|Address||33228 Richmond St, Lucan, ON N0M 2J0, Canada
All our shelters are built on 6x6 pressure treated base with 2x6 framing and roof truss . All corners are triple laminated 2x6 and triple laminated 2x8 header . They all have pine lining 1x12 board 7 FT high on the inside and pine or metal on the outside .The roof is also metal. You can choose from many colours !The corners are also done on metal. They all have large tow hooks on all 4 corners.
Recommended Size for a Run-In Shed.Many people are unsure about what size run-in shed to buy. While there are some general guidelines regarding the optimal size, much of determining what size shelter is best depends on your horse(s). Some online sources recommend providing a minimum space of 12'x12' for each horse. Another source recommends 10'x10'. Yet another suggests space should be calculated as 60-80 square feet per 1000 pounds of horse.
At Green Valley Exteriors, we generally tell people that a 12'x18' run-in shed is usually adequate for 3 average sized horses (about 15 hands) that will share their space without fighting.As any horse owner knows, horses - being herd animals - have a definite social "pecking order" with some members of the herd being more dominant then others. It would not be uncommon to see a pasture with one horse comfortably enjoying the shelter of the shed and its herd mates all shivering in the rain outside!
A Few Suggestions.
1. Always buy "wider" as opposed to "deeper." This will make it more difficult for a more dominant horse to block the entrance and easier for the other horses to get inside.
2. It is better to buy several smaller sheds and spread them throughout your pasture then one larger, longer shed. If you do have a dominant horse, this will prevent it from "guarding" the single building and keeping the other horses out.
3. Avoid feeding your horses inside the shed. Some horses can get very territorial when it comes to their food. It is best if your horses do not learn to associate the shed with feeding time.
Finally, you may find, after going to the trouble and expense of setting up a run-in shed for your horses, that they don't appear to be using it! Horses are generally very well adapted to withstand cold temperatures and don't seem to mind rain or snow. However, it is very important that your horse has shelter from driving winds and hail as well has a cool, shaded place to go on a hot summer day.The interior should be at least 10' high and include at least 4' high kickboard.
Customers often ask if they need a taller structure for their taller (17h) horses and are concerned about the clearance on the open side. Rest assured, your horses will lower their heads to enter. The 7'+ is perfectly fine. Also, keep in mind, if you are purchasing a pre-built run-in shed, there are transportation height restrictions . Sheds higher than 10' would have to be built on-site.
Finally, when setting up your run-in shed, always face the open side away from prevailing winds and place the structure on a level, slightly elevated spot or try to build up the floor to keep it is dry as possible inside.
As always, please feel free to call us at 519 227 0049 or my cell 519 870 0717 if you have any questions or would like help choosing the best run-in shed for your unique situation.
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