Sharing our solution to building an affordable Run In Horse Shelter.
The paddock had an existing, strong and sound, structure with pipe panels and metal roofing.
At 12×12 ft it offered plenty of room, deep enough to create shade at most angles, but with no wind-break and very beat up footing.
The large feeder also took up way too much space.
Easy to improve on! First I dug out the rocks, filled in the holes, and made the ground more even by using a tamper after spreading out layers of hog fuel.
Then 4 stall mats at 1 inch thick on top. Anyone have two extras to sell? It will of course be a lot better with the entire space matted.
The space needed a total of 9 OSB (Oriented Strand Board) Wood Panels at 8×4. The OSB is around half the price of plywood. Painted with quality outdoor paint they should last for some time.
Keep cost low by using various leftover outdoor paint for the interior of the shelter, unless you really want it color coordinated. Never mind Miss Piggy in the corner there.
Hay spread on the ground for some time to encourage her to keep the shelter clean. (Um, yeah, it’s working so so.)
Then enter my Supah Stahrr Husband, to attach the wood panels to the outside of the pipe paneling!
With minimal yelling he worked hard in the Sacramento Valley late summer heat. Dousing your crew with Fly Spray helps minimize stomping.
We tried with 2 simple sets of hinges to attach the feed door. Since Valiosa is on record as the fastest hay-eater, she eats from a hay bag hung in through the “door”.
And there it is – Completed run in shelter from Dressage On A Dime! In the main barn color to boot! With horse actually in it. Which is a rarity.
Planters below made by painted feed buckets. Not endorsing this idea in any way. She immediately ate the fresh planted oak trees and pulled out the ivy…
That’s why we love them. (?)
Find the next, updated, post about the shelter here: Mud Season