In Their Own Words
"I run a horse rescue farm and have a metal pole type barn. I lost a horse last year because of the heat and my neighbor lost hers this year. My barn gets really hot and I need to find a way to keep it cooler as I need at times to bring horses in for the vet or the farrier. Is it possible to install this insulation over the metal and wood framing? Is it possible for beginners to do so (I cannot afford to hire someone)?"
Using our recommendation, Gail ordered two rolls of Double Sided Econo-E. With these rolls, she covered the inside sunny sided walls. Because the insulation was added on the inside, Gail used old tarps to protect it from the horses.
Doing the installation was a group of beginners - Gail, a girl friend from work and two young men from church. With Gail's ideas on how to attach the insulation, the group made short work of the project. Something they noticed as the walls were being insulation, "the barn started cooling down". This not only made Gail happy, but it also made me happy. I now knew my recommendation was correct.
The last weekend in September, my wife and I traveled to Kentucky so we could visit with Gail. This was a working visit. I asked Gail if there were any problems that I might help with. With the insulation installed, her next problem to work on were the "birds" nesting in the barn. Gail explained birds were nesting in roof fans that no longer worked. I told her the way I would fix these would be to remove the motor/blades. She thought that this might work.
Let me explain something...when you entered the barn the wind tunnel effect was unbelievable. The wind going through the barn would move straw around, it was so strong. As I removed the motor/blades of the first fan and cleaned out the straw I noticed something, the wind blowing was not as strong. I continued with the other three fans removing the motor/blades. The wind tunnel effect went away. Without the straw packed into the fans, the natural draft was working. It was a good day.
With the sunny sided walls insulated and the fans cleaned out, Gail has one last project to complete. She now needs to have her band of merry volunteers insulate the roof area. Again, this will be done from the inside. With a center ridge vent, there will be enough air movement to draw the hot air to the outside.
With the barn insulated, Gail will be assured the horses will have a dry and comforatable place to stay.
Because Gail does all of this out of her own pocket, I was wondering if any of you would like to contribute to her horse rescue farm. The extra money would allow her the opportunity to help additional horses. If you would e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I would be happy to forward your e-mail address to Gail.
Here is some information about the two horses she has with her right now...
Swiss (Leopard Appaloosa) is virtually blind. Everyone wants her until they learn she only has a small amount of shadow vision.
Babe (Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse) has a rough time. She was severely beaten. Now her disposition has become sweeter. She is the best horse to use to lead for little kids to ride.
Gail explains a little about horse rescue work...
"I have gone through thirty-nine horses so far. Most were adopted out to good homes. A few lasted only a short time due to illness or severe pain. I have pretty much had to stop now as I have run out of money and rescue work is expensive. It is almost $200 right off the bat for the vet, then there is the farrier for the feet and teeth, special feeds, vitamins, shots, blood tests to make sure their kidneys are still working because of starvation, etc. Next there is therapy, patience and a lot of TLC to retrain the hurses to trust people. A lot of them are kickers, biters, super shy and jumpy because they have been so badly mistreated and require 2 to 4 years of work before they are safe for someone else to handle and ride. The ones that are only starved just need good food and they are ready to go in a few months."