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Designing a Horse Barn


If you are designing a pole barn to shelter horses, you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. You are limited only by the amount of land available, your budget, and your imagination.

The first thing you need to know when designing a horse barn is how many horses you currently have and whether or not you plan to get more. This will determine the number of stalls you need, as well as the amount of space you will need for tack, feed, and hay.

Hay can be stored on the main floor or in a loft. Storing hay in a loft will require a much taller eave height, and getting it up and down can be a challenge. You can also add a wash stall or grooming area if you have enough space.

You can design your barn with an “L” or “T” shape and a monitor, single slope, gable, or gambrel roof. You can use a steel roof, tile or standing seam steel, or standard or architectural shingles. The type of roof you choose will depend on the finished look you want your horse barn to have.

You can choose several types of siding for your horse barn, such as T1-11, board and batten, vinyl, or tongue and groove. You can paint or stain the siding or let it weather. If you want to keep your pole barn looking like new for as long as possible, you can choose steel siding. You can customize your horse barn with optional features, such as a wainscot, tongue and groove stall kits, and a cupola with a weather vane on top.

It is easy to ventilate a horse barn. You can use enclosed overhangs for a stately appearance and vented soffits for air intake. Vent the ridge cap for circulation and add gable vents if necessary to maximize ventilation and minimize condensation. You can add reflective insulation as a moisture barrier to reduce condensation and add natural lighting with eave lights.

Pole barn designs are versatile enough that they can be changed in the future if you decide to get more horses and need additional space. You can put double trusses on one or both ends of your pole barn so you will have the option of adding an addition in the future. The endwall steel can be removed to add space for additional stalls. Select an appropriate eave height so you will have the ability to add an addition in the future. A concrete floor can be installed at any time, even years after a pole barn is constructed.

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