If you could build your own barn, what would it look like? Would it be big? Would it be made of stone? I can't be the only one out there who thinks about these things and designs their dream barn on their free time.
I enjoy searching up companies that help you build a barn and seeing all the options available. I love searching on Google Images or driving by stables and getting inspirations from their designs. If money was not an issue, I would love to take on a project like this.
Of course, there is a lot to think about when it comes to building a barn other than building up some walls and throwing on a roof. There are things like dust control, ventilation and fire safety that need to be taken into consideration.
Once those are thought out and you have an idea of how many horses you want in your stable, you can start planning out the layout. If you are planning on building a big barn that you hope to turn into a business, then an office and a lounge area are two rooms that should be included in the design. If you live in areas where you cannot ride outside all year round, you might want to consider attaching an indoor arena to your stable.
When you're happy with the layout that will work best with you, you can look at the things you would like to put into your barn such as stall design and tack room furniture. You can look at different locker designs to put in your tack room or find unique hooks to hang your bridles on instead of the basic metal ones. There are different types of grain container options to look at too.
As you start to think of all these things, you'll slowly see your dream barn come to life. Maybe you already have an image in your mind. You might even have the location picked out. Having a stable layout concept in mind doesn't always mean that it will turn out that way in the end. Sometimes other opinions need to be considered or the layout just won't work structurally or electrically. Other times your budget will make it impossible to get everything you want. Depending on the situation, you can work towards your dream barn slowly or you can be happy with what you have. A dream barn is exactly that: a dream. That doesn't necessarily mean it needs to come to reality, but it can give you something to work towards.
So the next time you are wandering around the stable, think about what works and what doesn't. Is there anything you would like to change or add onto your dream stable design?
A dream stable doesn't always mean building a stable from the ground up. Sometimes it can mean finding a stable that is already built and working towards making it into your ideal stable by changing its layout or extending its size.
I hope you are all doing well and that the weather is nice and warm where you are. Where I live, it doesn't feel like spring. There is still snow on the ground and it is cold most of the time. Hopefully spring will show up here soon.
Until next time, happy riding!