Barn Sweet Barn

Does your barn have adequate ventilation?

Yes, it is well-designed and properly constructed
No, we have problems with very high or low temperatures
No, moisture is a concern
No, we have air drafts
No, I could add a few more reasons to those listed
I don't have or use a barn for my horse(s)

Total votes cast: 1140

Comments & Write-in Answers

barn provides shelter from rain/ice

11/26/2007 9:56:12 PM

they live in the pasture in Brazil, and the stable is under construction

11/26/2007 6:37:44 PM

my trainer does and it is a yes

11/26/2007 4:28:40 PM

It is well designed for the weather we have in central CA. Lots of shade and air flow.

11/26/2007 4:03:20 PM

Area has 3 1/2 sided stall-open for turnout-gets drafty is rather open better than closed stall

11/26/2007 1:58:26 PM

Occasional issues with pipes freezing in extreme cold.

11/26/2007 12:51:50 PM

It provides a wind break and cover, that is all my horses need.

11/26/2007 8:52:27 AM

I'm able to close and open doors as needed to create venitilation or keep in heat.

11/26/2007 6:58:43 AM

Only one door and a ding dong running the place

11/26/2007 12:43:26 AM

My barn is a 60 year old 2 story post and beam in excellent condition.

11/25/2007 11:57:25 PM

I have a 14x36 shed with the opening faceing east.

11/25/2007 11:12:22 PM

My horses all have run-in sheds which is healthier than stalls.

11/25/2007 8:39:08 PM

barn faces nw..open out of prevailings

11/25/2007 8:35:41 PM

spurs in the coffin joint

11/25/2007 1:46:11 PM

I have a Barnmaster barn which is well designed and made of wood enclosed with metal on both sides,

11/25/2007 11:14:28 AM

because I give the horses the freedom to go in and out the barn is open. closed in extreme cold

11/25/2007 11:07:32 AM

Our stalls open to the outdoors, and my horse is not closed in. She has free access to her paddock a

11/25/2007 10:20:23 AM

Our boarding barnin central OH is old but sturdy. It is cold but not terribly so when closed up.

11/25/2007 9:18:11 AM

My barn has great ventilation - horses are mostly outside though

11/24/2007 10:11:51 PM

I have a run in shed which works well with 2 windows that open up from outside to feed hay.

11/24/2007 9:46:33 PM

stall exposed directly to the outside on one side, built under an overhang of a bank barn.

11/24/2007 9:21:39 PM

3-sided run-in shed and turnout--nothing but ventilation!

11/24/2007 6:00:18 PM

I use a 100 year old gambrel roof barn. It was designed for the ages.

11/24/2007 4:44:54 PM

my horses are in the barn only if there is a reason, they hate being inside

11/24/2007 1:15:33 PM

drainage is always a problem in the wenters

11/24/2007 11:38:28 AM

Open air covered runs adjoining 5 acres; horses are free to come and go as they please.

11/24/2007 10:41:20 AM

we have a three sided open shelter for wind and rain protection

11/23/2007 11:55:04 PM

no barn just run-ins

11/23/2007 7:19:06 PM

great old barn.

11/23/2007 2:58:38 PM

3 sided run-in with stalls built in, surrounded with trees for wind break

11/23/2007 2:36:27 PM

My horses stall door is never closed, he comes & goes as he pleases.

11/23/2007 12:34:47 PM

All 5 have free range to the barn, and windows and doors are open all the time.

11/23/2007 11:53:24 AM

she's happiest on pasture, so that's where she stays!

11/23/2007 12:41:41 AM

We have to very well ventilated stalls that our horses go in and out of freely 24/7.

11/22/2007 11:45:50 PM

Horses are healthest outside and in herds.

11/22/2007 9:58:37 PM

fans for extra cool in summer

11/22/2007 9:41:52 PM

I designed my barn for good airflow.

11/22/2007 5:49:24 PM

my barn is at least 100 yrs. old. It is big and roomy and has sides and a roof!

11/22/2007 3:46:38 PM

how would I know?

