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post #1 of 5 Old 08-13-2012, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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Shelter for a mini - garden shed?

I am looking at building a shelter for my mini while in the paddock, she has a tree for shade but would like somewhere dry for her to hang out when its raining. I was reading on another website where someone had suggested using a garden shed instead of building one and after looking at brand new ones it would end up costing less than buying timber. It would be one of those metal floorless ones, has anyone ever used one with success? The only issues I can think of is that it would probably heat up a bit although i would have it under a tree in the shade. Nothing for her to chew on and no sharp edges, plus it would be tall enough for me to clean standing up and be heavy enough that it wouldnt blow over in heavy wind.

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I don't have experience with one, but that sounds like it would do the trick. It would just be a run-in shed, right? Not for keeping them contained like a stall?
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-17-2012, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, it would just be for a shelter from the rain, would either try and find one with a sliding door or just take the door off completely so she can come and go.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-17-2012, 09:21 AM
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Yeah I think that would work well. Our three-sided shelter is corrugated steel on a wooden frame - probably similar to the garden shed, it's just much bigger (it's also for our large horses, not just minis).

Is there just one mini that will be using it? One thing I've heard is that the doorway should be quite large, both so the horse doesn't feel trapped (being scaredy-cat herbivores they like to be able to see around them a lot) and also if there are multiple animals if they start to squabble then it's harder for one of them to get pinned in a corner.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-17-2012, 09:30 AM
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I used a rubber maid garden shed (the tough plastic kind) for four large sheep, I can't imagen why it wouldn't work for one little mini, it would be tall enough, it even had a little vent in the back, with wide doors.
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