While barn demolition has been going well (separate post on that coming soon!) I have a few other things on my mind regarding safety in and around the barn.
The first item is the fact that the barns are within the pasture and have metal siding and downspouts. Obviously many horses have lived there over the years and survived but since I have a special needs horse and like to keep my horses as safe as possible I’m questioning this. From what I’ve read if the metal siding is thick enough they can’t kick through so wouldn’t get cut or anything. I of course have no idea what thickness our siding is. I definitely need to have a siding place out either way to fix up some holes and dents from the barn’s past and I wonder if I have other options for making this safer? Anyone with experience with metal siding? Should I consider covering it at the lower portion with something for safety? If so, what?
Metal downspouts? Seems like a hazard…bottom part is metal just sticking out waiting for my horses to try to cut a leg off. The eavestroughing is dead anyways (IE full of holes) so I plan to ask a siding place what my options are but if I need to do downspouts how do I make them safe? Plastic extensions seem like a horse toy waiting to happen, lol.
My other safety concern involves the back walls of my stalls and windows. Currently the windows are plexiglass and they have this terrifying metal mesh over them that is sticking out to poke out the eyeball of an unsuspecting equine…so clearly the mesh will go. Do I need to protect my windows from the horses? I have seen metal bars for sale to cover the windows but I’ve never been anywhere that has them. I will say that most places I’ve been that had windows they were high enough up it wasn’t so much of an issue.
Secondly my back walls don’t come up very far right now, it’s just the metal siding and interior structure showing beyond a certain height. How tall should these walls be? Part of me thinks the back walls should cover anywhere my horses can reach. Most barns I’ve seen it goes at least up to head height or more.
Thanks in advance for the help everyone!