There are lots of great reasons to take the plunge and purchase a new horse barn for your property. Perhaps your boarding business is blooming and you need more stalls, your horse rescue operation is turning away horses in need of a soft landing due to lack of shelter space available, or you are simply tired of dealing with the expense and issues of having your horse at livery.
Whatever the reason for a new barn, the budget constraint is an overwhelming reason that folks deny themselves the pleasure of a new horse barn.
The key to affordability when it comes to a new barn purchase is to choose a design that offers versatility between your present day needs and those of the future. The shedrow barn design is the perfect solution to cover needs for horse stalls and storage for feed, bedding and equipment.
Equines come in all shapes and sizes, and the shedrow barn stalls can be built to accommodate every breed of horse from minis to Shires. The smaller the stalls the cheaper the cost, but do plan for future needs. After all your kid won’t always fit a 12.2 hh pony and hubbie might take on equestrian sport requiring an additional mount down the road.
If you leave a stall unfinished without a front wall and stall door, provisions can be handily stored for quick access for daily routine horse care.
The shedrow can be placed adjacent to paddocks and provide an in/out turnout for horse owners that like to give their animals free access to both pasture and shelter. Fence lines can be easily placed to divide stalls and turnout so each horse has its own space.
The shedrow modular building is easily transported by road and provides an instant set up that is immediately ready to use.
Areas where you can save upfront costs include not finishing the front stall walls/doors on every stall and adding them later as you need them; completing your own painting or staining; adding your own kickboards; finishing a tack room; having no floor added to the storage room (especially if you plan to convert it to a stall later); not adding a full dividing wall between stalls; incorporating only half a Dutch door.
There are many areas where you can cut upfront costs without compromising the build quality and apply your do-it-yourself knowledge later. Reputable modular builders will always work with you to accommodate your needs to help you stay on budget and don’t forget as an additional help many larger companies offer financing for your project.
In addition to the versatility of the design of a shedrow barn, another factor to consider is how multiple buildings can be placed together to produce a stableyard.
Placement of two shedrow barns at a right angle to each other or three or four shedrow structures around a square can create privacy, shelter from the elements and provide a useful working environment in the courtyard. Be aware that if you live in an area that receives snowfall to leave room for plowing the area out.
Shedrow barns can also be moveable in design, with tow hooks installed during their construction that allow the building to be moved from one place to another, even transported to another property altogether via truck.
Seek a modular barn building company that offers good value for money but utilizes high quality materials throughout the build. Their team of professionals should be well versed in the products they offer and be happy to work with you and make helpful suggestions of where you can save costs to keep to a realistic budget.
Who knows, your dream horse barn could be coming around the next corner!
This article is brought to you courtesy of Horizon Structures Inc., Atglen PA – Modular horse barn and indoor riding arena specialists. Horizon Structures also offers both residential and commercial kennels, coops, multi-use structures and playsets. Please visit https://www.HorizonStructures.com to learn more.
By Nikki Alvin-Smith
About Horizon Structures: One horse or twenty, there's one thing all horse owners have in common...the need to provide safe and secure shelter for their equine partners. At Horizon Structures, we combine expert craftsmanship, top-of-the-line materials and smart "horse-friendly" design to create a full line of sheds and barns that any horse owner can feel confident is the right choice for their horses' stabling needs.
All wood. Amish Made. Most of our buildings are shipped 100% pre-built and ready for same-day use. Larger barns are a modular construction and can be ready for your horses in less than a week. All our barn packages include everything you need -
Horizon Structures also sells indoor riding arenas, chicken coops, dog kennels, 1 and 2 car garages, storage sheds and outdoor living structures.
Headquartered in South-Central Pennsylvania, Horizon Structures, LLC is owned by Dave Zook. Dave was raised in the Amish tradition and grew up working in the family-owned shed business. He started Horizon Structures in 2001 in response to an ever-increasing customer demand for high quality, affordable horse barns.
For additional information about the company or their product line, please visit their website at https://www.horizonstructures.com
About Nikki Alvin-Smith: International and national published freelance writer and photographer in such world renowned publications such as The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse and Hound, Dressage and CT, Warmbloods Today, The Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar, Reiter, The Equine Journal, Spur, Hoofprints, Horsin’ Around, Horses All, Field & Stream, Western Horse and Gun, Pony Quarterly, Horses All Canada, Catskill Horse to name a few. Ghostwriting, blog services, PR/Marketing copy either direct with manufacturer or for agencies, copy editing and editor services also available. Nikki also produces catalog copy, white papers, e-books, corporate brochures and advertising copy for international corporations and PR/Marketing for celebrities.
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