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Semi-permanent shelter?

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  • Semi-permanent shelter?

    I'm considering turning one of my fields into some "sacrifice paddocks" because the field is basically ruined anyway. I've been putting horses on it all winter/spring/summer and it's slightly larger than an acre, so...yea.

    What would be cost effective, semi-permanent, and hold up to occasional 50-60 mph winds? Don't mind a bit of DIY work or something that would be hard to pick up and move. The longer it lasts the better, but if it could get through the next year or 2, that would be enough I think.

    Any ideas?

    I have someone that could build a 10x20 w/ 4 foot overhang, wood w/ kick boards, center divider, and shingles for I believe $3,500, so I'm looking for something significantly cheaper than that, or else I will probably go with the wood shelters and just make things permanent, though spending that much (3500x2) will be more than I can really afford.
    come what may

    Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013

  • #2
    We have used a military surplus aircraft drag parachutes that are used to slow an airplane down once it has landed on a runway. We mounted using a central 5 inch post, the setup sort of like a tent .... these drag chutes we have were for a B52 which is are 60 feet in diameter. They are slotted to allow air through. We paid about $60 for it over ten years ago. It is nearly indestructible

    Here is a web link to a site that has some standard drop chutes for sale, note most likely none will have shroud lines because they are not supposed to be reused as jump or drop chutes


    we had it laid out to dry and the pony got under to get away from the flys


    • Original Poster

      Oh my goodness that second photo is so funny. I could see my QH pull something similar.
      come what may

      Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013


      • #4
        scroll down here
        to the last picture and description of the sheep shelter.
        i think i have a perfect spot for something like this for the horses.


        • #5
          I would go with the wooden shelter that you got a price on. You may end up eating peanut butter and jelly, and pasta without sauce, for a while to be able to afford it, but it sounds like exactly what you need.


          • #6
            Here's mine:

            Tarp is a billboard (really strong) and I used Tposts and plywood for the sides and hog panels for the top - very easy to make and super cheap and it has actually survived 100 miles gusts and sustained 30 - 40 mph winds.

            I have one for my hay storage as well.
            "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


            • #7
              We built a wooden shed. But before building I had considered installing this: http://www.tractorsupply.com/shelter...0-ft-h-1019607 I have read in reviews that most folks have them a couple years before the covers show signs of wear and tear. They make a slightly larger style one too. I'm not sure how it will hold up to the snow in your area though.

              Farmtek has a few that are more like the fabric covered indoors, these might hold up a little better.

              Another idea, would be what they call a "certified" carport. These have the extra stuff to strengthen the roof. You could get a tall one, anchor it, and then enclose the sides with plywood or T-111, etc.