Ok, this is related to the other post I placed............ My concept is the run-in shed or "place" would be for "temporary' shelter only while the horse is in pasture. I do plan to keep the horses in pasture as much as possible. I do not plan to provide any feeding, water, etc.. in the shed. I plan to keep it open with no stall dividers. Just a place for them to go to get out of the elements.
I see canvas covered steel pipe framework "run-in sheds" advertised. Compared with most designs they seem "flimsy", but they would fit the need from my my "philosophy" of what a run-in shed should provide.
Then again I am not a horse person.
Currently where my daughter boards there are no run-in sheds, but there are fence rows where they can get out of the wind as well as shade.
Do you folks think these "flimsy" sheds will work?
That wouldn't last a day here if the wind was up. Even if it was mostly calm, I wouln't give a structure like that 6 months if you have any weather at all. I would construct something out of wood or metal sheeting and make it horse friendly and nice enough looking to resell if I were going to put something up. Or, I'd buy the horses some good sheets/blankets and not worry about a fixed shelter until the permanent one was up.
I had something similar to this.. Mine lasted a year and a half in a VERY windy area and 10 horses. It would've lasted longer if we had installed all the anchors but my husband got lazy. As long as they are secured as directed they wouldn't go anywhere. They do need to be tightened every couple months too. They got us by until we were able to build more permanent shelters. Hope that helps!
ETA: Ours finally succumbed in a really bad storm.. in fact several metal shelters in near by farms (like stout 20x40 2 sided metal shelters) also were blown apart.
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Last edited by starlinestables; 03-29-2012 at 04:22 AM.