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i've done it before...time to do it again...making my summer to do list:  

i have GOT to build my horses a loafing shed....two to be exact...for 2 reasons...

1)  i now know, this has been our first winter here, that there is way too much standing rain in their paddock area...i had no idea!!! it looked like a great place for their paddock area...good gradual slope...next to the barn...overhang already there...BUT...somehow...when it rained it poured...and they absolutely are walking around in mud and crap up to their shanks!!! AND IT IS WORRYING ME TO DEATH!!! this paddock area is fine for over nights...but, i must provide them with shelter in their front pastures so that i can turn them out even on bad days...

2)  i want their paddock for another garden area :)

sooo...as stated...i have done this before on my old place...and now is the time to start rounding up materials for summer...who knows...maybe ill get it all before then...so, i can start early...i really would like to get it knocked out in the spring if the weather will let me....

i get most EVERYTHING by scavenging...so...always have to start early :)

goal:  2 loafing sheds in front pastures (1 for boys; and 1 for girls) just like the ones i built at the old place...memories :)

anyone got any ideas or inputs PLEASE share! :)

 
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teri morgan wrote:i've done it before...time to do it again...making my summer to do list:  

i have GOT to build my horses a loafing shed....two to be exact...for 2 reasons...
1)  i now know, this has been our first winter here, that there is way too much standing rain in their paddock area...i had no idea!!! it looked like a great place for their paddock area...good gradual slope...next to the barn...overhang already there...BUT...somehow...when it rained it poured...and they absolutely are walking around in mud and crap up to their shanks!!! AND IT IS WORRYING ME TO DEATH!!! this paddock area is fine for over nights...but, i must provide them with shelter in their front pastures so that i can turn them out even on bad days...
2)  i want their paddock for another garden area :)

sooo...as stated...i have done this before on my old place...and now is the time to start rounding up materials for summer...who knows...maybe ill get it all before then...so, i can start early...i really would like to get it knocked out in the spring if the weather will let me....

i get most EVERYTHING by scavenging...so...always have to start early :)

goal:  2 loafing sheds in front pastures (1 for boys; and 1 for girls) just like the ones i built at the old place...memories :)

anyone got any ideas or inputs PLEASE share! :)


I realize from what you've said you've got a dicey situation, Teri.  Wish I could help.  I don't keep horses, though before we put our barn to other uses we boarded a couple of horses for friends... long time ago now.

But I was intrigued when you said this: "i get most EVERYTHING by scavenging..."  Well, if your current circumstances and immediate demands allow you the time, I'd encourage you to share with us on this thread (has to do with scores, freebies, and cheap-finds): https://permies.com/t/56320/Frugal-smug-scored-real-deal

Any posts you make serve to circulate your name a bit more.  When you post somewhere else, just add a small bit about how you'd like to communicate with other's who are managing horses.  I'm sure there are some on Permes.
 
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Teri I am dealing with something similar and my solution was a paddock/sacrifice pen (sacrifical in the sense the ground is sacrificed of course) that can be rotational if you have the room. If not, maybe two loafing pastures that has a short trail where you can rotate them from the soggy stuff to dryer ground. As winter turns to spring the ground has been a lot wetter for us too, I never imagined Id see standing water and muck on our slope.

What size are you thinking for your sheds?
 
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