Equine Facilities: Hay and Shavings Storage

Hay should be stored in a different building or barn if possible.

Hay Storage

In ideal situations, hay would not be stored in the horse barn due to the fire hazard. Additionally, it may be very difficult to rescue horses in the case of a hay combustion fire. Many insurance companies charge additional premiums if more than a week’s worth of hay is stored in the barn.

It would be advisable to have hay deliveries spaced over the entire year …

Equine Facilities: Barn Roof Styles and Construction: Gothic Roof

The gothic roof is a pointed arch formed by two similar curved roof sections meeting at a center ridge. It is used on two-story barns and also for separate free-standing
structures to provide shelter at ground level. It is adaptable to both narrow and wide structures.

Clear-span laminated or segmented rafters are supported by and anchored to the walls and loft floor or to the foundation. Segmented wood rafters are usually used for spans of 40 feet or less. Laminated …