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post #1 of 32 Old 03-11-2020, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so excited guys. This was the year I am going to have my horses at home for the very first time, but my timeline has been moved UP! The house won't be done until May probably, when the frost line is gone and the load restrictions are off. My original plan was to send Shotgun to a trainer for the month of April to get him in shape for me, while I got a run-in shed and some fencing put up (because there is nothing currently). Well, my plans fell through with the trainer so now hubby and I are coming up with a game plan to build a shelter and get electric fencing up over the next two weekends. And then bring Red and Shotgun "home"!!! Did I mention I was excited?

So now I need to decide (quickly) what I want for a run-in shed. I am thinking around 12 x 36 in total size? I want the horse area to be roughly 12x24 and give myself the option of closing off half of it with gates, in the event I ever need to stall an injured horse. And then have the remaining area gated off so I can store square bales in there (mostly just for traveling - I will feed round bales over the winter) as well as a small area for feed, trailer shavings, bridle hooks on the wall, etc.

I will probably not be putting up a real barn for a few years, so my "barn" will be my horse trailer and this shelter. Which will do fine, because all I've had for years so far (really) is my horse trailer where I have been boarding. I've been able to keep some things in the barn (bag of shavings, extra bag of feed, extra buckets, etc) but I kinda tried to keep everything in my trailer if I could.

I kind of stole the idea for this type of run-in shed from where I boarded my horses a few years ago. It was a nice little setup.

Fortunately, hubby works in construction so he can build it for me! We already have a Bobcat, so we'll get a post digger (which we will need eventually anyway) in order to sink the ground poles. Slap some roof tresses on, and some tin and wood, and (hopefully) tada!

What type of run-in shed do you have? Tack area? Grain area? Of course I have been googling like crazy but I want to see what you guys have.
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post #2 of 32 Old 03-12-2020, 02:14 AM
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Mine probably doesn't really fit your post.
Temporary until enclosed carport can be installed.
They prefer the 5.5ft barn, the nutters, but have used it on rare occasions. 12x30ft would be better for my 5 ponies to all fit under during rain, but they generally don't care anyway...
I keep feed behind 2 fences and tack in the house or trailer. Just not worth it for the dummies to find a way to them.
Good grief, forgot to mention the enclosed one.
For sheep and alpacas, but out of odd cement/paper roofing & the plastic roofing. So safe if any dodo decides to try and plow through it.
Was going to enclose the pony one in the same way until we can get the carport w/thick plywood installed.
Used tposts and cable over the frame to keep them from flying away. We've had up to 60mph gusts already and only some slight wiggling.
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I don't have a run-in shed, but a pole barn.

My hubby designed and then we made the barn with stalls under the roof ourselves.
That said, we did a lot of online looking at ideas others had and then tweaked a few to make what we now have.
One place I found valuable for ideas different and the same, but made to withstand some serious horsing around was Horizon Structures. https://www.horizonstructures.com/horse-barns
Looking at their workmanship, construction and how this worked for that was amazing and idea-inspirational.
The types of materials they used, and combined together to make function also eye-appealing and long-lasting gave us things to think about, some we incorporated and some I've added to my future wish list.
I don't think this company has any structures in your area but you are building yourself and just looking for ideas...ideas they share willingly on their website.

The few pieces of information I will say to consider for your shed is a overhang and either insulate or place plywood of some wood product under the metal roof for several reasons and gutters.
That overhang by itself will make a huge difference in year round accessibility for your horses, having it be friendly in rain, snow, heat and cold weather times for them and you.
Any barn I ever do again will have a huge overhang as I have found how much my horses enjoy coming "home" daily to rest under the quiet of the barn security yet not be inside...
They are protected from all the weather as they choose and often just hang-out during the day to escape sun, flies, heat...forget the rain.
With that overhang we also keep our stalls dry, the horses protected from driving rains..mine don't get wet!!
Best is to get up early AM and see my horses all lying down under the overhang resting...
My neighbors horses when I invite them here, first thing they all do is drop and lay down under the overhang and rest...there must be something about overhangs is all I can think...

