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Author: Gene Zerebilov

If you are in the market for a run in shed or a portable equine barn, I hope, the information and guidelines provided below will be of benefit not only to you, but also to your horses or other animals you are acquiring the shelter for. By following these recommendations you will make a wise investment in a properly built Equine Shed to last you for many years.

What to look for in a properly built Run In Shed or a Portable Horse Barn:

1. Base Of The Barn - To protect from rotting and termites, it is essential that your Horse Shed is built on top of pressure treated base in order to withstand many years of ground contact. The treatment of timbers used in the shed base must be specifically for ground contact. Recommended size of sill plates is 6"x6" and recommended treatment of sill plates is either ACQ .40 or any other treatment made for ground contact.

2. Wall Framing - Solid & well built wall frame is very important for the longevity of your horse barn or shed. Recommended materials to be used in wall construction is either Oak or Yellow Pine. When using green oak, keep in mind that frame built with green oak will shrink after several years and will not be as tight as in a newly constructed barn. Cedar is another choice, but it is an expensive choice to use for framing of your barn.

3. Siding - Two mostly used barn sidings are either metal or wood. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. In our guidelines we recommend the use of wooden siding verses metal due to the following:
Barn with wood siding generally stays several degrees cooler during summer heat & stays several degrees warmer during the winter. Wood siding is more dent resistant compared to metal siding and more look appealing. The only disadvantage of wood siding is its periodic maintenance, such as staining or applying wood sealer for better wood protection.

4. Kickboards - Either 1x8 rough-cut oak or 2x8 or 2x6 T&G yellow pine kickboards may be used inside the stalls. Make sure all the kickboards are at least 4' high.

5. Barn Roof - The roof must be engineered and built to withstand the snow load or wind rating for the area you live in. For run in sheds up to 12' in depth, 2x4 rafters set at 16" on centers are sufficient in most cases. If you live in northern states, 2x6 rafters are recommended to withstand heavier snow loads. 2x6 or even 2x8 rafters recommended on wider run in sheds and barns.

6. Roofing - A good quality roofing material properly applied, is also essential for longevity of your horse barn. Two different materials widely used are metal and asphalt shingles. From our prospective, asphalt shingles are a better choice for your horse shed, since metal is generally noisier during rain and might scare off some horses.
Metal will also keep your barn hotter during summer and cooler during winter compared to asphalt shingles. But metal roof might be a good choice for very windy or hurricane prone areas. If building or purchasing a barn with metal roof, make sure to use double bubble insulation (also known as condensation barrier) under metal. When choosing a barn with asphalt shingles, whenever possible pick shingles with a higher rated warranty. Shingles with higher rated warranty such as 30 year architectural shingles are thicker, heavier, look nicer and usually have at least 20 mph. higher wind rating, meaning they will withstand stronger winds compared to standard 25 year 3-tab asphalt shingles. Whatever shingles you choose, make sure they are applied over felt paper underlayment as per shingle manufacturer's recommendations.

7. Windows - Whenever possible choose your portable horse barn with bigger windows. Bigger windows will provide more light inside the stalls which is not only better for you, but also for your horses. Make sure windows can open to provide ventilation and make sure all stalls windows are protected by heavy duty window grills on inside of stall.

8. Dutch Doors - All of the Dutch doors must be built sturdy enough to withstand powerful kicks of horses. All the hardware such as door hinges, latches and chew bars (cribbing angles) must be heavy duty and preferably powder coated. One important thing to consider, is the length of door hinges. The longer hinges will better protect the doors from sagging. We recommend 20" heavy duty barn hinges for Dutch doors. Smaller hinges may be used on regular entrance doors.

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