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post #31 of 50 Old 10-05-2013, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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It would be best to give moe room. 8 feet is not much for horses to move around/fuss. We have about 30 feet from the shelter to our pen and ring.
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That would probably change with time. Would 12-15 ft be Ok for two horses?
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That would probably change with time. Would 12-15 ft be Ok for two horses?
I think that would be fine for two horses. Your main concern with any building for horses is that one horse doesn't get trapped by another.
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I think that would be fine for two horses. Your main concern with any building for horses is that one horse doesn't get trapped by another.
Would that be possible with only two horses that like each other?
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Would that be possible with only two horses that like each other?
Even best buddies fuss with each other at times.

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Even best buddies fuss with each other at times.
VERY true. You want both to be able to get out if one has a go at the other. The LAST think you want is for them to get into a fight and one gets pinned by the other one with no means to get away.
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VERY true. You want both to be able to get out if one has a go at the other. The LAST think you want is for them to get into a fight and one gets pinned by the other one with no means to get away.
And it's not pretty when it happens. Even when the trapped horse can escape relatively unharmed, it often winds up getting scraped/cut up by every rough spot on the walls/posts/etc during the escape. More room is always better. Our lead and boss mares take whatever spots they want, typically all the way in the shelter, and the others take whatever is left, but they never pick a spot where they could get trapped...and all our horses get along fine.
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And it's not pretty when it happens. Even when the trapped horse can escape relatively unharmed, it often winds up getting scraped/cut up by every rough spot on the walls/posts/etc during the escape. More room is always better. Our lead and boss mares take whatever spots they want, typically all the way in the shelter, and the others take whatever is left, but they never pick a spot where they could get trapped...and all our horses get along fine.
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I have experience on both sides of this. My mare IS the lead mare. Hands down, in every herd she's placed with. The exception was when we moved her the first time. It shot her confidence and she dropped to lowest of the pecking order. The BO went out one day and saw her, a monster 17 hand draft cross, pinned against the corner of the shelter and getting the CRAP kicked out of her with both hind hooves of one of the other horses.

When she moved again (BO rented a new barn) this flipped. She stepped up to the plate and she now rules with an iron hoof no matter where we move her (and she moves a lot with me). If another horse is in the shelter and SHE wants it, they leave when they see her coming.

If they didn't have a way out, I can see it getting nasty.
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One ten foot long side is completely open. I read that for two horses a 12x12 ft shelter would work. Two feet isn't such a big defference...
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This website says a 12X18 ft shelter is usually adequate for three horses..
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One ten foot long side is completely open. I read that for two horses a 12x12 ft shelter would work. Two feet isn't such a big defference...
With a completely open side, you'll be fine. Ours is 10x30 for 5 horses and there are no problems.
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