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Let your Horses Feel at Home: Horse Barns Variety

BarnsFor a lot of people horses are indeed the best friends, so they should live in a place where their safety, health and comfort are guaranteed. To ensure this careful planning and sensible design of horse barns are recommended. The following information is intended to help you in the process of barn construction.

Tips for Successful Barn Construction

  • Assess the number of horses you plan to house. Decide whether horses of different sizes and breeds will live in one barn or you’ll construct separate barns.
  • Plan where you will store horse feed and horse tack.
  • Foresee where you will groom your horses.
  • Decide if you want to have a lounge for yourself to have a possibility to rest and watch your horses.
  • Arrange a detailed barn plan made for you. Think over your future barn’s interior and exterior.
  • Select the best site for your future horse barn. Pay special attention to such factors as groundwater access, wind direction, waste removal, approach road, etc. Don’t let your barn spoil the view of your whole property.
  • Calculate your possible expenses connected with construction and match them with your financial capacities. Besides, add to this cost additional amount of money (10-15%) for unplanned needs, because you can never be sure of the total sum.
  • Approve your project with local authorities and get permission for construction.

Meaningful planning will take some time but simultaneously it will certainly save you a lot of money. Combine low costs with high quality and you won’t regret the results.

Barns Materials

There are lots of materials for barn construction available on the market. Among the most widely used are:

  • Wood –barns have a very attractive outlook. The only disadvantage is the high cost of maintenance.
  • Steel – barns are very stable, lasting, and fire-proof. The cost of maintenance is rather low. There is a possibility to decorate exterior walls with textured panel materials.
  • Combination of wood and steel – both attractive and stable, but require resealing every 1-2 years.
  • Plastic – barns do not require painting, sealing, sanding or staining. Low cost of maintenance due to its resistance to rotting.
  • Metal – low cost but weak strength.
  • Concrete – strong but expensive and inflexible.

Horse Barns

Horse Barns Types

There are different styles of barn construction designed to suit needs and requirements of horse owners. The choice of a perfect barn is determined by location, amount of money you are going to spend on it, design and other factors.

  • RCA (Raised Center Aisle) Barn – the most popular model with a two-tiered roof and strict architectural lines. This type of barn guarantees that your horses are under solid protection. Moreover, if the space is used reasonably, your horses will be able to communicate easily across the aisles. Your animals will like the intensity of light and air circulation.
  • Shedrow Barn – a long narrow flexible construction. It has different modifications (L-shapes, U-shapes and others). Its major advantage is the possibility of all animals turnout from one side.
  • Gable Barn – a money-saving option with one roof line. Breezeway doors are a perfect supplement for this type. This construction allows air circulation in summer and keeps warmth in winter.
  • Back-to-Back Barn – the most economically sensible option perfect for small spaces. It contains many stalls, which share a back wall.

As you see horse barns can be of various makes and models and your choice should be determined by several of important factors. Weigh them carefully and create the best home for your horses.


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