11/22/2007 1:20:06 PM

Properly placed run-In shed provides shelter and ventilation

11/22/2007 10:56:31 AM

I have a FL Barn... so it is OPEN from 4 ft up to the Roof line with alot of Overhang...

11/22/2007 8:22:12 AM

Large box stalls with no permanent outside doors. They can come and go as they please.

11/22/2007 8:17:57 AM

barn = 30yrs. old, out of thick wood but I did put in rubber mats & fly spray system

11/22/2007 2:48:01 AM

they have a shelter to get out of the sun, rain, and wind

11/22/2007 1:58:47 AM

Morton barn - cool in summer, hated to 40 degrees in winter. Great.

11/22/2007 1:41:27 AM

I use the 4 box stalls only for special circumstances. Otherwise all horses inside/outside all year

11/22/2007 1:36:46 AM

open metal building 60 x 100 with only a north wall

11/21/2007 11:58:59 PM

We use unused greenhouses with lots of light and air

11/21/2007 11:45:09 PM

24'x24' 1/3 covered pipe corral does just fine in So California!

11/21/2007 10:34:05 PM

Our stalls open out to the pasture, a dutch door with the top left open. One s

11/21/2007 10:26:32 PM

Pole barn originally built for combine storage. Too tall, poor ventilation for livestock.

11/21/2007 9:06:40 PM

Just finished refurbish. Has everything a show barn should have

11/21/2007 8:36:10 PM

I LOVE my barn!

11/21/2007 8:23:14 PM

run-in florida shed

11/21/2007 8:21:24 PM

currently have a run in shed..will be a 6 stall barn w/ loft when finished

11/21/2007 7:56:35 PM

My horse lives outside 24/7 with 3 sided run in shelter.I think that way is best for healthy horses

11/21/2007 7:44:48 PM

Ours are out most of the time and healthier because of that

11/21/2007 6:49:01 PM

Our barn is 80 years old and built when barn building was an art.

11/21/2007 6:41:53 PM

We have open sheds for the horses

11/21/2007 6:17:24 PM

My two mares have free access to a 36'x36' shed (12' opening)

11/21/2007 5:28:03 PM

Each stall opens out & has windows. Doors are left open in all but the coldest weather (minus temps)

11/21/2007 5:19:41 PM

great barn, in every night, windows in stalls, nature can suck-bugs, lightening, cold rain, ice,wind

11/21/2007 5:06:44 PM

Here in Nevada,3 sided shelters are the norm.Also did that in Michigan,horses are happy and healthy.

11/21/2007 4:30:54 PM

Our barn is really a big run-in shed.

11/21/2007 3:56:25 PM

If only I could convince all t he other boarders to leave doors and windows open!!!!

11/21/2007 3:13:07 PM

adobe structure, doors on both ends of each stall, opening into individual paddocks

11/21/2007 3:02:25 PM

It's practically a huge car port thatd closed on three sides, and we have horrible dust problem.

11/21/2007 2:53:55 PM

I have a mare motel for a barn, along w/ 8 acres of pasture for 24/7 turnout.

11/21/2007 2:50:04 PM

Our barn has exhust fans on timers that keep it well ventilated.

11/21/2007 2:39:28 PM

no barn yet, but will build a run in soon

11/21/2007 2:37:47 PM

It is an old bank barn, but I am able to keep the draft down and the ventilation perfect

11/21/2007 2:35:15 PM

In Az. Need shade in the summer, wind and rain break in the winter and this one has it.

11/21/2007 2:17:18 PM

My horses heads are always out the window of their stalls.

11/21/2007 2:08:50 PM

My horses live in the hills and have trees and run in sheds here in MT

11/21/2007 1:49:24 PM

well designed but the owner closes it up....not good

11/21/2007 1:04:14 PM

We have a 3 sided run-inshed; cozy from weather w/ventilation

11/21/2007 12:39:52 PM

I live in coastal Georgia. I have an Amish Run-in Stall and tack room. No need for anything else h

11/21/2007 12:28:51 PM

I just have run ins

11/21/2007 12:03:03 PM

Here in Brownsville Texas I find that two or three sided run in shed with a high ceiling works best

11/21/2007 11:15:27 AM

Fully insulated, multiple open/close windows, ceiling vents in every stall, vented attic

11/21/2007 11:15:09 AM

Large open barn so horses can come and go, stalls are unhealthy!

