The Barns at Sagebrush
Each mare has her own barn and corral. Each barn is 6' x 9' with a 9' x 10' corral attached. We made the panels ourselves and designed them so the foals couldn't slip under or through.
This was our Maternity Ward the past 2 foaling seasons. We set up 3 8'x8' corrals inside our garage. I have a camera system that hooks directly into my TVs inside the house and I have 24/7 visual on my mares. We put the wallboard around the bottom to help contain the shavings and straw. There is at least 8" of shavings in the bottom, then a good layer of straw on top of that. The straw was picked 5-8 times a day and the whole thing striped and bedded once a week. From now on, the mares will be left in their own barns as we are putting cameras in each broodmare barn so there is even less stress on them.
The rest of the Barns
Each of these is shared by 2 horses, divided by a panel in the middle. The barns are 6' deep and 9' long. They are 4.6' on the highest edge and 4' on the lower edge. The corrals are 16' x 8'. Right now we use the mini horse panels I was selling but will be replacing all of them with more of our custom panels.........eventually. When we build the new panels, the corrals will be 9' x 20'. That's Seneca in the foreground, my loyal hounddog.
This is a better shot of an individual shed barn.
These are the new panels I'm building. I have 5 completed and just 6 more to go!
This is our hay barn. Thanks to Citori , the GSP, chasing the mice in the barn the doors got holes in the front. There were vents in the doors and still a "whirly gig" on the roof to allow for ventilation. Now we have to replace the doors. The barn itself is 12' x 15' and can hold 200 bales of hay if stacked good. I also keep my grain type feed in here. All our feed is weighed for each horse. We installed a mercury vapor lamp on a pole and put it on a switch. That way I can turn it off at night so we don't disturb our neighbors.
This is a metal feeder we're building. This is the prototype to find out what needs to change. It isn't the prettiest thing but the next ones will look better! Since all my horses are fed outdoors, when it rains typical hay feeders or any bucket collects water. To allow for drainage, we attached the bottom of the feeder at an angle and put 2" of perforated metal at the front of it. This one isn't painted yet, we wanted to try it out and see if they were going to work first.
Iron Horse Panels
These are some panels made by a fairly local company. They are intended for sheep or goats but work great for the minis. They come in 10' or 6' lengths and they have a 6' gate or a 4' gate. I bought 3 10' panels, 1 6' panel and a 4' gate and that makes a nice 10' square corral. They are about 5' tall and have 9 rails that get closer together the lower it goes. The dogs can't even get into this one! They are held together with "pins" made from the same tubing. There isn't much of a gap between the panels so it is harder for them to get their feet stuck in a gap.
Panels I made myself
You know how you can never find exactly what you are looking for in miniature size. Well, I got tired of trying to find the perfect mini panels so I designed and made my own. The sides are 16' long with hog panel wire welded to them. There is a cross bar along the middle for added support (you know how they like to rub and lean). The gates are 8' long panels with a 36" gate in them. They have 4 pipes across rather than the hog panel so I can easily access the water buckets from outside if needed.