This is our first load of hay in the loft. It is very nice hay that I had shipped from Massey Farm in Watertown, NY (90 miles away). Although the price was high to do so, we are pleased not only with the quality but, the reliability. Rick became very ill because of his heart condition when we were loading so, I stacked the best I could. We are fixing that today as our next load arrives on Saturday. This time (and the first time ever), I have hired a crew. They are the three sons of our neighbor, contractor, and friend, Irvin. The goal is to fit 600 bales in the loft for the season. The loft is located above the center aisle of the horse barn and is 12'x36.'
Indoor arena photo. There are three large doors, this one is the side door to the play ground. As you can see, there is still cleaning up to do. We have a lot of company coming to visit and Rick and I plan to offer the kids money to find the leftover screws, nails, and other debris...we will make a game out of it. By the way, the arena has skylights and a sky-band to bring in natural light. During the day, there is no need for any lighting and this is the same in the horse barn. I took advantage of all natural light in the design.
This area (shown below) is the storage area (6' x 12' ). Also shown is the pull-down ladder which allows entry to the hay loft. It was the best way to allow access while not consuming floor space below. Hay will not go up or down these stairs, just people!
Indoor riding arena view from the far end. This is a 60'x120'x16' arena with knee-walls. Notice I had the builders finish off the end and it looks like a house! I wanted it to look nice, not just like a big board wall. (You should see it in person.)
There are three horse stalls in this facility. They are 12'x12' in size. Each is equipped with sliding doors that have feeders that open to the aisle and gossip doors/windows. There are also bars instead of solid walls in between the stalls. This offers a more open atmosphere. There are skylights in the roof on both buildings and each stall gets a tremendous amount of natural light. There are also dutch door directly across form the interior sliding doors for easy access to the outside. Above the aisle is the floor of the hay loft.
This is the future 12'x12' wash rack area (in between the lounge and storage areas). Don't mind the tarp in the photo, it is not going to remain there. It is in a holding pattern and will be placed on top of the hay to protect it from sunlight.
A front shot of the facility with the doors opened. Notice that the man door is now blocked. We thought that was acceptable because we figured if the large front doors were opened, no one would be using the man door. The man door is the only way to enter the structure if the doors are all closed and locked.
Although a little difficult to see in the photo, there is a small cupola on the horse bran with a horse weather vane and three large cupolas on the arena with horse weather vanes. The cupolas offer a nice look as well as ventilation.
My attempt to show the storage, wash rack, and lounge sites (including the nice viewing window to the arena). This is finishing work Rick and I need to do.