This set up is not really intended to be my permanent arrangement. I just need something that will serve its purpose for the next 2-3 years. Therefore, I need to find the perfect intersection between safety/effectiveness, budget-friendliness, and quick set up time. So here are my questions:
1) How large should a run in shelter be for 3 horses? (It is more likely that I will only have 2 horses -- mine and a retiree companion, but I would prefer to build with just enough flexibility to be able to shelter one extra if needed.)
2) How large should my dry lot/sacrifice area be for 3 horses? Am I likely to need to put down gravel or something to prevent it from becoming a mud pit?
3) What should the flooring of my shelter consist of? I have considered putting down gravel and perhaps some sand on top... or would gravel with rubber mats on top be better?
4) Is it more economical to look into pre-built shelters or "kits"? Or more economical to hire someone to help build a shelter from scratch?
Actually, I probably have about 100 other "little" questions... but these are the main ones for now. I would really appreciate any input or advice that can be offered.