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post #1 of 10 Old 09-28-2010, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Building a Run-In Shed

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?

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-28-2010, 09:16 PM
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Horses go into the dark areas to escape flies as flies do not like the dark so I would not want it open and airy. One whole side will be open that is enough. If they want open and airy they can go outside. Yes rain and snow would come in if the sides are not enclosed. It should also face south for the opening and I would make the whole south open not just a few feet. If it is just 1 horse I would make the stall smaller and have more storage.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-30-2010, 12:27 PM
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You can easily build it w/ the barred window or just an open frame. Then you will build a wood panel that hinges at the frame to close during the harsh weather. It will have a hook at the opposite side of the hinge to keep closed or open as you see fit.
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-30-2010, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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The hinged window idea does sound ideal, although... The place I keep my horse is about a half hour away from my house so I wouldn't be able to just run over and shut the windows when the weather was getting bad.

So the contruction will either have to be open and airy or closed and dark.
I would like open and airy, but don't want the rain and snow to get in.

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You could leave a foot at the top open with chicken wire type stuff so that there is still air circulation going through, but the overhang covers up so that elements are not getting in.

You should also possiblue think about having a double dutch door so that if you need to, you could close your horse in the stall, but she can still see out. (Ie. you are bringing hay into the barn) Or if she needs to be stalled for other reasons.

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Use passive solar design... Leave the south side completely open but with a deep (5 ft.) roof overhang. The overhang will protect against rain and snow in the winter and provide shade in the summer. The wind only blows from the south in the spring/summer when the extra breeze will be beneficial. (I'm assuming you live in the northern hemisphere). If you want to be able to keep your horse inside you can fence off part of the opening and use a gate.
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The hinged window idea does sound ideal, although... The place I keep my horse is about a half hour away from my house so I wouldn't be able to just run over and shut the windows when the weather was getting bad.

So the contruction will either have to be open and airy or closed and dark.
I would like open and airy, but don't want the rain and snow to get in.
It snows in Louisiana?
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-06-2010, 12:35 AM
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We just ordered a fabric loafing shed for $650 which is $100 cheaper than materials for a metal one. Its a green dome thing that is as tall as the ones we built previously and you steak them down. The advantage of these is it actually provides more coverage and you can move them around so they don't create a muddy pit in them.. OH and their safe. Fabric can't chop of a leg like metal, wood and chicken wire.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-06-2010, 02:15 AM
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It has snowed a little here in Louisiana twice a year maybe for the past few years. Not much.
We are in the process of building a run in as I type. It is being built 12x24 so that it can become 2 12x12 stalls as my barn in the next year. The rain here can be icky, and it gets really hot, so I'd like to be able to stall them 12 a day next summer. We are doing as was suggested by someone, leaving an overhang. That way our windows can be open.
My hubby plans for the windows to be on slides so they can be closed if need be.
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