3 Things You Should Know About Building A Barn

A running horse

A running horseWhen raising horses (or any farm animal), the living conditions mean a lot to their well-being. As such, it is important to make sure you house your horses in a barn where they are comfortable, and their needs are met.

At the same time, your barn can be the centrepiece of your farm, so you might want to keep its appearance in mind as well. Here are some ideas to help you build a great-looking barn.

1. Sliding Doors

Most barns use a heavy set of wooden doors that swing outward, fronting the structure, or ascending electric doors. Interior sliding barn doors could be more beneficial for your horses — for two good reasons.

These make less noise than swinging doors, so the chances of terrifying your horse with your mere arrival would be significantly less. Furthermore, they’re not as costly as other doors, so it doesn’t hurt your pocket too much.

2. Exterior Paint Jobs

You might find that many barns are red. Reader’s Digest provides a scientific reason behind this. Aside from the fact that red paint is abundant in many places and is therefore very cheap. You don’t have to go with red paint — some barns are green or even brown.

If you plan on doing the paint job yourself, make sure to use primer, so the paint doesn’t flake off easily. This also helps protect your barn walls from stains. When painting the exterior, make sure to do so with smooth strokes.

3. Room and Ventilation

Make sure that the barn has enough space and ventilation. This is to ensure that your horses can breathe and move around properly — otherwise, poor ventilation and cramped spaces can stress your horses out, which can be bad for their health.