Cool Housing

How do you keep your barn cool during the summer?

Open doors and windows
My barn does not require extra cooling--it is properly ventilated

Total votes cast: 931

Comments & Write-in Answers

Siting is critical. Trees/other buildings can concentrate the breeze and cool the air.

7/26/2010 9:53:01 PM

don't have one

7/26/2010 1:11:56 PM

keeping the lights off!

7/26/2010 11:09:10 AM

Good ventilation, ceiling & box fans, shade trees

7/25/2010 9:24:51 AM

doors on every side of the barn make it easy to ventilate and stay cool

7/24/2010 7:53:08 PM


7/24/2010 4:47:41 AM

I don't hve a barn. My horses are on pasture as nature intended 24/7

7/23/2010 6:07:48 PM

My barn is well ventilated, but not really cool.

7/23/2010 9:43:56 AM

This is South Florida! Summer is a challenge from April to November!

7/23/2010 9:40:20 AM

lots of moving air

7/22/2010 9:10:31 PM

Rarely needs to be cooled in this part of the country - nights are always cool.

7/22/2010 6:13:47 PM

Mostly they stay out,but when stalled my horses are cooler with wood shavings than straw.

7/22/2010 5:02:43 PM

mostly in the evening when the horses are inside

7/22/2010 5:01:36 PM

We live in Florida. The barn is a very open style.

7/22/2010 3:58:54 PM

We have two run-in sheds - each facing a different direction - for SHADE at all times

7/22/2010 3:46:41 PM

Lights out, doors shut on the sunny side, breezy side doors open, horses out at night.

7/22/2010 3:25:31 PM

my horses (in FL) are turned out 24/7 with lots of trees and automatic waterers.

7/22/2010 3:22:29 PM

keeping doors closed on the sunny side of the barn, stall gates or guards and completely open night

7/22/2010 3:00:56 PM

our barn is an old tabacco barn, sits on a small hill and the nice breeze blows west to east thru th

7/22/2010 12:05:22 PM

open widows and doors for air flow.

7/22/2010 1:37:43 AM

trees! my barn is snugged up under a stand of tall shade trees with a nice winter mix of evergreens

7/21/2010 10:31:33 PM

my barn is insulated very well, keep sunlight out stays very cool. use fans as needed

7/21/2010 9:32:54 PM

if it gets very hot i will hose my horses off with cool water

7/21/2010 9:04:25 PM

i have run-in sheds so they stay cooler anyway

7/21/2010 8:26:47 PM

We installed a temperature controlled swamp cooler

7/21/2010 7:08:07 PM

ceiling fans

7/21/2010 3:03:04 PM

Roof on barn is made specifically for livestock (barn is actually old greenhouse) stays nice, cool

7/21/2010 3:02:11 PM

horses are out 24/7 have 3 sided lean

7/21/2010 1:55:03 PM

Wetting isle floors down and clearing all cobwebs

7/21/2010 1:54:10 PM

Spray down the sand

7/21/2010 12:06:23 PM

Large commercial fan in aisleway & both ends of barn open,cupolo venting, 1/2 barred stalls

7/21/2010 11:24:34 AM

hose floors; turn on fans!

7/21/2010 9:04:57 AM

I have a huge fan in the upper level of my barn blowing air out. My horse is in the lower level.

7/21/2010 9:03:23 AM

I shade the windows in my barn as flies do not seem to like darkness as much as light

7/21/2010 8:12:13 AM

No enclosed parts of my barn, only 2 walls

7/21/2010 2:13:47 AM


7/20/2010 11:56:11 PM

Spray down walls & floor with water before horses are brought in for the day

7/20/2010 11:22:46 PM

The barn was built to catch breezes

7/20/2010 9:28:18 PM

Open on sides, under trees

7/20/2010 9:10:02 PM

I would build my different next time, not enough ventilation!

7/20/2010 8:12:53 PM

I leave both ends of our barn open, that seems to produce plenty of airflow.

7/20/2010 8:09:29 PM

In hot muggy Florida we use center aisle overhead fans,a heavy duty and a 20" fan for each stall

7/20/2010 7:04:01 PM

I have a pipe-rail mare motel and the horses come and go 24/7 from that to a large corral. No coolin

7/20/2010 6:10:02 PM

Horses look forward to being stalled during the day out of the heat!

7/20/2010 5:56:11 PM

Horses are out w/run-ins most of the year...

7/20/2010 5:31:25 PM

We are in Houston Texas

7/20/2010 5:28:39 PM

Big cedars shade barn. Also has a good cross breeze through stalls.

7/20/2010 5:11:46 PM

paddock access stalls with fans

7/20/2010 4:55:13 PM

thankfully, my barn is well-ventilated, and usually has a breeze blowing through the hallway.

7/20/2010 4:48:34 PM

Very open and properly oriented to catch breezes

7/20/2010 4:29:18 PM

In Phx, AZ, have Cushings mare, use everything I can to help her!

7/20/2010 4:28:20 PM

cinder block walls

7/20/2010 4:20:54 PM

Cool them off when coming in from pasture by using a spray bottle to squirt cold water on them.

7/20/2010 4:11:14 PM

Winter in Australia is very mild so my donkeys are turned out all year.

7/20/2010 3:53:03 PM

Fans also keep the bugs off my horses.

7/20/2010 3:33:48 PM

I don't use a barn just a roof for shade I am in California

7/20/2010 3:27:41 PM

Fans, but in the run in's horses are not stalled

7/20/2010 3:21:51 PM

Door and windows are always open

7/20/2010 3:19:03 PM

they only go in if they want to

7/20/2010 3:13:22 PM

Fans in indiviual stalls & exhaust fan in roof of barn.

7/20/2010 3:12:01 PM

Industrial fans on timers!

7/20/2010 3:08:44 PM


7/20/2010 3:07:11 PM

We used to not have to cool are barn as it was below ground on three sides and stayed naturally cool

7/20/2010 3:05:47 PM

Don't have a barn

7/20/2010 3:02:28 PM

I open or close windows to block the direct sun as it moves around during the day

7/20/2010 2:58:23 PM

night turn-out

7/20/2010 2:54:28 PM

horses in run-ins with fans

7/20/2010 2:52:22 PM

My barn is an old field stone barn... cool in the summer, warmer in the winter. Lucky I guess.

7/20/2010 2:35:22 PM

A barn and stall is a human invention for the solitary confinement of a herd animal

7/20/2010 2:26:42 PM

One end of the barn is shaded by a huge Maple tree.

7/20/2010 2:16:49 PM

My old style dairy barn with the hayloft and high roof is incredibly cool.

7/20/2010 2:15:36 PM

Our barn also has exhust fans that run year round.

7/20/2010 2:12:30 PM

Horses stay in the pasture and not the barn.

7/20/2010 2:12:26 PM

Turn out at night

7/20/2010 1:48:16 PM

no electricity to it yet, so open doors is the only way other than leaving them out.

7/20/2010 10:37:46 AM

My barn is well ventilated but when temp is 100+ & humid I try to provide more options

7/20/2010 9:48:25 AM