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  • Run-in shelters

    Hi,
    I posted a while back about mobile run-in shelters ... now I'm trying to decide whether to build a shelter (not mobile) or buy a mobile one. I'd prefer to have the mobility, but oy - the cost!! Is it worth it? Who has mobile shelters, how big are they, and what are the advantages? If your shelter isn't a mobile one, where did you get the plan, what's it made of and how much did it cost you to build? This is my one-year solution to bring the horse home - we're just finishing building a house and don't have money for a barn right now, so I'm just doing a shelter and pasture to start.

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    I have researched TONS of mobile shelters. There are some out there that are quite reasonable. I want to go mobile since our farm is constantly "evolving" and I want the option of transporting them should we decide to move things around.

    I found a gentleman that sells very nice looking 10X12 sheds for around $1200 and that includes delivery. You put them together yourself but no special tools are needed. I can PM you his email address if you're interested. I'm planning on ordering a couple of them later this summer. He can do custom sizes as well. I think a 12X15 was around $2000-$2500.
    We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts. ~Harold Nicolson

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    • #3
      We make our own horse and cattle sheds and the materials, framing metal, sheet metal and plywood liner run about $700 for a 12' by 27' shed.
      Local welders make them for less than $1500.
      You could ask around where you are who makes them.
      Here, we had one finished in the back, were working on another:

      http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...g?t=1278420009

      Here they are, in some cattle pens, two 12' by 27', set as one long shed, with a panel in the middle, as they serve two pens.
      We dig a hole on each end, drop a chain with a bolt on the bottom crosswise, fill with 3 sacks of concrete mix and water and bolt or weld to the bottom of the shed, to anchor them down, important in our very high winds:
      Not lined, they are for cattle:

      http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...g?t=1278420176

      They are portable, you can drag them around or load them on a flat bed trailer and go anywhere with them.
      For highway travel, you need to check about permits, because that may limit how deep you make them.

      You may check what others come up where you live and who does it.

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      • #4
        Bluey, that is a cool run in. Much as I love him, I wouldn't let Mr. Chai within twenty feet of a blow torch. He is a great horse husband, but power tools are not his friend.

        So when we needed a shed, I found this incredible one at Jamaica Cottage Shop in Jamaica, VT. It came pre-made on a flatbed and they just dropped it onto the area we had prepared with gravel and stone dust. We had to buy the 10 x 12 because our local building regs. require a foundation for anything bigger than that, which would have cost as much or more than the shed.

        It has lasted beautifully through ten New England summers and winters. It is made from post and beam construction with huge hooks so you can drag it with a tractor to move it, or take it with you if you move. I love it and I wish I had three more. Here's a photo and the website.

        www.jamaicacottageshop.com

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        • #5
          Ours- http://pets.webshots.com/album/568355204kCGBUa . Size 12x24, cost about $800 to build if I remember correctly. Building material prices have gone down a little since then. No plans, DH is a carpenter and a shed like this is Carpentry 101.

          If you buy a mobile shed, be sure that any exposed lumber is treated or southern yellow pine (SYP). Horses will eat common lumber like it's candy.

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          • #6
            Bluey, what size is the tube stock you're using? I don't think around here we could build them as cheap as you do. Last time I bought tube stock it was about $14 for a 20 foot stick of 1". I'd like one portable shed, but I wonder how long steel would last in KY's very humid weather.

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            • #7
              We have 3 run-ins - 2) 14'X20', 1) 14'X32'
              Spent approx $6500 on labor and materials for all 3.

              We hired carpenters to put in the posts and frame the roof. We bought the roofing material and Mr. Bays installed it. I installed the walls (2"X6") myself.
              Eventually, we added a divider in the bigger one and gates on each end so it's now 2 "stalls".

              The "pre-fab" ones I looked at cost that much EACH!

              Decide how big you want it and how handy you are. Farm out as much work as you need. Screwing in boards and painting isn't rocket science. (Mr Bays doesn't think that's funny - he IS a rocket scientist!)
              You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by shakeytails View Post
                Bluey, what size is the tube stock you're using? I don't think around here we could build them as cheap as you do. Last time I bought tube stock it was about $14 for a 20 foot stick of 1". I'd like one portable shed, but I wonder how long steel would last in KY's very humid weather.
                We used old windmill pipe for the bottom.
                The square tubing my neighbor got it from his uncle, that runs an iron scrap yard.
                The sheet metal, we got seconds from a company that sells to commercial builders.

