I've learned so much after having the horses at home nearly a year! One lesson learned is that the way I had the sheds placed is not really working for the horses. Here is how they are currently set up:
The single shed never- NEVER- gets used. Since the horses are turned out 24/7, I originally put it off on its own as I thought that if I needed a separate "stall" type area, e.g., for a sick or injured horse, I could easily separate it from the rest of the sacrifice paddock with temporary fencing and/or a gate across the front. (I do have a barn, but it's a 1/4 mile walk down the road from the main turnout pasture, and in the winter, it can be an anxious, icy walk.) OK-so, that was my rationale, but practically speaking, it means the two more dominant horses stand in the main 2-stall shed, and the submissive girl just stands outside the 2-stall shed through all kinds of snow and nasty weather. This single shelter is never used.
Except this one time
Another lesson learned during the very wet fall and now slow melting spring is that we need to improve the footing dramatically, in both the sacrifice area and the sheds themselves. Sadly, all that nice grass in the summer pictures is long gone and this has become the sacrifice area. So, while we're investing in having pros with equipment back there digging up mud and leveling things out, I'd like to have the single shed dragged to a new location where it will get used. That's where I'd love your advice! Would you:
1. Drag it back to the double shed and tack it onto the end (the right side of the picture)
2. Drag it back and put it perpendicular to the double shed and create an L?
3. Drag it back but keep it somewhat separate?
4. Something else I'm not thinking of?
Because of the way the rain/wind/snow moves across that field, I don't think it's an option to drag the single shed back and turn the opening around facing the double shed, it will be inhospitable in there on stormy days as the weather will just blow right in.