Instead of building a barn with stalls and keeping my horse inside all the time, I'm building a run-in shed for her.
The plan so far:
The run-in will be 12 feet by 24 feet, with part of it totally enclosed with a door for storage (just a 6 by 12 foot room on the end). That leaves an open "stall" that will be 12 feet by 18 feet.
I plan on the shed being fully enclosed on 3 sides and the front side to be mostly enclosed with a large opening for her to go in and out (a little bigger than a stall door, but there will be no stall door there). The roof with be slanted toward the back.
I plan on having a few feet of overhang off the front (like an awning).
It will be contsructed of square 4x4' post in the ground with 2x4's nailed to the posts. The roof will be made of tin metal. The inside will have a 3/4 inch plywood kickboard halfway up the wall (to prevent injuries from kicking the walls).
The footing will be compacted dirt with bedding on top.
The thing i'm having problems with is the windows...
I know I want some sort of window/opening for ventilation and light (I don't want any type of dark smelly room for her). I want it to be light and airy.
People have suggested only building the walls 1/2 way up and enclosing the top half with some sort of screen or chicken wire.
Others have suggested building the walls all the way up, but leaving spaces to frame "windows" made of metal bars, screens, or chicken wire.
What I don't understand: The point of the shelter is to have a place for her to escape the elements. If the walls are built only halfway up and covered with materials like wire, wouldn't the rain, snow and wind just flow right in? And even with "windows" and full walls wouldn't the elements still be able to get into her shelter?
Any advice, tips, warnings and/or suggestions?