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Pastures and TurnoutsApproximately 1,000 square feet of turnout per horse, especially if using drylots Adequate shelter in all pastures to get out of sun and storm, whether it’s natural cover or manmade loafing sheds Heated automatic waterers (unless you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that doesn’t have winter!) Gates between pastures that are wide enough for tractors to pass through
BarnNumber of stalls to have
- Horses are happier and healthier when living outside, however, it’s key to have a couple of stalls in the case of injury, or even to just use when the farrier and/or vet comes
- Will there be runs off of each stall? If so, do you have enough space for this around the prospective building?
- Approximately one ton of grass hay requires 250-330 cubic feet of storage space
- The safest way to eliminate the risk of a fire in your barn is keeping the hay in an entirely separate building.
- How many saddles do you own?
- Are you planning on having boarders that can use the tack room for their own personal items?
- Heated tack rooms provide refuge on cold winter days when the rest of the barn isn’t heated.
- Plumbing for a restroom and/or laundry area?
- Indoor or outdoor?
- Heated water is nice to have for bathing horses and cleaning other items in barn
- Attached viewing room?
Storage/Parking/Other Outdoor AreasAbility to pull in, turn around, and park a horse trailer with enough room to safely load and unload animals Manure storage?
- Not as necessary if horses are living outdoors; could have a small space for dumping manure whenever barn interior is cleaned
- Build your own manure composting bin
- Low-dust, good-footing ground material
- sand/clay mix with small amount of organic filler
- Three-rail fence surround
- Gates wide enough for tractor (with drag) to come through