Build a horse barn
This barn was one of my favorites even though it was only for two horses.It could easily be made larger or into three horse stalls. The total size was 24' wide and 48' long. The layout was quite simple with two 12'x12' stalls, a 12'x12' feed room and a 12'x24' tack room/workshop that ran across the entire east end. The feed room could have been a third stall with plenty of room in the tack room for feed and hay. At the time, I was more interested in having some extra storage room and a workshop.
The alleyway was 12'x36' and there was a 12'x12' washrack of poured concrete just in front of where I'm standing in the picture below. There were 2 outdoor ceiling fans in the alleyway and one in each stall.
I decided I wanted a half-wall along the aisle to give me a place to store grooming tools and to keep the rain and wind from blowing in too much. I gave it two exits. The one on the long side was directly in line with the gate into the pasture. At this point, the fence wasn't built. The opening to the washrack where I'm standing below is 6' wide so there was plenty of room to lead a horse out and not feel crowded.
Here's one of my most important tips if you're going to build a barn: Bring in fill dirt and elevate it. Building a barn flat on the ground is an invitation for wet stalls. Wet stalls equals hoof problems at the very least and possibly health issues from mold and dampness.
|Here's the barn not quite finished.|
This barn was built from scratch from an idea I had. I chose the layout and size first. Then decided I wanted it to match my house, so I put gray vinyl siding on it. The inside of the stalls were made with decking boards. That was my builder's idea. I fought it at first because I'd never heard of such a thing and he had never built a barn. But you know what? They were great. No rough edges and we left small gaps (like 1/4") between each board for air circulation.
|And here it is finished and the pasture fence is built too.|
|This is a view from inside the barn looking west. The two stall doors opened next to each other. The bars on the stall fronts, windows, and between the stalls are pre-fabbed aluminum. I also installed aluminum angle pieces along any wood ledges to keep the horses from chewing on the wood. Yup, there were plenty of teeth marks on the metal, but no damage.|
The siding on the inside of the alleyway is T-111. Rather than paint, I used an opaque stain that matched quite well with the paint. The stall doors were ordered from the same company I got the aluminum bar panels from. The doors into the feed and tack rooms were made from plywood - you can see them in the picture below. We did a decorative 'X' on the bottoms to match the stall doors.
|This is a view looking at the west end. The
stall windows are on the north and west ends. There's even a
horse tied up on the washrack! (CJ Sharp Chuter - aka 'Cosmo')
The first door on the left is 4' wide and goes into the 12'x12' feed room. The extra-wide door made it easy to take in feed and hay.
The second door goes into the 12'x24' tack room. It was big enough to double as a workshop and storage area. Tack , horse blankets, and supplies only took up about a third of the space.
The driveway was along the north side of the barn and ran along the property line. The barn was build about 20' from the north property line. This setup made it easy to bring in feed, hay and a horse trailer. There was a gate at the west end of the driveway for security - just in case one of my little darlings got loose.
Below is an example of a small barn I built many years ago. I just needed a few extra stalls near a large pasture. This is a shedrow style pole barn with simple framing and no trusses. A friend came to help me and we had it done in a couple of weekends. It's not real pretty, but it sure worked great and was very sturdy and safe.
The stalls were 12'x12' and the stall doors are 4' wide and 5' tall. There are three stalls with the last one opening into a covered area that's all open into a nice large run. The end stall, on the left, had a door on the side that opened into that run. I built it specifically for a broodmare who had allergies to the grass in the summer that gave her breathing problems. She needed to be kept out of the pasture for all but a couple hours a day. But since she had a baby every year, she needed a large run off her stall so the baby could play.
I poured small concrete pads under the stall doors about 2' wide and the width of the door. These prevented my horses from laying down and sticking a leg under the door. A leg under the door can result in a nasty, nasty accident. And of course, I put an old horseshoe in each pad. My son thinks I'm a bit obsessed with putting horseshoes in concrete... but hey, I always have plenty around and they're good luck!