4 Things Every Small Horse Barn Should Have

New England Rent To Own

Looking for a small horse barn to protect your equestrian friends from the elements? Not only will your horses appreciate some relief from mosquitoes and flies, you will enjoy the convenience of keeping supplies nearby. On your hunt for your horse’s new home, consider these 4 important things every small horse barn should have.

1. Heavy duty construction

Any small horse barn is going to receive its fair share of kicks. If doors and hinges aren’t secure, it won’t take long for your horse to discover he or she can escape. Oh, and let’s not forget those all-important kick plates inside the stalls!

In addition to withstanding kicks, small horse barns in Maine need to hold up in New England winters. Doors and walls built with quality materials, like solid wood, are a must-have to weather snow storms. A black metal roof will help snow melt and fall off on its own, freeing you from snow removal.

2. The right supplies

There are certain items that every horse owner needs easily accessible within their small horse barn. A tack room is all about cutting down on the steps involved in getting your horse ready. Listed below is equipment that you may find convenient to have nearby.

Essentials:

  • Saddles
  • Stirrups
  • Halters
  • Bits
  • Reins
  • Martingales
  • Bridles
  • Harnesses
  • Breastplates
  • Horse blankets
  • Brushes

Some of our customers keep feed and hay in their tack rooms as well. If you plan on doing this, just keep in mind that dust will accumulate on your saddles. It’s also wise to store feed in metal containers so insect and rodent visitors won’t chew on tack.

Handy:

  • List of contact information (farrier, equine dentist, veterinarian, horse caretaker if you have an emergency)
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Calendar to note records (shoeing and/or trimming, worming, shots)
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Leather wipes
  • Fleece rug
  • Coffee grinder to break up large pills and supplements

3. A nearby tack room

With all those accessories, you need somewhere convenient to store them. The best place for your equestrian equipment is one that’s very close by. Here at New England Rent to Own, our salt box mini-barns include built-in tack rooms adjacent to the stalls. Your horse’s essentials are never more than a few steps away.

Whatever you decide to keep in your tack room, keep it organized. This space doesn’t have to be fancy, but you will pull your hair out if you can’t find the right equipment when you need it.

4. Smart orientation

The orientation of your small horse barn will allow you to utilize the cool breeze on a hot day or the sun to warm up in colder weather. Before accepting delivery of your new horse barn, it’s crucial to understand the climate patterns of your property.

What kind of runoff pattern do you have during rainstorms? Which direction does the wind blow in the morning vs. the evening? Situating your horse stalls properly can help you take advantage of airflow.


Our customers tell us their small horse barns give them peace of mind. With our unique rent to own option, keeping your best friend safe and comfortable is more affordable than ever! Let’s chat about what kind of home would work best for your horse.

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