Horse Barn Enclosure
Horse Barn Enclosure
1. A horse barn comprising a multiplicity of modular stall units, stall modules arebeing constructed of a plurality of rectangular wall panel sections formed of a four-sided metal channel member framing a row of planks connected together by interlocking joints along their lateral edges and reinforced by tensioned tie bar means connecting a pair of opposes edges of said channel member.
2. The horse barn construction is wherein the walls stall modules form a substantially regular octagon with the width of said wall panel sections being sufficiently short to prevent casting of a horse stabled therein.
3. The horse barn construction of stall units are arranged in a pair of abutting rows with each two-by-two array of units forming a diamond-shaped enclosure in the interior of said array with access to said enclosure being provided by a door opening in at least one of said wall panel sections forming said enclosure.
4. The horse barn constructed of panel wall sections in a stall module are arranged to form an enclosed self-standing polygon with the vertical edges of channel members of respective adjacent sections being fastened directly to each other and the bottom edges of said channel members being connected to respective anchor plates secured to fittings formed in the floor of said barn.
5. The horse barn construction of modular stall units are arranged in a row and a flat horizontal subroof is provided covering said stall enclosures and supported upon the upper edges of said wall panel sections.
6. A horse barn construction wherein an upper roof is provided above said subroof forming an enclosed storage area there between, upper roof being supported on a plurality of trusses spaced along the length of said row of stall units.
7. A horse barn comprising a multiplicity of octagonal-shaped modular stall units arranged in a pair of abutting rows with each two-by-two array of units forming a diamond-shaped enclosure in the interior of said array, with access to enclosure being provided by a door opening in at least one of the walls forming the enclosure.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION:
The present invention is directed to a prefabricated multiple-stall horsebarn which can be readily assembled at the site from modular sections and thereafter, if desired, broken down for transportation and re-erection at a different site. In addition to the foregoing features, the design herein proposed possesses several additional distinctive features and advantages over the prior art.
At racetracks, state and local fairs, rodeos, ranches, horsebreeding farms and other places where there is a need for multiple-horse stall facilities, the present exorbitant and ever- increasing cost of conventional building techniques mandates, for an economical, profitable plant, the use in new horse barn construction of prefabricated (i.e., off-site) modular sections which can be readily assembled into a finished barn structure at the site by relatively unskilled personnel. Because of the rigors to which the barn structure is subjected in use, it is necessary that, notwithstanding its prefabricated nature, the structure be sturdy, easily repairable and of long life.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION:
The horse barn of the present invention comprises a plurality of individual stalls which are formed of prefabricated wall and door sections each comprised of tongue-and-groove wood slates reinforced with a series of tie rods and framed by channel iron members. These modular wall and door sections are secured together and to floor anchors by welding.
The stalls can feasibly be arrayed in serial abutting alignment in one or more rows extending the length of the roof structure. The rows themselves may be arranged either in abutting pairs or with individual rows separated by a walkway.
The individual horse stalls are preferably of octagonal configuration in order to avoid casting of the horse in the stall. Casting occurs when a horse lays down to roll over on its back and in the process rolls up against an obstacle, such as a wall. In such a situation the horse may not attempt to right himself by rolling back over, but may instead remain on its back braced up against the wall. If the horse lies on its back in this position for any prolonged period of time, the stomach fluids drain into the lungs and, if the horse is not soon righted, this will cause drowning. Injuries other than self-suffocation can also be sustained by the horse in casting, and in addition there are substantial dangers to trainers and handlers attempting to assist the horse in returning to the upright position. By utilizing an eight-sided wall configuration for the stall, rather than the conventional rectangular or square arrangement, there is no sheer vertical surface of sufficient extent against which the horse can roll over on its back into a braced position and be unable to right himself. The octagonal-shaped stall has a further advantage in that a diamond-shaped enclosure is created in each two-by-two array of four abutting stalls which can be used as a tack room for storing bridles, harnesses, blankets, clothing and the like.
The site is typically prepared for receiving the barn structure by pouring either a concrete floor or imbedding concrete footings therein to receive the anchoring plates for holding and securing together the various modular wall and door sections of the stall sub-unit.
A flat subroof is provided over the top of the stall array for storage of hay and other feed which can be pitched, as needed, through openings above the individual stalls and down onto the floor. If desired, a separate upper roof structure, extending beyond the exteriors of the stall array and supported on either cantilevered trusses or on more conventional vertical leg type trusses can also be provided as a protective covering over the barn structure. A turnbuckle-and-rod arrangement is utilized in the roof design to give rigidity to the modular stall structure.
It is therefore a principal objective of the present invention to provide a new, improved and economical horse barn of modular, prefabricated construction which can be readily assembled at the site with relatively unskilled labor and thereafter can be disassembled for transportation and re-erection at a new site.
It is a principal feature of the present invention to provide a new and improved form of prefabricated modular horse barn comprises of reinforced wall and door sections which have sufficient strength and rigidity to survive the rigors of long and hard use.
It is a further feature of the present invention to provide a horse barn comprised of a plurality of stalls of octagonal configuration so as to minimize casting and thereby reduce the likelihood of serious injury or death to the horses stabled therein.
It is an advantage of the octagonal stall design of the horse barn of the present invention that a diamond-shaped enclosure is created within each group of four abutting stalls which is usable for storage of tack and for other purposes.
The foregoing and other objectives, features and advantages of the present invention will be more readily understood upon consideration of the following detailed description of the invention taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.