  • #2
    The ladies at our co-op barn are adding a gazebo, with a table and chairs, so we have a place to relax for after-ride chats.
    T3DE 2010 Pact Group
    Barefoot Eventers Clique


    • #3
      there is always beer in our fridge : )


      • #4
        I think my favorite things are the bathroom with a shower, wash stall with heat lamps and racks for hanging wet blankets.
        wow.. I guess I'm sort of spoiled


        • #5
          I like its location (30 ft from back door) and the fact that it's mine (Although it would be nice if it had heated wash racks, or heat, or electricity, or water, or stalls. But it IS mine !


          • #6
            I like the wide aisles. My horse is leery about going into tight dark spaces. I also really like the heated room for drying wet coolers. What I like the most are the nice people and zen atmosphere, and that is hard to recreate!


            • #7
              my barn was built especially for my family. i love it. my favorite things about it are: a washer and dryer, a large utility sink in the tack room, insulated stalls, ample wash rack space, and plenty of storage room.


              • #8
                It's well lit, cozy in the winter and cool in the summer.

                It's also not a huge barn, and the BO/Trainer has a zero tolerance policy on drama, so it makes for a nice environment.
                "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."


                • #9
                  mt brand new tack room, is my favorite part. but we just underwent a major renovation thanks to our local amish barn builders so the exterior, roof, windows and doors are all new as well. we didn't have the $$ to renovate the stalls but that is in the works for next summer. the tack room is all pine and smells wonderful. i have all my blankets stacked in rubbermaid tubs and the feed is in metal trash cans. plenty of saddle racks and bridle hooks are helpful too. also, the floor is concrete with rubber mats and all weather carpet. so it cleans up easily, and stays clean easy.


                  • #10
                    I think about safety and convenience things. One of the things I have experienced at other boarding places is the huge sliding barn doors that get frozen shut (or frozen open) or are just a struggle to close when it's windy. My current barn has "garage door" style barn doors. They actually have automatic openers on them too. SOOOO handy when you are holding a horse and have to open the door--just press the button. Nothing to get off track or bent by the wind.

                    One other thing I have seen at another barn is those wheels for the bottom of the big pasture gates. Again, when you are holding a horse (and have others milling around) there is nothing worse than a gate that flys open unless you are holding it (while trying to hold onto your horse). The wheel thing makes it so you can stop the gate at a mid-point (enough to get a horse through) but you still have 2 hands to work with. It's isn't a "design" idea for you--but still worth mentioning.


                    • #11
                      I am moving to a new barn December 1st, and what I like about the new barn is she has hooks all along two rooms to hang blankets. Living in the midwest, both of my horses have several different weight clothing, as well as "trade ins" to trade out so I can wash/repair. I thought this was a brilliant idea, as I usually store them in the trunk of my car.


                      • #12
                        Heat lamps in the wash stall - and warm water. A feed room separate from the tack room with a sink with warm and cold water. Good places to hang wet muddy blankets so they can dry. Shelving next to the cross ties for grooming equipment and towels. A big medicine cabinet, with lots of shelves and room for bandages, meds, towels, hoof-packing, etc. Lots of storage for galloping boots, wraps, polos, etc.

                        And a row of kind furry faces hanging over stall doors to say good morning and isn't it time for breakfast.


                        • #13
                          It is 600 feet from my house.

                          My horses can come in and go out as they please.

                          I have the daily chores engineered to take about 20-30 minutes, tops.

                          Automatic waterer: no hoses or buckets to touch, EVER.

                          Instant-on hot water heater.

                          Not having to share the tack room with anyone. 192 square feet, ALL MINE!

                          Mowing the pastures = therapy.
                          Click here before you buy.


                          • #14
                            Extra wide center aisle...big enough for vet or farrier to drive their truck in, in bad weather.

                            Partitions between the stalls that are channel-set 2" oak. Make for 12X12 stalls which can be converted to 12X24 (or even 12X48) for foaling or lay-up stalls.

                            One side of the barn has a roofline high enough to accomodate ceiling fans, which is nice for circulating air without creating a big draft.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by K. View Post
                              I think my favorite things are the bathroom with a shower, wash stall with heat lamps and racks for hanging wet blankets.
                              wow.. I guess I'm sort of spoiled
                              If I could pick one thing to add to the current barn, it would be a shower in the bathroom. I can't go straight from the barn to anything else; have to go home and shower first, which is annoying.
                              You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                              1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                              • #16
                                1. It's a 1 minute walk from my kitchen.
                                2. the sound of my horses eating hay when they're all inside during bad weather and I turn off the lights to go back to said kitchen .
                                3. the barn aisle is always cleaner than my kitchen floor...sweep, sweep, sweep...
                                ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by quietann View Post
                                  I can't go straight from the barn to anything else; have to go home and shower first, which is annoying.

                                  Maybe I'm just strange, but unless it's something super important, I really get a kick out of going grocery shopping, etc. in my dirty riding gear (after I ride). I love the smell of horses and leather, plus, everyone just conveniently moves out of the line I'm in . It's like having a SunPass for Walmart checkout lines.

                                  And in the barn I board at there is a NO drama policy which is fantastic, and there is also a huge oak tree with a table that wraps around it with benches. Whenever my friends and I are done riding nothing beats taking a cool glass of water, maybe an apple, and sitting on the bench and talking while the horses graze on lead lines.
                                  You're trying to do something normal people wouldn't do because they're terrified they might fail. -Boyd Martin


                                  • #18
                                    favourite part?

                                    its at home! although we don't have the luxury of an indoor (yet!!) like others have said its 500' from the front door, and we built it ourselves, all the padock fencing, and 4 stall barn, converted from a horrible greenhouse storage barn! the aisle is 14' wide, and the stalls 10'x14' (the ridge beam & posts were already at 14'), we laid the aisle floor with stunning interlock brick, which is really easy to sweep, and looks smart & clean. the stalls were made from kits (system fence) and even if i "toot my own horn" we did an excellent job they look new, and work great. i always sit and listen to the horses munching peacefully, and can't believe we did it all ourselves.


                                    • #19
                                      number one is the people - some of us have been together 19 years!

                                      second - it backs up to 1100 acres of open space that is horse friendly.

                                      we also keep beer in the frig.

                                      bathroom, heated tack room, better ring footing (it's grass)
                                      the above would be fixed if I owned it but alas, I lease - probably couldn't afford it if it or something similar in our fantastic school district were for sale so I'm not complaining.


                                      • #20
                                        Well, once you get past it's mine and the turnout, I love that I have all these big and odd sized stalls built in my bank barn (we were going with the structures and support beams)--my little stall is 10 x 14, and my big stalls are 16 x 20.