Barn

Phase 1

The first phase actually began when we moved onto the property. Our plan was to put stalls in the barn right away, but other needs delayed that plan. We started on the posts for the stalls when my oldest son visited, but the many days of freezing weather made the ground too hard to attempt to dig into. We got just one in before giving up!

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Phase 2

The next phase began after I got orders for Korea and we realized we would need a place to store hay in the barn for the winter, since I wouldn’t be around to regularly get it. I just put up one of the permanent walls to a future stall and the rest temporary walls to keep the animals out of the hay storage area, while still giving some of them a place to go in bad weather.

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Phase 3

Finally I had a chance to get a couple of stalls complete which was necessary with a goat about to kid with a sheep or two due soon after! These two stalls are smaller than what we would like for horses, but work well for the smaller animals. I used up what old wood I had laying around which gave portions of the project a “rustic” look, but still had to use some new wood. I put the dividing walls in tracks so they can be removed if we need to make bigger stalls.

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Phase 4

The next phase, when the winter hay gets out of the way, will be to complete two or three large stalls for horses. This will give us 4 or 5 stalls in the barn, two smaller and three larger, which we can use as needed for special situations. Even with 5 stalls, there will remain enough room in the barn for shelter for some of the animals that don’t have their own pens and shelters.

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