Wow, the barn is finished! The Tri-County Barn crew did a fantastic job. Today, after they installed all the final pieces, they spent hours power washing the roof, the exterior walls and the stalls.
And the barn even came with a wash rack! They installed it on the front porch -- that will definitely come in handy for doing hydro-therapy on the rehab horses.
We still need to wire the barn for electricity and tie in the water for internal plumbing. And Denis is coming back to smooth out the foundation and blend it into the surrounding pasture. He will also add more dirt to the south side of the barn, where we hope to soon attach small pens or traps to the stalls.
The LOPE Ranch has always been a pasture-only facility -- for the past four years, we've had to say no to horses needing stall rest. It's so exciting to see the LOPE barn standing in the pasture, waiting for the first injured horse to arrive.
The barn won't have to wait long either -- a horse with a sesamoid fracture is due to arrive here on Saturday. Stay tuned for more details -- this horse is very special!
Thank you again to the Malone family for donating such a wonderful rehab barn to LOPE!