With the extreme heat that Viginia has been experiencing barn design becomes even more important. What features should you look for to make sure that your horses can stay comfortable on these 90+ degree days? One of the first things to look for is plenty of ventilation. Center aisle ways with large doors at either end can allow for air flow, particularly if combined with windows or dutch doors in the back of each stall that can be open in the summer and closed in the winter. Open soffits are also a good idea to give ventilation in all kinds of weather. Additional helpful features are roof vents and large exhaust fans in the peak. Plenty of electric outlets to provide power for individual fans in each stall are essential.
Don’t forget the comfort of your pasture horses who might live out 24-7. At the very least you want to have some large trees so that they have access to shade at all hours of the day. Even better are large runin sheds which can provide shelter in all seasons. Of course, there needs to be access to water as well. Creeks are great, but during drought years many creeks will be low or dry up altogether so automatic waterers or proximity of water spigots are essential.
There is a nice selection of horse properties on the market and I even have one with river frontage and the perfect spot for enjoying splashing in the river with your horses.