Another HOT day here at The Lazy Vegan...making it really hard to summon up any energy to do any work outdoors. So, I didn't! Other than going out to measure the current little donkey barn and then the cabin and compare measurements...the cabin is nearly nine feet bigger and definitely more spacious. It is not out of question that we could renovate the cabin that is close to our bedroom & make it the new donkey barn...I would feel much better having the boys that much closer! Randy said we could always take the upstairs bedroom and give Paco & Luigi the master bedroom downstairs...not a bad idea at all! While researching barns I came across some sites with plans for a combo house/barn- so people can live with their horses! For now the idea of a new barn must remain just that- an idea.
Also today I stumbled upon website after website with more mountain lion stories...WOW. The stories are definitely out there and I'm just glad that mine ended up being pretty simple- I still keep thinking about what MIGHT have happened and can't believe I went back outside three times- and with a camera! Anyway, more stories toward bottom of the blog- they're not graphic, just close encounters...
If you can try to look around all the junk stored in the cabin, you can see how roomy it is. And the floor is cement- PERFECT for a barn (we'd put down the stall mats and pine shavings on top, of course).
The french doors could be replaced with a real barn door.
And look how close it is to our bedroom!
Solo helped me measure the current little barn.
I tried giving Paco and Luigi a carrot today. They're just not big fans of carrots. I think this is unusual for a donkey!
Weegie loves to scratch an itch on the bench!
Solo has the front row seat for the view and cool breeze.
One happy donkey.
My reading material!
Bravo is concerned about me- too much mountain lion worrying!
Some mountain lion close encounters...
Here is a photo of a house/barn combo- the living quarters are above:
This is hilarious!
Living with Horses - Literally!
Story by Kay Whittington
Many horse owners are bringing their horses “home” by building houses with attached barns. Here are some things you should consider before you join this growing trend.
For anyone responsible for the daily care of horses, a house and barn combination offers many conveniences. You can perform routine chores such as feeding and medical care while being protected from the weather. One owner of a combination facility said, “I don’t like rain, I don’t like mud and I don’t like cold. This facility comes as close as you can get to turning horsekeeping into an indoor activity.”
Breeders have even more advantages. Foal-watch duties are simplified when you can step out of your house directly into the barn—a huge improvement over a cot in the barn aisle on a cold night. The same is true when handling any medical situation that requires constant vigilance or round-the-clock care.
When your house and barn are attached, you will hear noises from the barn when you are in the house. While this could be annoying during a suspenseful episode of Law & Order, it can be a blessing when a horse gets cast in his stall and the noise of his thrashing against the wall allows you to reach him before he hurts himself.
Such facilities have less-obvious benefits also. Gil Ryan, an owner of a combination facility, said that the barn’s wide aisle way makes a great place for the Ryans’ small children to play when the horses are all in stalls or turned out and serves as a perfect place to entertain friends without regard to the weather.
Rudy and Benita Watkins keep Arabians in their combination facility and enjoy having their horses so close that they actually have a window from their bedroom that opens into one of the stalls. One of their horses would knock on the window so that Rudy and Benita would open it and the horse would “watch TV” with them.
Combination facilities primarily come in two styles. One places the living quarters and the barn on a single level, with the house and barn sharing one or more walls. The second places the living quarters above the barn, using its loft space. A lesser-used split-level style keeps some part of the living quarters on the ground floor but extends to a second floor in the barn’s loft area.
Many who have built one of these facilities love it and have no regrets about the decisions they made to build it. However, you should be aware of disadvantages to this kind of facility, most of them financial.
Dennis Rusch of Morton Buildings said that about 5% of the barns Morton constructs each year contain attached living quarters. Often these consist of small apartments, but some incorporate full-size houses into their plans. Whenever a client asks for a house and barn combination, Morton account representatives discuss some of the problems to ensure that clients are aware of the potential drawbacks. They emphasize four main areas of concern: 1) future marketability, 2) loan difficulties, 3) insurance and 4) noise and odor control.