11/21/2007 11:14:44 AM

OLD barn gets drafy/cold, stuffy/hot, and leaks in spots. moderate weather is fine.

11/21/2007 11:03:01 AM

I use a run-in pole barn/shed that is open to the south, only three sides.

11/21/2007 10:59:23 AM

Amish-style (Monitor?) barn with open eves in the loft, northeast stall door open 24/7

11/21/2007 10:45:50 AM

a vent runs under the eaves and there are doors on all 4 sides.

11/21/2007 10:45:26 AM

It is an open mare motel, here we have high temps all summer

11/21/2007 10:40:39 AM

Insulated but not heated, exhaust fan in cupola, doors for fresh cross ventilation

11/21/2007 10:40:01 AM

I use shedrow barns with free access outdoors. When its cold The get locked up for the night.

11/21/2007 10:29:30 AM

I have a pole barn with 2X6 walls. It has a High roof and 12X16 stalls.

11/21/2007 10:20:17 AM

2 big main doors + stall windows with hatch covers

11/21/2007 9:58:21 AM

The one good thing about AZ - covered pipe-corral stalls. Shelter and great ventilation in one!

11/21/2007 9:26:34 AM

although it does alow for more birds we have 6 wndows and 8 doors in a 40 x 70 barn.

11/21/2007 9:04:27 AM

Each stall has a window for extra circulation if needed.

11/21/2007 8:52:48 AM

My barn has an open east side. Excellent design for Texas.

11/21/2007 8:47:15 AM

very well built dairy barn converted - cool in summer warm in winter

11/21/2007 8:31:24 AM

I have an old tobacco barn they use as a run-in shed. No stalls, but shelter from wind and rain.

11/21/2007 8:22:25 AM

Our barn is most suitable for hay storage. Horses prefer being out, anyway.

11/21/2007 8:15:43 AM

No moisture problems, but bad ventilation. Very dusty, stale air, and pretty good anomia even w/PDZ

11/21/2007 8:09:40 AM

Horses come & go at will.

11/21/2007 7:39:51 AM

vetilation is critcal to the health of your horse. Closed barns are deadly.

11/21/2007 7:39:09 AM

we are remodelling to address moisture and improve air exchange

11/21/2007 7:36:59 AM

We ive in a part of Arizona that doesn't require more than a pipe corral with a roof for shade.

11/21/2007 7:31:43 AM

dutch doors open out on all stalls, dble sliding on S, single slider on W, windows on N, venting

11/21/2007 7:03:38 AM

Stall area is insulated, w windows in each stall, bars on inside but can be opened easily. (Minn)

11/21/2007 6:49:22 AM

proper ventilation is an absolute must with horses

11/21/2007 4:36:14 AM

Our horses have walk-in loose boxes

11/21/2007 4:03:49 AM

Our horses are outside 24/7 all year. They have 3 sided shelters and trees to protect them.

11/21/2007 2:17:31 AM

only have a run-in shed

11/21/2007 1:13:45 AM

I live in AZ - have a mare motel w/full roof & solid sides just 1/2 way up to allow circulation

11/21/2007 1:04:02 AM

My horses live in fully covered pipe stalls.

11/21/2007 12:33:05 AM

Agway pole barn -several windows- 2 large doors

11/20/2007 11:57:52 PM

OUr barn is large, metal frame with open end and doors at the other end.

11/20/2007 11:56:41 PM

my barn is open on both ends and panels for stalls, the wind blows through hard

11/20/2007 11:37:41 PM

We have problems with dust/dirt as they "clean" using a blower.

11/20/2007 11:32:56 PM

my horse housing consists of a mare motel and large paddocks

11/20/2007 11:18:43 PM

we have a three sided shed and a roof over hang for protection

11/20/2007 11:16:33 PM

For various reasons I am leaving this barn for one that is better ventilated!!!

11/20/2007 11:13:54 PM

No fancy barn, I have run in shelters with adequate ventilation.

