If you own horses, caring for those animals properly is one of your top priorities. Horses are big, of course, so you need ample space to give them the attention they deserve day after day. Adding horse stalls to your barn, or building a new barn with horse stalls included in the design, is a great way to provide them with a comfortable, secure living environment.
A metal barn with horse stalls from Carport Kingdom is a great way to add this type of building to your property at an affordable price. By going with metal instead of wood, you enjoy cost and durability advantages, and you’ll find fewer maintenance requirements as the years go by. Test out the Build & Price tool here on our site to see what is possible, or contact us to get help from a member of our friendly team.
How Many Stalls?
This is the obvious place to start when planning your new barn layout. You’ll need to decide how many stalls you are going to include, while also leaving plenty of room for other things like storing supplies, equipment, etc.
We would like to suggest that you not only plan enough stalls for the horses you currently own, but also for those that may be in your future plans. You don’t want to have future renovations or redesigns because you have fewer stalls than you need. You could always use the space in those stalls for storage or other purposes in the meantime.
Leave Plenty of Space
Even a relatively large barn can start to feel small when you walk in one horse after the next. When in doubt, opt for additional space so you have plenty of room to work without things getting crowded. Specifically, leave as much room as possible in the aisle between the rows of stalls. With extra room in the aisle, it will be easier to turn your horses around, or walk them past each other while going through your daily chores. A crowded aisle will make things harder for you and anyone else working in the barn; it might make the horses less comfortable, as well.
Keep the Air Fresh
With horses living and eating in stalls, there is the potential for the air inside your barn to get heavy and stale – especially during the middle of the summer. Design your barn with plenty of air movement so the air can stay as fresh as possible in the space. Providing an opening on each end is a common way to promote airflow and keep the horses comfortable. Orienting the barn in such a way that the prevailing breeze will naturally move through the openings in your barn is a smart move. Also, you can employ the use of fans in your barn if there isn’t much natural breeze in your area.
What About Storage?
Barns are largely meant for storage, but you may lose some of that functionality if you add stalls for your horses. The solution to this problem is a tack room. This is a room within your barn that is dedicated to nothing more than storing all the gear that is required to work with horses. Tack rooms have many notable benefits that make them worth the investment. First, you can keep everything organized, so you know right where your horse equipment is when it’s time to put it to use. Also, by keeping this gear in an enclosed room, you can keep it cleaner than it would be if stored out in the open part of the barn with the rest of your supplies (and your horses). Clean gear is more convenient to use and it can prolong the life of your equipment. With a tack room included in your barn design, you’ll have a space reserved for gear while still giving your horses a comfortable place to call home.
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Adding a barn with horse stalls will benefit both you and your horses. Giving each animal a place to relax and rest will make them happier and it will make your life easier at the same time. Get in touch with Carport Kingdom today to learn more about what we have to offer on this kind of project. We are excited to work with you!