We're about to take the plunge and get our own horses again. We have about 1 acre good pasture, with an additional 1/2 acre that I'm going to disc and drag ad use for training, and we've made a flat spot for a shelter. But now the big debate: what kind of shelter?
I know I want a 3-sided run-in shed. I also want a roof overhang off the front for a "covered porch" for them to stand outside and enjoy shade and cover from rain.
How big should it be for 2 horses? I've been thinking 12x24. My logic has been that a stall is about 12x10, so for 2 horses, it should be twice that. That way, if they need to be fed separately, we can turn both halves into stalls and it will be the right size.
I'm now thinking that's overkill. If a horse is injured and needs to be isolated, or needs to be fed separately, only that horse needs to be stalled up in the shelter. The other one would be happy outside under the roof. I remember when I was a kid, our horses had a shed about 12x12, and in the summertime, all 5 would pile in there happy as could be and swish flies.
Can you guys give some recommendations for a good size for a shelter for 2 horses? How big should the 3-sided section be. How much covered area out front. What should be the minimum height of trusses and gables to avoid anyone hitting their head if they get fruity?
Any good ideas for what to do with the ground in the shed to keep it from getting muddy in Washington in the Wintertime? It's going in a well-drained area. We're thinking of putting a base of drainage-rock underneath a layer of packed soil.
It would be great if you could include any pictures of a simple shed that works well for you to give me some ideas.