Horse Barn Arenas, Bedding, Décor, Specialized Areas, Storage and Structures

Arenas, Bedding, Décor, Specialized Areas, Storage and Structures

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Topic – Arenas – An Introduction

An arena is where horses are worked and trained.  They come in two basic kinds: covered and uncovered.   This subject is mostly images of arenas I have seen in my travels.  Some are majestic and some are bare bones.  There is something that can be learned from each...

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Topic – Arenas – Covered

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Covered arenas are made to shelter the horse and rider from weather and strong sunlight.  They can be built with 4 enclosing walls, with one side permanently open with a half wall, with sides or half walls that can open and close...

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Topic – Arenas – Uncovered

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Uncovered arenas are easier to build and less expensive.  Their use in harsh climates is limited.  The footing material and how it is constructed is the elaborate and costly part.  Good drainage is imperative and is often...

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Topic – Barn Bedding – An Introduction

Horses are bedded in stalls on different materials and with different styles.   Which type and style of bedding used is dependent on price, availability purpose and the whim of the owner.  This sounds like picking a bed for ourselves even though we, and our horses and...

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Topic – Barn Bedding – Paper And Cardboard

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Paper used for bedding has been around for a while and if you think about it, paper and cardboard are processed wood.  There are several types of shredded newspaper and chopped cardboard. **CONTINUED IN ARTICLE TAB** Related...

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Topic – Barn Bedding – Straw

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Straw is the collection and baling of the stems of a grain crop left over after the grain has been harvested.  Wheat is the most common straw used for bedding but oats, rye and barley are also used. **CONTINUED IN ARTICLE TAB**...

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Topic – Barn Bedding – Styles

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Everyone seems to have a different way they add, distribute and clean the bedding of the stalls.  I believe there are only a few rules.  The first is to remove all waste material.  In other words if you are going to spend time and...

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Topic – Barn Bedding – Unusual Materials

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There have been other materials used for bedding horses with some being new ideas and other fairly old.  The ones I have seen are flax, hemp, peat moss and shredded bark.  I don’t have enough experience with any of these to comment...

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Topic – Barn Bedding – Wood

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Wood bedding comes in many materials and forms.  The most common woods used are the soft woods representing the coniferous trees (pines) while the least common are the hardwoods representing the deciduous trees (maple, walnut,...

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Topic – Barn Décor – An Introduction

Horse barns and farms take on an individual flavor and uniqueness brought on by the décor (decorations) applied.  Some are small and some very large.  This is a place to enjoy and get ideas from for your farm. Grab your coffee (or wine / beer) and settle in. Use the...

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Topic – Barn Décor – Images

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Décor are the individual touches people add to the barn to make it their own. This one is fun – enjoy! Related material – Sometimes I have a lot of material here that I have written, podcasted, video blogs and other things. ...

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Topic – Barn Specialized Areas – An Introduction

The topics covered here are the unique areas on farms made for a specific purpose (farrier station, vet lab, tack rooms, turn out sheds).  The images here are the ones I see the most on farms. Use the browser back button or menu to return to the index of topics. Back...

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Topic – Barn Specialized Areas – Feed Rooms

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Feed rooms are specialized areas within the barn used for preparing the food delivered to the horses.  It often doubles as storage for food but here, the article and images are about organization and preparation. **CONTINUED IN...

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Topic – Barn Specialized Areas – Laundry Rooms

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Laundry rooms are often seen in barns where horse hair can be kept from the clothes people wear.  Washing horse blankets requires a heavy duty machine.  Where there are a lot of horses using leg wraps, saddle pads and blankets,...

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Topic – Barn Specialized Areas – Professional Working Areas

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Areas dedicated for use by visiting professionals are found in large barns where their activity can be separated from the day to day activities of grooming or the movement of horses in and out of the barn.  This helps efficiency...

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Topic – Barn Specialized Areas – Sheds And Turnouts

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The ability for a horse to live outside is accomplished on many farms by providing structures that allow for free entrance and exit at any time for the horses.  These structures provide protection from the weather including rain,...

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Topic – Barn Specialized Areas – Tack Rooms

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material If you ride your horses you will need a place to keep your saddle, bridle and cleaning supplies.  This room should be organized and kept clean.  This said, I have seen plenty of owners who work out of a trunk or the back of their...

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Topic – Barn Storage – An Introduction

There never is enough storage on a farm. Storage areas are needed to protect equipment and supplies.  Here are some I have come across.  Most are standard and represent the concept but some are fairly unique in the way they are made. Use the browser back button or...

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Topic – Barn Storage – Barn Loft

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Many barns utilize the space just below the roof and above the stalls (the loft) for storing things.  Where the temperatures are moderate, lofts are usually large with room for large amounts of hay.  Where the temperatures are very...

