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Lori1983 10-01-2009 02:10 PM

Affordable shelter materials
Hey! I need to build a larger shelter now that I have 2 horses and winter is coming on. My dad is a carpenter, and he drew up a plan for a shelter...and the materials estimate was $750!

If that's how much I have to spend, I will, obviously. However, that cuts into my emergency vet bill budget, which makes me nervous.

My mom, who has owned horses, says that 3 sides and a roof work just fine. My dad, who is a perfectionist, drew it up a little more elaborate. I want my girls to be sheltered from the wind and rain, but Annie barely uses shelter (she prefers to be out), and it's hard to justify spending that much.

What do you guys think? LoL, I don't want to be cheap to the point of being tight-fisted, but I would like to be frugal. Is a three-sided shelter with a roof sufficient? What are some cheap but durable materials to use?

I live in southern Indiana, so the winters aren't awful. We usually get snow once a winter, if that.


Lori1983 10-01-2009 02:40 PM

So...this may sound crazy, but what about a ShelterLogic shelter? They are closer to my budget range, and portable.

Something like this...

10' x 20' Auto Shelter Shelter Logic -

INAppy 10-01-2009 02:49 PM

I live in Northern Indiana, and a three sided shelter is fine, as long as you have the open side in the direction you get the least amount of wind from. I have mine pointing East.

reining girl 10-01-2009 05:30 PM

I have actually seen many people use them, they say they work and there alot cheaper, so why not give it a try.

Lori1983 10-01-2009 09:08 PM

Great, thanks guys! I actually found this very model on a super-sale for $200. So it's not too much of a risk if it doesn't work out. Also, the canvas panels are replaceable. The "roof" is $75 to replace when needed, as is the side panel kit. The frame is 2" steel and it can be anchored. Plus, if I move my horses, it can go with me. Thanks for the input!

NorthernMama 10-01-2009 09:45 PM

I was thinking of doing the same thing. In the summer it would be for the horses in the paddock across the road and in the winter I'd put my boat it in (the horses have the barn).

My concern is -- what if the horses decide they have an itch? Those shelters don't seem strong enough to take that.

Lori1983 10-01-2009 10:19 PM

Ha ha! Good point...I looked and ShelterLogic makes these specifically for horses, too...and they don't seem to be much different than this one, except they have "equine" in the name and are twice the price. :) But even if they tear a canvas panel off, it's easy and affordable to fix. The actual steel structure is really sound. LoL, if you want me to report back to you in a couple months, I'd be happy to. :) This is sort of an experiment for me.

NorthernMama 10-02-2009 08:51 PM

Thanks. I still have to decide what I'm going to do. Maybe I'll try this. I wonder how well they stand up snow accumulation. I know someone around here tried one of these types of shelters, but I don't know what brand. He put his restored 60's Mustand in it for the winter and guess what happened... :( He wasn't too impressed.

Lori1983 10-03-2009 09:58 AM

^Eek. I would be mad, to say the least. Yeah, we don't get a lot of snow here at all...last winter we had one storm and got 9 inches, and it was literally all they talked about on the news. :) So I couldn't tell you much about the snow. ShelterLogic is supposed to be one of the better brands, but hundreds of pounds of snow is hundreds of pounds of snow, regardless of the brand.

PaintHorseMares 10-03-2009 10:58 AM

I've heard they were pretty good, but won't hold up the weight of snow (or here in NC, hail, as a friend of mine found out).

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