Horses relish being turned out to pasture. It allows them to freely graze, play, and gallop like their wild mustang cousins. It also promotes overall physical and digestive health, which helps keep your horse fit, prevent colic, and more.
It is so beneficial, in fact, that almost all healthy horses should be turned out to pasture for a few hours each day, if not continually. But pastures can be harsh environments – ripe with excessive sun, wind, rain, snow, or insects. There is an economical and easy way to help protect your horse and promote safer turnout time.
Run-In Shed Benefits
At their most basic, run-in sheds help protect pastured horses from the elements. They offer shade from bright summer sun, escape from spring and fall rains, and act as a barrier against strong winter winds and snow. In addition, run-in shelters help create an insect-free reprieve from stable, horse, face, and other flies that tend to shy away from shaded areas. Overall, your horse seeks a run-in shed for comfort, no matter the season or weather.
Run-in sheds also benefit your horse’s health. Since many promote airflow, most run-in shelters are better ventilated and accumulate less dust and mold than stables or stalls. This helps prevent respiratory distress and illness, as well as other health conditions. Unlike barns or stables, run-in sheds also allow your horse to enter or leave the shelter if and when he wants. This allows your horse to quickly escape weather, insects, or dominant pasture mates, which helps promote psychological well-being, activity, and greater overall health.
Advanced, Modern Designs
Traditionally, run-in sheds were three-sided structures fashioned from wood, tin, or cinder block. True, these structures offered weather protection and free access for your horse. However, most also had high maintenance costs and questionable safety, especially after a season or two left in the pasture. In addition, the third side stifled ventilation and often served to trap less dominant horses in the herd.
Our modern run-in sheds, however, offer the ultimate in safety, convenience, and ventilation, all with minimal or no maintenance costs. Each design includes:.