Looking for input from those who have done work/construction on their own barns. Or really input from horse owners in general. I am trying to find a composite stall siding that would be appropriate for lining the walls of a pre-existing structure in an attempt to turn it in to a safe foaling barn. I have heard of buying sheets of composite stall siding that is used to sandwich wooden boards so the horses don’t have access to chew the wood. I’m needing a siding that easily and effectively sanitized. I thought priefert made these sheets, but I can’t find them. I’m not interested in putting up pre-made stall dividers for two reasons; 1) I don’t care to spend $1200+ on a divider that I can essentially make myself; 2) I am building within a pre-existing shed and working with some really wonky dimensions, so the cost would go up even more. Also thinking about doing concrete blocks for dividers, but I can’t feasibly do concrete blocks on the walls without losing a lot of floor space. The walls are unfinished with exposed cross bracing, and about 10 inches of jagged/less-than-perfect exposed concrete foundation. Ideally I would like to fill the wall in with insulation and put a siding over it in attempt to not lose too space.
Also looking for ideas on floor footing and drainage. For sanitary purposes I’m thinking about doing concrete floors with crushed limestone on top for cushion, and mats on top of that. I cannot do just limestone on top of the pre-existing dirt as my property apparently has clostridium in the dirt, and it is believed that the spores will percolate up through any other top dirt/organic material/whatnot, and that concrete is the only safe way to go. So thoughts on drainage/cushion between the concrete and mats/etc would be appreciated.
Pros? Cons? Lessons learned?
Thank you in advance.