The Horse

JAN 2019

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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TheHorse.com | The Horse January 2019 49 can be purchased at the big box stores for around $100. Detached hay storage. Safe hay stor- age cannot be overemphasized, and a detached shelter is the best way to ac- complish this. Unfortunately, you might be sacrificing convenience for peace of mind. A hay shed can be a simple structure that can serve several storage purposes. The type of structure depends on the aesthetics appropriate for your operation but should have large doors and easy access for trucks or wagons hauling hay, as well as reasonable access to the barn for daily chores. Cost will range from $2,000 to $20,000, depending on size and style. Heated bathroom. Haven't we all wished for this more than once? Unfortunately, it is not a simple amenity to add. A dedicat- ed insulated and heated room is required. In addition to all the obvious plumbing issues, you need a legal septic system for waste. Typically, the barn is too far from the residential septic system or sewer line, so you must have a dedicated one installed. Starting from scratch, the cost will run upward of $10,000, depending on construction type and level of finishes. Indoor wash rack with warm water and a safe heat lamp. An indoor wash stall with heat is a true luxury, particularly when your horses are so crusted in mud when you bring them in that they look like armadillos. Of course, the wash stall needs to be enclosed on three sides and a concrete floor with drain designed to handle mud and hair without clogging. Heat lamps or fan-forced heaters placed up high can create warmth. In either case they must be designed for wet applica- tions. Wash stalls are often placed next to tack rooms or heated bathrooms to con- centrate plumbing and hot water heaters. These are expensive structures to install, ranging in cost from $5,000 to $10,000, not including a septic system if required. Wi-Fi. Most of us can get online with our smartphones, but a true server is use- ful if you have a camera security system that needs it or for general computer or business use. Depending on the distance from your home Wi-Fi, you might be able to use an extender to provide service in the barn. A high-quality extender should cost less than $200. However, if the barn is more than 100 feet away, this might be difficult. Dedicated internet service to the barn will require a separate account with your provider and will probably involve pulling in a wire to the barn, unless you use a cellular or satellite service. Take-Home Message Your list of desired barn amenities is surely different than mine. Maybe a safe and well-lit set of cross-ties is all you need to complete a setup in which your horses spend most of their time turned out. Or, perhaps you're looking to splurge on a heated tack/feed room and bathroom combo. Whatever your horse health, chore efficiency, and creature comfort priorities, these are merely suggestions to spark your imagination. h ©2019 Morton Buildings, Inc. A listing of GC licenses available at mortonbuildings.com/licenses. Certain restrictions apply. Ref Code 631 800-447-7436 | MORTONBUILDINGS.COM Celebrate your ultimate horse haven with limited-time savings when you commit during Building Value Days. Now through February 28. A s a n c t u a ry f o r u n b r i d l e d s t r e n g t h . I n t h e b u i l d i n g sy n o ny m o u s w i t h s t r e n g t h .

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