                If rust is a problem, how about painting the metal, so it doesn't rust?
                Wood also needs to be protected where you are, I bet.

                We are so dry here, stuff mommifies, doesn't rust or rot.

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                • #9
                  You all are giving me the urge to embark upon a summer project here . . .

                  I have the most gorgeous pasture, but there is NO shelter out there, NO shade until about 6pm, so on days when I work 11 hours I'm forced to put them in the small paddock that's attached to the sacrifice area. That paddock, after lots of grazing and lots of 11 hour days, is TIRED this summer. And all the grass in the big pasture is ungrazed and un-trodden-upon, because I haven't any shelter/shade for them out there.

                  So if anyone has plans to post (or links) for a semi-DIY shelter (fixed would be OK) for 2-3 horses, I'd be grateful.
                  Click here before you buy.

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                  • #10
                    How about the Klene Pipe frame options? Metal frame sent in a kit, you construct and cover with your own materials. I've seen a couple, they are pretty nice when finished off.
                    And you can dissassemble to take them with you.
                    (I lust after their big bale feeder!)

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                    • #11
                      Thanks, LC--that's right about what I'm looking for, and they're not very far away, either.
                      Click here before you buy.

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                      • #12
                        This is an awesome thread, I just forwarded it to my boyfriend and will be book marking when I get home! I love your sheds Bluey, and Shakey!

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                        • #13
                          This is an awesome thread, I just forwarded it to my boyfriend and will be book marking when I get home! I love your sheds Bluey, and Shakey!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chai View Post
                            Bluey, that is a cool run in. Much as I love him, I wouldn't let Mr. Chai within twenty feet of a blow torch. He is a great horse husband, but power tools are not his friend.

                            So when we needed a shed, I found this incredible one at Jamaica Cottage Shop in Jamaica, VT. It came pre-made on a flatbed and they just dropped it onto the area we had prepared with gravel and stone dust. We had to buy the 10 x 12 because our local building regs. require a foundation for anything bigger than that, which would have cost as much or more than the shed.

                            It has lasted beautifully through ten New England summers and winters. It is made from post and beam construction with huge hooks so you can drag it with a tractor to move it, or take it with you if you move. I love it and I wish I had three more. Here's a photo and the website.

                            www.jamaicacottageshop.com
                            Those are gorgeous, but OUCH $$$$$$

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                            • #15
                              I also brought home my 4 horses and needed 2 run in sheds, since I only have a 2-stall barn. After much research I decided to go with Hillview minibarns in Maine, I bought 2 10x10 sheds, , pre-built and delivered, for $4000. they are well, built, with southern pine kickwall on inside, and mobile with sturdy metal hooks on base of shed for towing. The neighbors have also commented on how nice they look. I had a Kleen Pipe structure built years ago and spent twice that amount on materials and labor when all was said and done.

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                              • #16
                                Doesn't the uninsulated metal run-in act like an oven in the summer, and collect condensation in the winter ?
                                ... _. ._ .._. .._

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                                  Doesn't the uninsulated metal run-in act like an oven in the summer, and collect condensation in the winter ?
                                  Not ours. I wonder if those would be more a concern in larger or more closed up sheds?
                                  Never have seen condensation or dried up marks of it and it is definitely cooler in the shade.

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                                  • #18
                                    Run ins, permanent ones anyway, are pretty easy to build. If you have a friend with one you like, take pictures and measurements. Any handyman, carpenter, etc. worth his or her salt can put one up in a day or so. We built our lean-to/overhang for our barn ourselves and also a free standing one for our back porch area.

                                    Never thought about mobile ones...

                                    I love Bluey's--those are nice, but with horses, you'd need to line then with wood, wouldn't you?
                                    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                                    • #19
                                      Are there degrees of mobile?

                                      http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...=1&topnav=&s=1
                                      Balance is the perfect state of still water (Confucius)

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                                      • #20
                                        Do check out the Klene Pipe types. Can be mobil or stationary, however you want them. The wood added is heavy enough to keep them in place (unless you get a hurricane or tornado) and you can easily add trailer ties to hold them down.
                                        To move around the property, pull up ties and drag it with a tractor no problem. To move it to a new property, unscrew the wood, disassemble and take it with you.

                                        I'm not very handy at all and helped a couple people put these up in no time. Easy peasy! Tells you how to cut the wood and had built on tabs to attach the wood to. It's like building a large popsicle-stick house!
                                        You jump in the saddle,
                                        Hold onto the bridle!
                                        Jump in the line!
                                        ...Belefonte

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