I am building a horse facility for my daughter on 9 acres. It will have 6 stall barn with all the bells and whistles. I am not a horse person, so I read and consult with local horse people as much as I can, but am still looking for more opinions on the issue of the type of flooring for the run-in shed.
The shed will be 30X12 and fully open on one side with an extended roof over the front. It will sit on a somewhat sloped field at the crest of a small hill. The soil has a fair amount of shale, so I believe there is good drainage. I plan for a nelson 760 horse waterer for the whole pasture 25-50 feet away.
I plan to have the horses (perhaps a pony or donkey) in pasture as much as possible.
The field has a total south facing with no shade. I am in south central Pa., so we at times get both hot and cold weather. I have no concept of how much the horses will use the shed for shade or to simply get out of the wind.
The builder is planning for a concrete floor, but I am skeptical to the degree that it will be advantageous for cleaning purposes, as will the horses be in it that much that there will be that much to clean? My thought was to just leave it as dirt with no bedding at all, as we have stalls in the barn for extended housing of the animals.
Thanks for your thoughts!