are some examples of the what is covered in the DVD, Your Horse Barn: Planning,
Designing, Building :
Your Horse Barn Built
of the first things you have to decide when planning a horse barn is who will
build it. Basically, you have four choices:
Buy a modular or pre-manufactured barn to be delivered and set up.
Hire someone to take charge of all or part of your barn project.
Act as your own contractor and hire the construction workers and tradesmen.
Build it yourself from scratch or from a modular barn package.
method you choose will depend on how soon you need the barn, how much time you
have to spend on the project, your budget, and the extent of your construction
ability and experience... read
Size and Number
the horses' dorm rooms inside your barn. When planning your barn, the main things
you need to decide about stalls are:
many stalls you need.
- How large the stalls need
- The type of floor the stalls will have.
to cover the walls with.
- What type and size of doors
of stalls you need depends on how many horses will require stabling at one time.
If your horses live mainly outdoors, read
you live in a winter climate, you might be thinking about heating the entire barn
or at least a room or two.
this question: "Is the barn primarily for my comfort or for my horse's health".
You may want to work in the barn in your shirtsleeves during the winter, but your
horses dress for winter in the fall and can't take off their coats till springtime.
Horses are generally more comfortable
- and much healthier - living either outside or in an unheated barn. as long as
they are protected from drafts. When it gets really cold, say below 0 degrees
F, it is healthier for a horse to wear a blanket and have plenty of fresh air
than to close the barn up tight and blast him with a heater.
a horse does require additional warmth, say because of sickness or injury or to
dry off, an infrared or radiant heater or a well-protected heat lamp can be used
to warm the animal without heating the entire barn.
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