2 Things To Think About When Setting Up Your First Horse Barn

24 March 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you are going to get a horse, you are going to need to have somewhere safe to put them. That means that you are going to have to set up a horse barn. You want to make sure that you have everything set up before you bring your horse home so that they can feel like they have a safe place to be during the difficult transition to their new home. While you may make some improvements after you bring your horse home and find what works better, there are some basics that you need to have from the first. 

Manure Management

Horses can generate a lot of manure. You are going to be shoveling a lot of it and a lot of straw from the first day you get them. That means that you are going to want to make sure that you have a way to manage that manure easily. That means having a manure pile, but more than that, it means that you are going to need to be able to get that manure to the pile easily. That means that you need to have aisles that are wide enough for a wheelbarrow to fit through, as well as a path that is as straight a shot to the pile as possible. 

Feed/Straw/Water Access

Manure isn't the only thing that you are going to be hauling a lot of. You are also going to have to haul a lot of feed and water to keep your horse healthy and straw for their stall. You want to make sure that's close to your horse's stall so that you aren't hauling that stuff from a long way away. You can work smarter, not harder, by making sure that you have a feed room that is in the center of your barn. That will make sure that you don't have as far to go to feed and water your horse, but it will also make sure that the feed doesn't get ruined by the weather. And because you already set up aisles that are wide enough for a wheelbarrow, you should have no problem with getting feed from the vehicle to the feed room when you buy new feed. 

If you are going to buy a horse, you want to make sure that you are ready from the beginning. You want to make sure that your horse is going to be safe and comfortable when they get to your house so that they can settle in well. To learn more about having an equestrian barn constructed on your property, contact a company like Post Frame Construction.