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just a fun question -
so i'm sure most of you guys (like myself) have been designing the perfect barn you hope to one day own :P
i've come up with a few ideas for myself, but i'm curious about what others think, so what kind of features are must haves for your dream barn? certain type of stalls? how many arenas? etc etc. any details you can think of, it can be as practical or as luxurious as you want.
to get it started, some of my key features include:
a heated indoor arena fully equipped with fancy jumps and obstacles for ground games, and with a viewing lounge with very comfy, overstuffed chairs
a sand ring and grass ring (and maybe even a covered arena for when it is raining, but the temperature is nice)
oversized stalls (i'm thinking 24' x 15')
large paddocks for herd style turnout (weather permitting of course)
a round pen is a must
and i love love love those white pvc fences
my dream barn is 12 over sized stalls half with in and out back doors into connected individual paddocks with gates so they can have paddock mates
a few wash and foaling stalls with a surveillance system
a few paddocks for multiple horse turnout.
2 outdoor arenas one sand one a covered grass
a 200x200 indoor with a divider for multiple groups or private lessons that has all the fixings for whatever anyone feels like riding
a panoramic heated viewing/hang out area
at least 2 round pens
a large compartmentalized heated tack room
at least 2 full bathrooms
some run in sheds sized for both single and multiple horses in a large turn out for the horses on 24/7 turn out
everything would be temperature controlled but only the "human" areas would have adjustable heat so blanketed horses don't get too much of a temperature shock when going from in to out or out to in.
and a quarantine barn with at least 4 stalls for rescues
An indoor arena or even just a covered arena...I do a lot of trail riding in the winter so the cold dont bother me too much. If it is too cold to ride it is because it is too cold to breath out there. Perfect would be an indoor attached to a barn with various size stalls from large broodmare stalls to normal 12x12 stalls and several streight stalls. Plenty of pasture to substain the horse during the spring/summer/fall....a wash area, laundry room, feed room, tack room with cubbys. Plenty of hay storage. And ample places to tie horses up...we are big on tieing and let them stand for a bit to think.
I want to have a large square barn, the whole outer of it to be a huge isle with stalls lining it, large like yours, probably not quite that big, seeing as I am probably going to rescue 50 horses ;) on the inside, will be the tack and feed rooms, a door going inside on every isle. On both sides of the barn, there will be two arenas. One will be build for strictly english riding, large enough to host a large jumping show in. The other side will be one built for reining, and any other western event. The viewing rooms will be over on the sides towards the barn. I also want to have a nice Cross Country course, not too big, but something good to train on. I also want 2 outdoor arenas, one grass arena. Some dirt paddocks, and tonnes of pasture, and I want it to be near the Rocky Mountains so I can go on a trail ride whenever I want.
I think I need to win the lottery!! haha! One can only dream =)
All of the above PLUS a groundskeeper/handyman/cleaner to keep everything clean and ship shape, repaired and running smoothly.
Don't forget to have overhead sprinklers and fire extinguishers in your barns in case of fire!!