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What to consider when you’re planning your horse barn


What to consider when you’re planning your horse barn

by VersaTube on January 10, 2019

Maybe your barn is suffering from wear and tear. Or maybe you’re newly settled onto your ideal property and it’s finally time to build your own horse barn. Either way, you might be stymied by the thought of picking the perfect horse barn design. After all, it’s a large investment and you’d hate to realize a few months into using your new barn that you overlooked something. We understand completely! We have a few suggestions for you as you plan your horse barn, so you can feel confident in your purchase.

Pick your location

Nothing ruins a great barn design like the wrong location. When you’re picking your building location, consider ease of access to roads and utilities, soil drainage, and wind direction. The longer you can observe your proposed site, the better.

If the soil doesn’t drain well in your ideal site location, you can plan in advance to make adjustments to the grade of the land, or add gutters to your barn to direct the water away.

Built facing the wrong way, your building can become a wind tunnel. To avoid that, test the direction of the wind on particularly windy days and plan to build your horse barn at a 45° angle to the prevailing wind direction.  

Pick your materials

Since you’re here checking out VersaTube options, we can only assume a steel horse barn is pretty high on your list. Wood is, of course, still a popular choice for horse barns, but wood costs more and is more difficult to maintain than a steel model. Plus, wood is just simply a bad material choice if you live in an area with high fire risk. A steel building is stronger, more budget-friendly, easier to maintain, and much safer when it comes to fire risk.

Decide how many stalls you need

This one may seem obvious. Number of horses equals the number of stalls required, right? Well maybe, but now is a great time to think about your future plans. Are you hoping to own more horses in the future or do you think you may want to rent out stalls at some point? The cost difference between a 6-stall and an 8-stall barn or an 8-stall versus a 10-stall barn is relatively small.

One of the biggest perks of going for a VersaTube steel barn over a wood one, is that you can easily expand your barn in the future if you need to. But when it comes to efficiency and cost-effectiveness, it makes sense to build a barn you can grow into, rather than one you know you’ll need to enlarge in a couple of years. Any extra stalls can be used for storage space for now, and as every horse owner knows, you can never have too much of that.

Personalize your Plan

Here at VersaTube, we love to help you customize a design so it perfectly fits your needs. However you’ll use your barn, we bet we have customizations to make your design perfect for you. You could add a lean-to for a birthing shed, storage area, or carport. Your design could be customized to include a loft for hay storage. Or how about extra exterior doors on some of the stalls for ease of moving a single horse into a paddock? Add windows and skylights for natural light, increased ventilation, and help with curbing flies. When it comes to customizing your VersaTube barn, the sky’s the limit. Fill out this form, and one of our sales engineers will design and price your custom barn.

Bonus tip: If you already have a horse barn and now it’s time for an upgrade, you’ve probably been dreaming up all the features of your new barn for a while. But if you’re not sure, or if this is your first barn, we recommend seeking out a little inspiration. Friends and neighbors with barns are a great source of information. Take your friend out for a cup of coffee or bring over some baked treats to your neighbor and ask for their expert opinion. Some good questions to ask are: “if you were building a new barn, what features would be vital? What do you wish your current barn had that it doesn’t? What do you wish you knew before building your barn?” Even if you don’t personally know anyone you can ask, you should be able to garner inspiration from visiting public barns in your area or chatting with others in online forums.

Already got the specs for your ideal horse barn in mind? What are you waiting for? Click here to get started with one of our Horse Barn building kits.