*disclaimer: these photos were taken on a normal day, so you will see things not folded perfectly, potentially a little dirty, and just generally being a farm in use.
View from the doorway:
So this all came about because there aren't a ton of great places to board in my area. The nicer show barns with indoors are incredibly pricey and have an insane amount of rules that I don't entirely agree with. (Such as not being able to come hand walk my own horse on a Monday for example.) So I decided maybe it was time to have my own place. And then all of a sudden I was buying a house. A year later we were talking to an architect. Next we hired a builder. And then we waited. And we waited some more. And a little longer. I guess the previous project our builder was working on was taking much much (several months in fact) longer than anticipated. While we were waiting a contractor who actually lives just around the corner from me stopped in at our work to speak with my dad. He was available immediately. And his work was incredible. We let builder #1 go, and hired the neighbor that day. You just never know how things will work out, you know? Because of all that waiting, my ponies wound up with a palace! Lucky them! I will try from here on out to talk less and show more photos...
When you first step through the doorway from the driveway, you will see a normal door on the left with a bench next to it.
Inside that door is the utility room- home of the laundry machines, a utility sink, and a toilet. Important place!
On the right hand side when you walk into the barn are two sliding doors.
Inside the first is the feed room. Admittedly, it's time for a little cleaning out and tidying up in there. But I'll let you see anyway.
Under the window is unopened feed, and a box of stuff... including but not limited to filters for the furnace, extra turnout boots, and spare helmets. Above the box of stuff is the furnace.
Across the aisle from the tack room is the wash stall. I use it as a grooming stall also, so this is where we tack up and down, as well as have baths, cold hose, whatever. I have hot and cold water in here.
On the floor of all the rooms we just saw as well as the entire aisle are rubber pavers. They are made from recycled tires.
The rest of the barn is stalls.
One of my most favorite little touches on the barn is having the barn name etched (in hunter green) on the beams in the ceiling:
Ok, let's head outside!
My turnout situation is probably the biggest negative at my place. I have a paddock down behind the ring, but the horses hate it so I don't use it much. Then I had a tree crush the fence, and the guy taking that down hasn't finished yet, so it's off limits for the season. My horses each get an hour in the ring for turnout. They do not go out together.
|That red barn in the distance is the one we had moved. I keep all my hay in there. Next to it, on the right, is a dumpster where I store the manure until it gets hauled away. On the left is the paddock.|
While waiting their turn in the ring, they hang out in the walkouts behind their stalls though. So at least they get fresh air.
My dream is that someday my neighbor next door will want to sell his property... then I could knock his house down and build actual paddocks with grass in them. It's nice to have dreams though, right?
So that's my place! Thanks for taking the tour! Is there anything you think I forgot when I built my farm? Have any questions about why I did certain things? Let's chat in the comments!