The search began to find a contractor that could build a
barn and keep the expenses within my budget. After talking to
several companies I ended up hiring Wendell Cook, from Wendell Cook
Barns. That proved to be an EXCELLENT decision. The barn
that they built exceeded my expectations.
Materials were delivered. It sure
didn't look like enough stuff to build a 30 X 40 barn.
The wall began to go up a few days later
during a small snow storm.
Starting to take shape. The post we
sunk into the ground approximately 30 - 36 inches and concreted. The
regular Oklahoma winds aren't going to blow this barn down.
Wendell's attention to detail was
excellent. He used the extra ends of the 5 by 5 posts to reinforce
The siding is going up.
Wendell's job is done. It took about
two weeks from start to finish and that included some bad weather
The outside of the barn is finished.
Next we hauled in several loads of dirt to level the inside of the
My husband and I put up 3/4 inch plywood all around the
barn as a kick plate to put the stall against.
We brought in screening (crushed gravel) as a final base under the
I called Randy at Northeast
Gate company to design the stalls for the barn. Randy was
great to work with and was willing to do any size stall that I
I designed the floor plan of what I wanted
inside my barn. I designed a total of 8 stalls and a grooming/tack
I had 2 foaling stalls that measure 10 X 10.
They both have sliding doors that open into a small private paddock area
for the mares and their babies.
Small paddock area for the mares and their
foals to stretch their legs until they are strong enough to run with the
Four stalls are 8 X 10 and one other is 7
Some of the stalls have solid metal sides for more privacy and others
are open. All the fronts of the stalls are horse wire that is 2 x
4 inches so that the horses can see each other when being stalled.
Randy designed a stall area that only the
dogs would be able to enter. I have had a lot of trouble with
mini's eating the dog food. Anything I could design that the dogs
could enter, my smaller mini's could enter, too and help them self to
the dog food. This stall gate has a sliding door that is
adjustable. The dogs love having an area just for
The 15 X 10 ft. grooming area, has a contain a
floor with a drain, warm water
and an air conditioner for the hot summer months.