11/20/2007 11:06:21 PM

MN - use lean-twos facing diff directions & wind walls

11/20/2007 10:55:55 PM

We enhance the air circulation in both barn and run-in sheds with ceiling fans. Lots of windows.

11/20/2007 10:37:18 PM

12 ft high walls with 2 ft open under roof allows great ventilation, along with ceiling fans in stal

11/20/2007 10:16:34 PM

24/7 turnout

11/20/2007 10:15:55 PM

we are in Southern California and have a "mare motel" or pipe barn.which is adequate for our weather

11/20/2007 10:13:16 PM

I use walk in walk out stables overnight for my horses

11/20/2007 10:08:36 PM

I have a poll barn with one stall enclosed for Charlie and one for hay

11/20/2007 10:05:30 PM

I use a run in shed, so no ventilation problems

11/20/2007 10:05:22 PM

And I keep the top door open or the whole door open to go into a runin. Very airy!

11/20/2007 9:42:34 PM

My horses are stalled in a cover all barn. It is well lite and paddocks are attached to each stall.

11/20/2007 9:25:11 PM

Our barn is open all the time except for severe weather.

11/20/2007 9:22:56 PM

It was built in 1929 with 30' ceiling - air circulates

11/20/2007 9:21:03 PM

very high ceilings; open doors at both ends; windows on all stalls

11/20/2007 8:58:22 PM

we use wind breakers and shades

11/20/2007 8:49:25 PM

whpever built the barn faced it the wrong way-the north wind comes in the stalls

11/20/2007 8:42:09 PM

Very open, a pole barn with 3/4 walls and stalls. Perfect!

11/20/2007 8:36:17 PM

I have a shedrow barn with 12ft porch. Lots of ventilation but protected from elements

11/20/2007 8:36:15 PM

need cupala fan, ad'd vented stall doors, fx'd leaky foundation, ad'd stall fans, lv opn barn doors

11/20/2007 8:25:43 PM

barnmaster barn--we love it and so do the horses

11/20/2007 8:19:18 PM

A "Morton" barn! Best thing I ever did for my horses!

11/20/2007 8:15:48 PM

My home barn has flow-through eaves, windows in stalls. My work barn is another story, though.

11/20/2007 8:05:37 PM

There are 3 20X20 foot free stall bays with access to the outside. When weather is severe the

11/20/2007 7:31:36 PM

Have a barn for really bad snow or ice but my horses all have in and outs to use. They enjoy it.

11/20/2007 7:30:42 PM

2 of my horses live outside year-round - the 3rd is insode because of a leg injury. He will soon be

11/20/2007 7:29:25 PM

each stall has a ceiling fan & there's plenty of light & air

11/20/2007 7:14:53 PM

My opinion: A barn should provide shelter from extremes of environment, not total isolation.

11/20/2007 7:07:49 PM

We have two big sliding doors on the ends and 4 windows on the sides and the roof has ventilation .

11/20/2007 6:57:19 PM

dust issues and poor air movement dryer parts of year

11/20/2007 6:46:47 PM

All stall are open 24/7 tp pasture areas. barn doors are always open unless there is high winds

11/20/2007 6:44:27 PM

Have some lean-to's, and windbreaks

11/20/2007 6:35:39 PM

It's a very old barn with TOO much ventilation!

11/20/2007 6:27:54 PM

we have open fields and open sheds, protect from direct snow or rain, but mostly in the open

11/20/2007 6:26:41 PM

morton barn centre aisle half doors outwards shade trees nearby. great ventilation

11/20/2007 6:11:15 PM

Not well designed, but excellent ventilation. No doors on stalls so horses go freely in and out.

11/20/2007 6:02:43 PM

2 big exhaust fans on the end of the barn pull air thru.

11/20/2007 6:01:57 PM

great for here in miami, fl but if it drops to the 40's with a wind chill, not much protection then

11/20/2007 5:58:40 PM

14 ft ceilings with fans. It has an upper level that has a large exhaust fan as well.

11/20/2007 5:56:50 PM

windows/roof vents/large doors both ends/15 fans used in summer for 6 stalls!!

11/20/2007 5:52:33 PM

Not designed for horses, NO air flow!

