Gimme Shelter(s)

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I mentioned in my first post that we recently moved our farm to a new location in sunny southern Idaho. Part of my business goal at our new location is to set up a small-scale horse motel and boarding operating, maybe branching into a modest guest ranch. That requires the right kind of horse facilities, such as easy-access stalls and paddocks. At the moment we have five stalls and paddocks, but we own eight horses. This all means we are poised to create some new horse facilities–while balancing the budget. With winter just around the corner, horse shelters are at the top of our “to do” list. Hubby Matt and I have been combing through books, periodicals and the Internet looking for a shelter design that’s chore-efficient, attractive, horse-safe and affordable.

We are thinking of going with some type of run-in shed. A two or three-sided, roofed, run-in shed provides excellent shelter and may be the most natural for a horse. It might also be a little easier on the pocketbook. This kind of shelter allows the horse to regulate his body temperature, get in and out of the driving rain and it has excellent ventilation

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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