We are new to horse ownership, I am the typical 30 somthing gal that was horse crazy as a kid and teen but couldn't get my own horse. We have 2 horses we got this spring and summer now that we have space and money for them and I am finding as much as I thought I knew, I know nothing about actually owning horses! HUGE difference between just riding and owning some! Steep learning curve that I am sooooo happy to have. :) I love these guys. Even if they might bankrupt me. Lol.
We have a 30X50 or 60 shop/barn that leads right into the pasture. Has the fold up garage doors on either side. It is now maybe 2 yo. Just a big wide open space with electric. I would like to make the end that opens into the pasture as a run in for the horses. I just think feeding time would be so much easier in bad weather and it is a potential stall area for them. The supports for the shop are 10 feet apart. Width is 30ft. First, as a run in should we go 10 feet or 20 feet? There is no where in the middle, with the supports it is one or the other. And my husband needs his "shop" area as well.
Also, if it is safe and possible we would like to use round pen panels to fence it off. Attatched to the shop supports and possibly the ground. Is this possible? We would need a get in their area as well so a gate would be in order.
And finally it is concrete flooring. Is this safe or ok? Our thought for this run in is feed in there. A place for them to get out of weather since they don't seem to want to go to the leanto on the other end of the property. A space to enclose should an injury indiacate stall rest. (which would entail a few more panels to make an actual stall.)
For this kind of use do we need to mat and bed the run in? I wish I had a pic of what I am talking about. But it is basically a big metal garage, and I want to use the back end for the horses. Block it off for them so they don't escape but my husband can use the rest of it for his projects and to work on the cars as needed.