11/20/2007 5:37:22 PM

i have 3 run-0in sheds (very well ventilated!)

11/20/2007 5:27:14 PM

A 250yr old stone barn, very well vetilated

11/20/2007 5:26:54 PM

we have a carport covered on three sides and there is plenty of ventilation

11/20/2007 5:23:15 PM

My barn was custom-built for Clydesdales, stalls are 14X14 and 10X20--the barn is my favorite place!

11/20/2007 5:10:25 PM

raised center aisle

11/20/2007 5:07:15 PM

My horses have run in sheds only

11/20/2007 4:51:02 PM

My mare is stalled outdoors in a paddock with a partial roof

11/20/2007 4:43:15 PM

he is out in dry (and rainy) pasture all year round.

11/20/2007 4:39:16 PM

I use an older post and frame barn that was designed for a dairy farm. The horses can come and go as

11/20/2007 4:35:58 PM

Good ventilation was planned into the design

11/20/2007 4:33:34 PM

Not enough ventilation due to the size of the barn and lack of windows.

11/20/2007 4:32:37 PM

Barn is attached to an indoor arena and is VERY dusty.

11/20/2007 4:31:05 PM

Dutch doors open to outside and upper screen above stalls for good ventilation.

11/20/2007 4:30:56 PM

I replaced the ridge vent and doors with ventilated doors which helped dramatically.

11/20/2007 4:30:40 PM

It's a monitor style barn with open ends facing north & south.

11/20/2007 4:24:18 PM

We have all of the above problems

11/20/2007 4:20:43 PM


11/20/2007 4:14:33 PM

We leave all of the doors open so the horses can come and go. It gets chilly in the wintertime.

11/20/2007 4:08:30 PM

It is an old barn and very well ventilated...quite naturally! lol

11/20/2007 4:07:32 PM

Full coverage Pole Barn.

11/20/2007 4:03:41 PM


11/20/2007 4:01:58 PM

All use run-ins -

11/20/2007 3:57:43 PM

The barn has eave vents & a cupola for ventilation.

11/20/2007 3:56:47 PM

I use a run-in shed

11/20/2007 3:53:57 PM

Problem only when we have a north wind, mostly prevailing winds from the west

11/20/2007 3:52:19 PM

horses have a run in or pasture w/ a blanket on.

11/20/2007 3:44:45 PM

run-in shed

11/20/2007 3:44:01 PM

Our barn has run-ins, which are so-so for ventillation

11/20/2007 3:42:39 PM

I do have stall doors to their run in paddocks, but I leave them open unless a horse is ill.

11/20/2007 3:42:34 PM

new barn with lots of air flow

11/20/2007 3:42:34 PM

3 sided building with roof

11/20/2007 3:40:07 PM

our tack room is pretty damp which means all the good tack goes inside during the winter

11/20/2007 3:38:45 PM

Horses are kept in turnout, with a walk-in for their convenience.

11/20/2007 3:38:42 PM

Our metal-roofed, no-cupola pole barn gets stiffling hot in the summer, and is not oriented well.

11/20/2007 3:37:59 PM

Ours stay out or use sheds unless icy.

11/20/2007 3:34:23 PM

my mare can kick a stall down in 30 minutes. she likes to live outside, LOL, and makes it known

11/20/2007 3:33:16 PM

Large open doors at each end and in middle; fans on ceiling for circulation and large fan in back.

11/20/2007 3:32:15 PM

It is what it is, a cozy old cow barn...plenty of air, but it's shelter!

11/20/2007 3:32:09 PM

i live in SC so I only use the barn for ill or injured horses.

11/20/2007 3:27:56 PM

We only use run in sheds, when needed can set up panels inside a shed.

11/20/2007 3:25:59 PM

I used run in sheds

11/20/2007 3:21:28 PM

I am lucky!

11/20/2007 3:19:24 PM

roof vents, open paddocks to outside

11/20/2007 3:13:57 PM

My husband did a great job renovating an old bank barn.

11/20/2007 3:05:37 PM

it is a three sided lean at will lean to

11/20/2007 2:59:49 PM