So the roof material itself...
Plan on some kind of under-layer or insulating of the metal roof...
My pole barn is metal roofed...still looks nice years after building it even in the Florida weather which is punishing...
It is horribly noisy in a downpour, so loud you can not hear yourself think "LOUD"...
My horses going under the barn at night collects condensation that once morning sun arrives now drops off onto anything below...tack, feed, horses backs, stalls and shavings...all can get pretty wet when dripping occurs for several hours till the sun dries up all that residual moisture...then we repeat it the next day.
We have a full-length cap to allow heat to rise and leave.
I wish we had known to insulate or place sheathing under the roof to insulate from heat/cold and to quiet the noise factor of rain with our weather daily having torrential rains in rainy season.
Otherwise, we love the roof, the brown color has withstood the onslaught of Florida weather extremes of punishing sun daily.
In fact, when our home needs a new roof done, hopefully many years from now, we will be having applied a metal roof as it can also insulate further our attic space reducing the overall heat built-up we then need the A/C tubing to cool down to pass cooling air throughout our home.
Nearly zero maintenance and the gutters/leaders already on our home can still be utilized so the deluge of water from storms is dissipated not puddling at the foundation.
Yes, regardless of where you live, any barn to me should have gutters installed to channel water away from the barn to reduce mud, standing water you need to traverse and flooding that often happens when horses pack the dirt making trails the water then follows in making the barn area wet.
A run-in shed if mine would be sporting gutters too for the same reason.


Enjoy your project and some pictures shared please.

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How exciting to have your horses at home!! Nothing better than that

I have sort of a run in shed with partitions, and call it a barn. It works extremely well for my horses comfort and mine. Keeping in mind I live in the south so was more concerned with keeping horses shaded.

My original tack/feed/hay room was 8'x16' and it quickly became inadequate. My barn started off with one 12x12 stall, two 10x12 stalls, and the 8'x16' combo room. A few years ago, I had an addition built with another 10x12 stall and a 12x12 hay room. I wish the hay room was bigger...even another two feet would make a huge difference, but I feed square bales exclusively.


Key points in my barn is all stalls face south. Two doors for each stall, so they can escape if run out by another horse. I made stalls because I have varying ages and nutrition needs.


You will want more room than you think, so plan on how to expand.


One open air door is not as protective in the wind as two doors separated by a bit of wall. For example two regular stalls, with center partition removed.


Pictures of my not fancy shed row barn, that my horses love. They go in it nearly every day on their own, and I can stall them up as needed. There was also a second addition to provide me with a wash rack, since the builders did not make the first aisleway (between combo room and second stall) wide enough to groom/tack up/wash horses. It turned into just a passage.

These were taken during construction of the addition.
1st picture over view from the north side, which shows the tack/feed room on the far left. Notice the small doors, that allow air to circulate but keep horses contained when needed.
2nd picture shows inside construction with crusher rock base.
3rd picture shows view down the row of stalls. The 4x8 sheet of plywood is placed on the front corner side wall so horses can eat in peace without neighboring horse reaching in.
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The stall on the far right was converted to the hay room. It can be turned into a stall if needed quite easily, but 4 stalls are plenty for my needs.

1) barn with addition freshly painted
2) Appendix QH in first stall next to combo room. This one is 12x12 and has half doors. I usually put new horses or big horses in this stall.
3) Wash rack addition before roof was installed. My old Dreamer modeling area
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The only changes I would make to my barn is to have the first aisle wider, so I could groom and tack up right next to the tack room. That was in the original plans, but the builder didn't do it right.

Other change would be to make the roofline longer on the north side, as I get rained on when walking along there. Horses stay dry, I get soaked...again, builder did not follow plans correctly

Final detail, for weather protection, doors are on opposite walls, so protected corner on the SW and NE corners, as that is where the bad weather normally comes from.

