It was brought to my attention that I was a tad remiss in filling you in on all the details about our new home. The details are kind of important. They are huge part of the reason I chose this barn after all.
So besides the fact that the barn is gorgeous and the wood is all stained one colour and Tucker isn’t in danger of having walls fall in on him (… not that that’s ever happened… ahem… moving on…), there are a lot of great features that BO R had designed into her barn.
Maybe I should do a bit of a comparison so that you can better understand why I’m enamoured with this barn.
Previously, the cut out in the door was so high he could barely get his head out and the grill across the front of the stall swung in (which means if he lifted his head while you where opening it to hay or water he’d get smacked in the head. Ouch!).
Now, to feed, there is a bar that fits into a hole in the top of the grill. That bar is, I assume, on a spring. You just pull down the bar and swing the grill out out (see the second picture). He can also stick his head out until his hearts content or if he’s making an ass of himself the grill on his door can be slid closed.
Previously, he was surrounded by half walls and grills. There was nowhere to get away from his neighbours. And as I’ve mentioned before both walls had at different times been pushed in on him (thankful not enough to cause injury). He was lucky enough to have a window in his old stall. But that window was just an open hole that got boarded up for a good chunk of the year.
Now, he’s out all day and gets to socialize outside. His stall is a haven where he can relax. The walls are solid. If he wants to see his neighbour he can stick his head out the door. He has an actual window that will give him lots of light year round and fresh air when the weather is nice.
The water system:
Previously, he was watered with a hose and bucket. Quite often I’d find his bucket empty or close to empty (it probably would have been good if he had 2 buckets). It was a big production to roll out the big heavy hose.
Now, he still drinks from a bucket but each stall has its own water supply. No hose necessary! We haven’t been there a week but I haven’t yet found an empty bucket.
Previously, a questionable amount of shavings on a rubber mat over concrete.
Now, the bedding is still shavings but they are over softstall flooring. So much better for standing on… not that he’s in his stall that much.
The ‘kick bar’:
Previously, there isn’t really a previously for this. He’d paw and get yelled at or get fed first or get ignored. I never really noticed him actually making contact with the walls/door when he pawed. I suppose he could have been. It was always hard to hear over his neighbour continually double barrelling the wall.
Now, BO is a genius. The stall he’s in at the moment belongs to another draftx that’s currently somewhere else. Apparently she’d rub her back end on the door and knock it off the track. So R had her husband build a bar that swings up out of the way when not in use. It’s just meant to keep them back from the door. Honestly I’m not sure how well it’s working for the pawing. Maybe they’ll come up with something slightly different for the bar they are building into his stall. Hopefully he’s starting to behave himself a little better though.
There are so many little details about this barn that I love. I can’t wait to share them all with you.
Update: I rode last night. He only screamed once while I was tacking up. I took him right outside and hopped on. He was looky and tense but not bad. After a bit of ring work we walked around the property. He was pretty edgy but he’s definitely settling in.