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How to Set Up a Pole Barn for Horses


If you are building a pole barn to shelter horses, you probably want to separate the interior with stalls. You will also need places to store tack and feed, and it will need to be ventilated. Here are some tips to help you figure out the best design for your horse barn.

Plan ahead. People with horses often enjoy them so much that they buy more. Consider making space for more stalls than you currently need. You can use the extra space for storage in the meantime. Consider a variety of layouts. Sketch them on paper to figure out what would be the most effective way to use the space.

A stall barn can have interior columns that hold up rafters that support the roof. Another option is to have trusses that span the width of the barn and do not require interior columns. You can attach stalls to an interior column or use free-standing stalls in a clear span design. Free-standing stalls attach to each other for stability.

You can create a wash stall with a drainage system so you can wash and groom your horses regardless of the weather. Install a concrete floor and drain covered with rubber mats.

Set aside space for a tack room. Install a door so that your saddles, bridles, blankets, brushes, and other equipment will be shielded from dust.

Sliding doors are less noisy than electric ones and therefore less likely to spook your horses. They are also the most cost-effective. Sliding doors can have one or two pieces.

Your choice of flooring is important. Granular base material is a common choice for aisles and stalls. It can be covered with rubber mats so the horses will be comfortable. You can use concrete or brick pavers in the aisles and cover them with rubber mats.

It is essential to have adequate air circulation for the health of your horses. Install a ventilation system in the roof. You can use passive ventilation, such as eave and roof peak vents. Your horses should be fine in the winter if they are well fed because they will generate plenty of heat. Another option is to install power ventilation, including overhead fans and moisture sensors.

Make sure your horse barn has plenty of natural lighting. You can install Dutch doors or windows in stalls, fixed windows in sliding doors, and eave lights.

Be sure to have access to water and a place to store feed in your horse barn.

Horse barns can catch fire. If you have hay stored inside, it can burn quickly, and you might not be able to get your horses to safety. Consider storing hay in a separate building.

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