Here's another book which I have made great use of when
designing and building my facility. I just wish I had discovered it earlier!
Although it certainly includes barn plans, that is not the primary focus of
this book, but rather Hill focuses more on the design
of your entire facility, including a detailed discussion of laying out your
paddocks and buildings to make the best use of your land, taking into
account all factors such as neighbors, footing, land formations and existing
buildings, roads, and natural features.
This lady knows her stuff, having taught university-level courses in
horse-management and training, and written numerous well-regarded books. She
is also a breeder and trainer of horses, and a judge for several national
Hill starts at the beginning in this book, discussing
the benefits and responsibilities of horse ownership, horse behaviour as it
relates to management, the needs of the horse, and the different levels of
management. She takes you through choosing an acreage, designing the layout,
barn construction, other buildings, choosing machinery and equipment,
fencing for training and turn-out, pasture and hay-field management, water,
sanition, an excellent fire prevention section,
through daily routines, and record keeping.
Anyone who is contemplating moving their horses to their own place should
get this book. Experienced horse managers will also enjoy the text, and will
undoubtedly pick up some helpful tips from this first-rate author and