Having the proper loafing shed plans will allow you to build the right shed for protecting your horses from bad weather. With the right loafing shed blueprints you will be able to build a strong and solid structure which stand the test of time and easily withstand harsh climate.
Here are the 9 most essential things you need to consider while building your loafing shed.
Select a location that is dry and properly drained. If the ground tends to remain wet in your area then you can prevent the land from getting muddy by adding gravel. Align the shed so that the front and back side of the shed are in the direction of the wind. This will allow proper aeration of the shed.
Best Shed Size
Build the shed large enough for the horse to move around the shed and also make sure that the shed had enough space for the horse to lie down comfortable. Leave approximately 100 square meter area for every horse on average.
Gates or Walls
Determine if you need a plain run in loafing shed or an enclosure which has a gate. You could also do both such that the horse can use it as a run in during daytime and as a stable during night.
If you choose to keep a dirt floor make sure to clean it regularly else it will eventually start stinking and collect water. If you build a concrete floor, put rubber mats and bedding on the floor to make it comfortable for the horses to stand.
Size of Entry Door
Check that the size of the entrance door is big enough for a tractor to go through it. This will help you quickly clean out the shed when needed.
Use of Gutters
Keep some gutters at the back of the shed roof to allow for quick drainage of water which runs off the roof. This will keep the water from falling on the horses when it rains too heavily.
Make sure the roof is high so that there is enough pace for the horse to jump or shake without hitting a beam and getting hurt.
Building Materials and Horse Safety
Make sure that you use wooden screws which are long enough to hold the pallets together firmly. Check that there are no parts jutting out on which the horse can hurt itself. Avoid using metals screws as they will rust quickly and may even hurt the horse when it moves.
Periodic Safety Inspection
Check the loafing shed for nails from horse shoes, splinters and other loose pieces periodically.