horse barn planning
I'm new to this forum. We are in the process of planning to bring our 3 horses home. We plan on having them outside 24/7 (they are in rough board right now and do well in the winter outside), but will be building a barn as well. We plan to have 3 stalls, just in case one gets sick or we need them for a future reason. We want to make the barn big enough that we have some open space to do some groundwork/training inside, but don't have the $ to do a big arena sized barn. So my thought was to put the stalls along with a tack room on one side and keep the rest wide open for doing horse training when the weather outside isn't nice.
We are either going to use the area above the stalls and make that a hay loft (since the horses will not be kept in their normally) or possibly overhanging the roof and enclosing that area to store hay.
So my big questions would be:
1. Possible barn sizes to have a few stalls and some area for groundwork/training. Smallest possible and/or ideal size that you think would be best.
2. Hay storage - thoughts or ideas?
3. What would you change about your barn?
4. What do you love about your barn?
5. What do you wish you had put in now that you "know more".
Any and all thoughts are welcome - thanks!!!