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post #1 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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what size loafing shed

what would be the minimum size for a loafing shed for two horses? Not to be fed in, just shade and weather shelter.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 03:10 PM
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Run-in shed you mean, right? Mine is 12 x 16 (12 is the depth/width), and gives plenty of room (they love using it in heat and in strong rain).

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, run in shed for hard rain and hot sun. Thanks, that was the info I was looking for. Do you have two horses who use it?
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 04:53 PM
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Yes, just 2 horses. I did some research while back and from what I remember the minimum recommended was 10 x 18, but I ordered already built (run-in + 2 stalls), so I decided to go with wider, but shorter (they couldn't deliver longer than certain length). I do think wider (12 instead of 10) is better though as it covers better from sun. I'm using it for 4 years already - so far so good.

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Really depends on how the two horses get along. I'd prefer 12' X 24' if there's a chance that the dominant one will keep the less dominant one out of the shelter. However, both of my horses and my 10.2 H pony will all cram into one 12 X12 frequently without squabbling because they're a well established herd.
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Really depends on how the two horses get along. I'd prefer 12' X 24' if there's a chance that the dominant one will keep the less dominant one out of the shelter.
That's actually a very valid comment I didn't even think about. Yes, definitely depends on how they are together. My mares been together since I got them, everything is established and they do just fine. They are also not huge (one is 14'3", one 15'1). If you have couple big drafts you may want bigger one indeed.

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Great information, thanks guys.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 10:03 PM
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In the new barn we're building (when it's not 100 degrees), we set aside a 10x30 run in for our three mares. We opened it up for them last weekend and it is more than enough room for them.

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