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    I am refitting any existing barn it will be 2 stalls 12 x 14 and 6 ft left in front seems no safe way to close up barn and then turn into stall it seems. I have 16 hand plus horses.Have to make this decesion to be ready for horses arrival.
    I am in East Texas now and hubby and horses in NJ. I know I will be dealing with the heat but will they be fine with shedrow design when winter comes.
    It is so beautiful here . Thanks

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    Sorry, what's your question?

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      Is a shedrow type set up a good option in Texas? I would love to see others photos of this barn design also..

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        I currently have a L shaped shedrow on the hot and humid NC/ SC border. We have the option of converting to a center aisle and are doing that this year, but that is for resale value. I love my barn. I would make sure to have an over hang or roofed grooming area. For us this is accessible to the horses 24/7 and they love to come in out of the sun and stand under a fan. I will try to make an album on FB public when I get home from work.
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          thank you

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            What kind of barns do others around you have?

            That will help tell you what works best there.

            If you are where it rains more, you may want to have some way to stay out of the rain doing chores and caring for the horses.
            To stay out of the weather is harder to do with a shedrow barn, but for just two stalls, if oriented right, a shedrow would possibly work.

            If horses have protection when they choose to, they really do fine in cold weather, more than in hot, humid weather, so you may not have to worry about cold weather that much?
            More information and pictures would help.

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              There will be windows and there are gables at either end. I am installing fans but stronger than in NJ.
              Bluey the horses are generally out with cattle with no shelter but they are ranch horses.
              Mine are a Standardbred and a TBx they like being out but in Summer they were in a bank barn with fans.
              This is a big move one is 20 the other 18. They are shipping down with Equine Express. on the 29th so I am hustling .
              Everyone so far helpful here .I will take pics and see if I can post them.

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              • #8
                We love our shed row barn, and had decades of experience boarding in center-aisle ones for comparison before we built. We are in a very warm climate that can be humid at times (not a desert, so not that hot nor dry, and it also doesn't cool down here at night in the summer as much as in a desert), but not as humid as places such as East Texas or the Gulf Coast or the Midwest.

                We oriented the barn to catch both the predominate cooling breezes from the aisle side, and to offer protection on the side from which most severe weather comes; ours has a 12 foot aisle with an additional 3 foot overhang on the edge of the aisle, so there's plenty of room to work out of the weather.

                Around here, the typical center-aisle barns I've either boarded in or visited seem to be wind tunnels in the aisle yet somewhat stuffy in the stalls, although the ones with a raised center aisle (RCA) offer improved ventilation - if I had to have a center aisle barn in this climate, I'd sure try to find the additional $$ for that style.

                I've shipped horses a number of times with Equine Express, and that is the company I always recommend; best wishes for a successful move.

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                  To answer your basic question, yes your horses should be fine in a shedrow during an East Texas winter.

                  If you were building from scratch, I would suggest you orient the barn thoughtfully. My stalls all face east so they stay cooler in the summer. I did that because I have one horse with anhidrosis, but in general horses are more sensitive to heat than cold anyway. My run-in sheds have their open side to the south so they block the worst of the weather and let sun inside in the summer.

                  Since you're refitting an existing barn, you'll have to make do with what you have and hope it works. You can always make adjustments later with fans, shade cloth, etc.

                  Is the extra 6' going to stay open on the side or is there already a wall there?

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                  • #10
                    We have a shed-row type barn. I can't say I will do it again.

                    The pro is obviously: you get more air flow, so a cleaner environment. This is rather important in Oklahoma (and more so in Texas I'm sure). Air and bright. Our is close to our house so we can look out the window and see our horses poking their heads out of the stall front.

                    The con? Well, too much airflow. Every debris and leaves get blown into the barn and pile up against our pretty European stall fronts. It is also a gigantic pain to try to keep birds from nesting there...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gloria View Post
                      We have a shed-row type barn. I can't say I will do it again.

                      The pro is obviously: you get more air flow, so a cleaner environment. This is rather important in Oklahoma (and more so in Texas I'm sure). Air and bright. Our is close to our house so we can look out the window and see our horses poking their heads out of the stall front.

                      The con? Well, too much airflow. Every debris and leaves get blown into the barn and pile up against our pretty European stall fronts. It is also a gigantic pain to try to keep birds from nesting there...
                      Right.

                      The idea of having a barn is to have an environment protected from the weather outside.
                      To do that, some kind of center aisle or at least something enclosing the opposite side of the stalls is just the better mousetrap, no question there.

                      If someone wants airflow, they can engineer airflow in an enclosed structure easier than not being able to stop airflow in an open air one.
                      You can always open doors and windows, if you have doors and windows to open.

                      We had a shedrow barn and ended up putting canvas curtains in the front to even get some decent protection to the stalls from rain, snow and wind and the dust the wind was blowing.

                      Here is one such company that sells screens:

                      http://www.windscreensupply.net/live...es-and-cattle/

                      Look at the first picture there, a shedrow barn with a screen in front, that would work.

                      If you are going to have shedrow stalls, you may want to provide some kind of front you can close when necessary, if protection from the elements is why you have stalls.

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                        Originally posted by Libby2563 View Post
                        To answer your basic question, yes your horses should be fine in a shedrow during an East Texas winter.

                        If you were building from scratch, I would suggest you orient the barn thoughtfully. My stalls all face east so they stay cooler in the summer. I did that because I have one horse with anhidrosis, but in general horses are more sensitive to heat than cold anyway. My run-in sheds have their open side to the south so they block the worst of the weather and let sun inside in the summer.

                        Since you're refitting an existing barn, you'll have to make do with what you have and hope it works. You can always make adjustments later with fans, shade cloth, etc.

                        Is the extra 6' going to stay open on the side or is there already a wall there?
                        My impression was that the six feet left over is in front of the stalls, basically the roof overhang: "...it will be 2 stalls 12 x 14 and 6 ft left in front seems no safe way to close up barn..." Now, after reading your post Libby, I'm not sure which way the OP is configuring that space. A bit of punctuation in that sentence would have clarified things.

                        Did she mean,
                        ...it will be 2 stalls 12 x 14 and 6 ft left. In front, seems no safe way to close up barn...

                        Or,
                        ...it will be 2 stalls 12 x 14 and 6 ft left in front. Seems no safe way to close up barn...?

                        Enquiring minds want to know.
                        "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina

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                        • Original Poster

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                          I really like the wind screen idea Bluey it even looks nice.
                          Thanks for helping me sort it out

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