Here's the thing. I live in southern Alberta and I'm bording my horse with no specific horse shelter, lots of trees though and great wind breaks so the wind is never bad (the wind in town could be blowing 20 miles and out there is just a whisp). If I want a horse shelter I have to build it out of my pocket ($500.00 - $3000.00).
What do you guys think? Do I need to have a specific horse shelter or would all the mature trees (the pasture and paddocks are surrounded) and the 10-12' high wind breaks on three sides of a paddock good enough? He's a Percheron/CanadianX (Canadians are supposed to be known for their long winter coats) and before I bought him he was kept out in lease land - where I'm assuming there wasn't even a wind break for him.
Just asking for your opinions.