Horse barns can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it. The only limits are the size of your property, your budget and of course your imagination! Just because you will use this accessory building as a horse barn, doesn’t mean it has to lack design and creativity. Monitors, single slopes, gable style, grid horse barn kits and of course the traditional gambrels – they all have features which will best fit your needs...and of course the needs of your horses. Horse barns can be in the shape of an "L", a "T" to maximize property use, and reduce steps when going from one horse to another. Regardless of your budget, each option can be weighed carefully to determine what works best for you...and your prize horses. Take a look at the different styles on our Horse Barn Photo Gallery.
If you want a horse barn to be totally functional, the best thing to start with is...counting the horses! How many horses do you have, and how many do you plan to have in your horse barn kit? This gives you a starting point for the number of stalls you will need. Next add on stalls for a tack room, feed room and possibly a wash or grooming stall. Hay storage may be most economically done by having it readily available in a stall on the main floor. Loft areas can often be used for hay and other storage, but as they say, what goes up must come down, so putting the hay up...and then down again can be a lot of work. Hay storage up above in your barn building comes at a premium, requiring a much taller eave height than if kept to a single level, with a few more stalls at the end for storage.
So much to choose from, where do you start? By getting a free online pole barn quote!
Horse barn kits are quick and easy to put up, but the siding can just as easily be T1-11, board and batten, vinyl or tongue and groove. Standard or architectural shingles, tile or standing seam steel can be substituted for steel roofing. Metal barn kits will have the least amount of long term maintenance and provide the longest lasting finish, but it all depends on the "look" you are trying to achieve. Horse barns can be as attractive as any other building, using wainscot to set it off, beautifully finished tongue and groove stall kits and a lighted cupola with horse weathervane on top to add that finishing touch. Sidings can be painted, stained, left to weather, or for longest "just like new" appearance, choose from over 17 colors for a metal barn in 29 or 26 gauge steel. No matter what the siding or roofing material, Hansen barn kits use trims to cover all wood. There is no exposed wood left to weather, decay or prove unsightly down the road. Unless you choose to have painted trims, steel trims can be provided so peeling and repainting is off your "to do" list forever!
Horse barn kits can be a project carried over several years. How? Select the width you want overall, and then put double trusses on one or both ends, for future additions. Many customers have chosen a solid 36’, 38’ or even 40’ width, along with an initial length which fits their budget. Down the road, removing the endwall steel on horse barns is a cinch, adding on 12’ increments for stalls and the aisleway. Selecting an overall eave height to allow future additions on the sidewalls is another popular option when building a horse barn. The nice thing about a pole building is concrete floors can be poured at any time during the actual barn construction, or even a year or two after its built! It just makes sense to get the size you want and need, and worry about the extras later.
Ventilation is easy with horse barn kits. Choose enclosed overhangs for a stately look to your barn, and the vented soffit will provide the air intake. Vent the ridge cap to provide sufficient circulation and add gable vents if you must, for maximum ventilation and minimizing any condensation issues. Hansen Buildings recommends you include optional reflective insulation as a moisture barrier to cut down on wall and ceiling condensation dripping on you, your horses, and especially valuable hay! Natural lighting is a snap with eavelights. No need to fumble for the light switch and your electricity bill is greatly reduced, with your horses comfortably at home in a naturally lighted horse barn.