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Jesse’s Barn


By Nancy Brannon, Ph.D.

Jesse Freyaldenhoven, the new AmeriStall dealer in west Tennessee, has built a demonstration barn on his property in Brighton, TN to showcase many of the features that he can include in custom built barns for his customers. Jesse is the owner of Rustic Construction and he can build just about anything folks want – not only in barns, but also house and outbuilding construction.

This particular barn, built to house three or four horses, highlights many of AmeriStall’s quality features. It is all metal construction, including framing, except for the wood slats in the kick stalls and tack room. The roof is a raised center aisle design with sidelights to allow more natural light into the barn. “This is the only all-metal barn designed for horses,” Jesse said. “The siding and trim work ate 26 gauge metal.”

One of Jesse’s trademarks is the concrete footings he pours all around the walls. They are for structural support, “Plus they keep the bottom boards from rotting by keeping manure, urine, and moisture away from the wood,” Jesse explained.

An innovative design Jesse has used in this barn is the rotating tack room wall. “You can hand your saddles and saddle racks and mucking equipment on one side of the wall. When not in use, it is in the tack room. When you’re ready to saddle up or muck stalls, just rotate the wall and they face the aisle way for convenient use,” he said.

With any barn he builds, Jesse puts equine safety foremost, “I’m very particular about it,” he said. So he includes features in his barns to keep horses from getting hurt or hurting each other. For example, “One stall shows the double safety grill with a double set of bars. These keep horses from nosing each other that can lead to biting or kicking each other.” Even with a single row of bars, the bars are set close enough to keep feet from getting caught in the bars should a horse rear in the stall.

Stalls can be any size: 10’ X 10’ or 12’ x 12’ or 14’ X 12’ or another combination. Jesse has built a double stall 12’X 24’ for his mare who is ready to foal. He has designed the walls so that the double stall can be converted to two single stalls 12’ X 12’ “in less than 15 minutes,” he said.

Stall boards are 1 1/2” tongue-n-groove stained pine. On the inside of the main barn doors they are 1” thick. “This gives a nicer look to the doors,” he said. If a horse kicks a board, repairs are easy. “Just remove a couple of bolts, remove the grill, replace the boards, then replace the grill,” he said. “On the outside walls, just pull the boards out of their slots until you get to one needing replacing, replace it, and then replace the other boards.

Options for stalls include built-in, pull-out hay racks and feeders. But for Jesse’s personal horses, “All stalls will have Pre-Vent Feeders.” He likes these feeders because they prevent horses from bolting feed and slow down their eating.
Jesse continued, “For the electrical wiring, we use MC cable in aluminum casing. Mice won’t eat this like they do Romex, which can cause barn fires. We keep the electrical conduit tight and hidden so that it mostly blends in with the barn.”

The barn aisle floor is pea gravel and black limestone mixture, with two center drains that go out to a curtain drain. He can set up drainage from the barn according to site needs.

For water, a single freeze-proof faucet is used. He has created a pea gravel area just under the faucet so that when the faucet is shut off, the last few drips go into pea gravel, rather than on the aisle floor.

Gutters are integrated into the roof edges, “With a 1 ½” gap that prevents leaves, limbs, and debris from entering the gutter.” The metal is bent around the wall to hide the gutter trough, so you get a smooth roof line. There is wainscot on the front for added esthetics.

For fencing, Jesse likes to use electrobraid, which is elastic is a horse hits it, but electrified to keep horses off it. He sets the corner posts in concrete, but doesn’t like to set the other posts in concrete. “It’s important to drain moisture away from the posts and you can’t do this very well when they’re set in concrete. Draining the water away from the posts makes the last longer.”

Jesse said he decided to become an AmeriStall dealer because he was impressed with the quality of the products. “It’s impressive. It’s classy. It’s quality and will last for years!” Financing is available for any of the AmeriStall barns that Jesse builds.

Jesse can be reached at Rustic Construction (901) 413-7405. AmeriStall is owned by South West Metal Systems of Sanger and Mineola, Texas. For more information, visit

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