Barn design: calculating gravel

I’m continuing to work out details on a possible retirement home for the Big Guy. I write possible because things continue to change, most for the good but some sticking points that have to be resolved.

Overall, I am looking for more pasture for him, senior companionship (preferably male), and reduction in board so I can buy him some better supplements. He would be retired from anything but the most casual of riding at a walk.


8 minutes from hubbys’ work; 14 from home.

Private pasture with no other boarders.

Deadend road, backs onto city land with trails.

Will be fed twice a day.

Close enough I can keep a better eye on how he is faring.


Big Guy needs another companion. I may end up buying another horse 😦

Property needs some major fence work, which is taking time right now on deciding type and figuring price.

Property needs a water line and electrical line laid.

Now, one of the things I want to put in is some gravel forming an apron (pink gray in the diagram) around the run in shed (which is 12×36). The gravel would extend from the front (south) entrance about 20′ and on the sides about 8-10′.

Mats would be inside the run-in shed, extending four feet outwards from the roofline such as one line of 4×12 (stall #1) and then a 4×14 and 4×12 to wrap stall #2.

Roughly a 32′ x 44′ rectangle of gravel (either screenings or crusher run) with a depth of about 6 inches. There is a really neat online calculator here where you can convert square feet into cubic yards which is helpful not only for arena dirt but also calculating amount of gravel needed in cubic yards which I will then convert to tons.

For example, I end up with 1408 square feet or 26.07 cubic yards for a 6″ depth. The next conversion calculation gives me roughly 7 tons. Next I’ve got to go price it out and decide what type of gravel….

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4 Responses to Barn design: calculating gravel

  1. Maybe you could find someone else with a gelding that needs a retirement home and collaborate with them? Just a thought – I know that people tend to be more difficult thanj horses.

  2. Isn’t it always the people that cause the problems.

    • horseideology says:

      Yeah. We’ll see how it works out. We have a four day holiday here so I’m just going to enjoy it. What will be, will be.

      I do want to move Big Guy there but companionship is the biggest issue for me.

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