BTW that barn was built in 2009, so here I am 11 years later and no problem except when a tree limb went through the roof over the back of the combo room. $95 repair bill for that
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How exciting @Beau !

I have two of the prefab Amish built run-ins, which are very popular here in New England. It's really convenient; they are prebuilt, loaded on a flatbed, and as long as the truck can easily get in and out of your pasture, they can be dropped anywhere. They have a heavy-duty hook on the sides so you can relocate them with a tractor, etc if needed.


The "big" shed is 10x25- two 10x10 stalls and a 5x10 tackroom, where I have all my tack, 8-10 square bales, two garbage cans of pelleted food, and various other supplies on a long shelving unit. That little space works HARD and holds a ton. I had electric run in there, so there's a light in the tack room and heated buckets in the stalls for the winter.


The stand alone 10x10-I set it off on its own thinking that if I had a horse on stall rest, I could add some temporary fencing around it but still allow them to see their friends. Haven't had to use it for that yet (*knock on wood*) so it doesn't really even get used as shelter. I feed my bossy lead mare in there 2x daily so she doesn't harass the other two once she's finished eating.


I was actually really surprised just how roomy the 10x10 stalls feel. I had initially planned on 12x12, but realized I just didn't need that much space (my horses are all Morgans). The 10x10 is more than enough room for them to lay down at night for a nap. I also have a blocker tie ring on the side and in a stall and tack up in there when I'm riding, which is really convenient.



I've seen all three of them in one stall once, but I don't think that's a regular occurrence


Have fun picking out your sheds. I always love seeing other people's set ups!
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Nice setup @egrogan I might have bought those if they had been available in my area.
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Apparently I dont have any pics, but I have a 12'x36' run in. It was on the property when we bought it, its an awesome size for 2-3 horses. I ended up building in a section, and was planning on doing the other sections as well but I converted my garage into a barn instead LOL....honestly the only reason I didnt finish the run in was due to the fact its at the bottom of the property and quite far from water and electric. At this point I have my round bales delivered in the run in, I keep a few in the built in section and then put one into the open 12'x24' part of the run in so the horses have protection from the weather, as well as the round bale.

How exciting! Having your horses at home in my opinion is so much fun!
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Great pictures guys!!




Okay guys, so here is my tentative plan I drew up last night for hubby to figure out what we need for materials and measurements.







And this is several years down the road probably, but this is my future preliminary barn plan!








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Originally Posted by horselovinguy View Post

One place I found valuable for ideas different and the same, but made to withstand some serious horsing around was Horizon Structures

Oh yes, their site was on of the ones I was looking at last night for inspiration.


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Originally Posted by horselovinguy View Post
The few pieces of information I will say to consider for your shed is a overhang and either insulate or place plywood of some wood product under the metal roof for several reasons and gutters.
That overhang by itself will make a huge difference in year round accessibility for your horses, having it be friendly in rain, snow, heat and cold weather times for them and you.
Any barn I ever do again will have a huge overhang as I have found how much my horses enjoy coming "home" daily to rest under the quiet of the barn security yet not be inside...
They are protected from all the weather as they choose and often just hang-out during the day to escape sun, flies, heat...forget the rain.
With that overhang we also keep our stalls dry, the horses protected from driving rains..mine don't get wet!!
Best is to get up early AM and see my horses all lying down under the overhang resting...
My neighbors horses when I invite them here, first thing they all do is drop and lay down under the overhang and rest...there must be something about overhangs is all I can think

I do not plan on having an overhang on this run-in shelter. Instead we will "drop down" the front just to shelter it a bit more, such as this picture example I found:





On the future barn, that will have an overhang. But I won't do it for the run-in shelter.


The gutter is a good idea. That can always be easily added later too, if it is creating a water mess on the backside. The area of the property where I am placing things has a good slope to it, so we should have good drainage.

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