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A horseing we will go.
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Rickstir    Posted 01-04-2004 at 17:57:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, the finances are in place and we are going to fulfill one of my wife's life-long desires: to own horses.
We just sold our double-wide and that clears the site for the new horse barn. There is electricity and water in conduit underground close by.
I like to pick your brains for barn ideas and those little things you learn from experience. We will have up to three horses and there will be a couple of beer steers but they will be outside most of the time. Also there will be coral type fencing needed. We live in NorthEast Missouri so it needs to be weather tight. It will be 10 tonight and 5 tomorrow night with a strong wind sending the wind chill numbers down into the minus area.
We can handle small bales of hay so there should be a storage area for that and a tack room.
If any of you more experienced barn owners can pass along some hints it would sure be appreciated.

Wyo    Posted 01-05-2004 at 13:05:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
The one hint I can give is "MAKE IT TWICE AS BIG AS YOU THINK YOU NEED!!" You will thank yourself later. Also make it so you can drive in one end and out the other, makes hay time much better.

Wyo    Posted 01-05-2004 at 13:15:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
For a corral we used 3-rail PVC fencing. It is 5 years old and looks as good as the first day we installed it. Horses won't eat it and they can lean on it and it springs back. Just use lots of concrete in the post holes!! It costs about $4 per foot but over a 5 year period you will replace a lot of wood if your horses are part beaver like mine!! Also get a good brand name, we used Bufftech.

ALIAS    Posted 01-05-2004 at 05:04:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Owning horses are kinda like owning a boat. A man will buy a boat and put it to use almost every weekend, the first year. Then he will use it five or six times the second year. And, thereafter, it will sit in his driveway or back yard and take up space. What I've noticed is that people get all hyped-up to get a horse and after awhile it gets ridden less and less until it is nothing more than a four footed mowing machine that requires feed and attention when the grass dies down in winter. And, I don't even want to go into the cost of vetinarians and medicine.

When I was growing up, my Pa kept horses. But, not for pleasure. Ours worked on the farm and in his logging business. He had a stadfast rule: Don't have anything around that can't earn it's own keep.

Battleborn    Posted 01-05-2004 at 00:10:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have 3 barns, and I learned something with each one, so here's my 2 cents:
-no exposed wood. Build a MD brand or Port-A-Stall if you have to.
-packed dirt floors with rubber mats.
-Breezeway style is best. You can get in outa the weather.
-Put in at least 3 extra stalls. One for feed, one for the tractor and one for a wash rack/vet rack/shoeing spot (this is the only room in ours with concrete and a drain, but the concrete is covered with mats.)
-crossties in the stalls and wash rack.
-Nelson brand heated automatic waterers (awesome)
-overdo the lighting. double what you think is necessary.
-Align it so the stalls open out to the prevailing lee side. (our three extra stalls are upwind, and almost always closed up.)
-did I mention no exposed wood?
Spend the money, make it as easy as possible for yourself, you won't regret it.

Ron,Ar    Posted 01-04-2004 at 21:12:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
It may sound like an extravagance (sp) now, but since ya got electricty and water going there build a shower stall/mud room in that barn. You will thank yourself later if ya get into this real serious like.

Rowdy Yates    Posted 01-04-2004 at 20:51:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If I were you I would talk my wife into continuing
her dream for the rest of her life, make her realize that it is just that ---a dream.....or tell her that it is not a dream about a mare, rather it was a nightmare!!



Rowdy Yates    Posted 01-04-2004 at 20:43:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hate to say it, but this is where it all've already sold your house(double-wide)to make way for horses. Where you going to live? the barn? I was raised around horses..luv 'em. But don't own any myself now. I switched to the cheaper, more reliable breeds...Yamaha/Polaris/Honda/Arctic Cat...they are alot cheaper and can actually do more than any horse ever thought..don't eat much..are always where you left them...and you can ride them like a horse if you'd like. My grandfather raised horses and everytime he sold one he would say as the buyers drove away...........GO BROKE---BUY A HORSE!! And then laugh as he pat his wallet. Don't get me wrong...I like horses, they just eat alot of $$$$$$ with no return. I can go up to a ranch somewhere, flip 'em a few bucks, ride all day, go home and have all the ridin' I'd need for a month. I could spend $300 a month, which would be about 3-4 days a month or more of riding at a ranch for 2 people and still be money ahead of owning them myself. Most people will never ride more than once ever two months if that after the "newness" wears off. Been there-done that, the ATV is so much more enjoyable, usable, and workable to me anymore. I wish you luck! ENJOY!

Rickstir    Posted 01-05-2004 at 10:35:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
We built an earth contact home a couple of years ago. The double-wide was no longer needed. Thanks for your comments.

KellyGa    Posted 01-04-2004 at 19:41:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congratulations and Good Luck. I have that wish myself, and hope it will come to pass one day.

deadcarp    Posted 01-04-2004 at 18:58:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
if they're allowed to sprout their winter coat, a pole barn is plenty good - actually a leanto would be, for beef too. big critters handled cold long before men started penning them up. i'd say do all the research, make all the plans, get everything ready and then build it twice as big. how often do you hear anyone complain about too big an outbuilding? :)

Dieselrider    Posted 01-04-2004 at 18:40:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just want to know where you're buying those BEER steers? I'll bet they will sell well and you won't have to worry about the mad cow mess. After a few steaks you won't care anyway!

Ron,Ar    Posted 01-04-2004 at 21:06:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
And I thought I was the only one that noticed that! Must be some of that Colt malt liquor I see advertised.

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