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Topic – Barn Storage – Equipment And Trailer

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material A place to keep equipment and trailers from exposure to weather is necessary on any farm.  This protection from the elements will extend the working life and your investment in these things will be extended in time.  Just as...

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Topic – Barn Storage – Feed And Bedding

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Storing food and bedding should give protection from weather and be efficient to access for use.  These things are accessed daily and have turnover on a consistent basis.  They also create a lot of dust and dirt so this access...

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Topic – Barn Structures – An Introduction

There are about 20 different topics in this subject and each is a specific structural part of the barn (stalls, roof, etc).  Barn architects will enjoy this but there is one important topic every horse owner should look at.  It is “sandwich boards.”   Look at these...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Casting Rails

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material A horse becomes cast when they lie down next to a wall with their legs facing away from that wall then they roll over onto their backs and continue that roll until their legs now face that wall (they roll over). Instead of having...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Ceilings

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Most horse stalls have no ceilings but there are some barns with lofts above which create them.  Here are some examples of ceilings from simple to ornate. Related material – Sometimes I have a lot of material here that I have...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Condo Stalls

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Some farms build individual stalls with their own floor and roof.  These are placed anywhere on the farm and are not attached to a turn out, paddock or field.  They are found on driveways and outside along the wall of arenas.  I...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Damaged Barns

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Weather and elements can damage barns.  So can horses.  These images will show some of these.  Protective trim may help against horses that chew.  A better structure will help against snow loads.  Plan ahead to prevent repairs....

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Topic – Barn Structures – Exterior Views

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material This gallery is to help you with ideas for your architect.  Bits and pieces from all of these can be applied to the development of your barn structure.  You will see the details in some of the other topics in this chapter. There...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Flooring

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Most floors of barns are either dirt or a simple concrete slab.  Some barns have more elegant floors or built in features to help you and your horse.  This gallery has them all. **CONTINUED IN ARTICLE TAB** Related material –...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Footings And Foundations

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material I am not an engineer or architect but I do know that if the barn is not a pole barn (structure is attached to poles set in the ground) then it is sitting on top of a footing or foundation.  This adds complexity and expense and so...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Gates, Doors, And Windows

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The variety of these structures on horse farms is large.  Here are some images from simple to hand made to ornate.  All do the job.  Whatever you choose to use, remember to keep safety a priority followed by common sense and ease...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Interiors And Stall Views

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Grab your coffee or wine / beer and your notepad for this one.  I have included so many images in this gallery because there are infinite combinations and designs.  Safety first followed by efficiency, practicality and common...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Kick Mats

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Some horses like to kick when in their stalls.  If behavior modification or horse relocation is not an option then adding cushioning to the direct kick to the wall becomes necessary to prevent injury to the horse.  Yes they can...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Protective Trim

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Horses often use their teeth to chew on the barn (this is called pica) and protective trim helps to prevent damage.  However I have also seen horses destroy this trim leaving very sharp edges exposed to cut the horse.  Maintenance...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Retaining Walls

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material When a structure is built into a hill then there needs to be a retaining wall. This prevents the hill that was cut into from moving down into the structure causing damage.  An engineer is needed for this.  Old barns (horse and...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Roof Gutters (Eavestroughs)

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Rain falls and when it does on any roof, all of it rolls down to the edge and accumulates in a volume equal to the area of the roof.  There is that math again.  But you can see this and can appreciate it when all of this water is...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Roof Structure Details

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material This gallery has images of details from a variety of barn roof structures.  Some are functional and some are aesthetic.  Some are architectural wonders and complex and some are basic.  Some are good for snow loads and hurricanes...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Slip Stalls

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material It is rare to find slip stalls, at least in my travels.  These are usually temporary standing stalls for ponies and horses that will be used throughout the day.  At night they are usually turned out or placed in a full stall....

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Topic – Barn Structures – Stall Doors And Latches

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There are so many varieties but I might be able to categorize stall doors into groups: swinging in, swinging out and sliding.  All have advantages and disadvantages.  Latches are too numerous but again fall into two camps for me:...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Stall Floor Dividers

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Bedding often slips out from the stall under the stall door and into the aisle making a mess.  One simple solution is to place a board across the front of the stall to act as a lip.  This stall floor divider can be removable if you...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Stall Wall Sandwich Boards

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Stall walls made of plank boards stacked on edge inside a channel make a quick set up for stalls.  They also provide an easy way to take the wall down to double the size of a stall.  A sandwich board ties these boards together...

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Topic – Barn Structures – Stall Walls

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The images in this gallery will demonstrate the variety of designs and materials.  There are a few principles to stall walls.  They must be durable so that a kicking horse will not punch a hole through it with a kick.  This said I...

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Topic – Behavior – Barn Damage

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Welcome to this topic page.  Right now I have not written an article and summary but be sure to check for images in the gallery. As time moves on I am adding summaries and articles, videos and podcasts so eventually there will be...

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